Rage Nucleaire - Black Storm of Violence

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015

Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy) is back again with his Black Metal band, Rage Nucleaire. Though I was never much of a Cryptopsy fan, I do find myself liking Rage Nucleaire a lot more. I missed their first LP, 2012’s Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, but after listening to Black Storm of Violence, I think I might try to track it down. While I’ve heard this band described as having a similar sound to Anaal Nathrakh, I don’t hear Rage Nucleaire as being that Industrial. They have a similarly mechanical drum sound, and the riffing style is in the same vein, but Rage Nucleaire is more stripped down. Both bands have keyboards as part of their arsenal, thoughAnaal Nathrakh uses them far more than these guys do. When I heard that this band contained an ex-member of Cryptopsy, I expected it to be hyper-technical, but this isn’t the case at all. It’s very simplistic, and the no-frills, no-wankery approach makes Rage Nucleaire far more listenable. Lord Worm sounds like a psychotic Donald Duck raging into a microphone with so much reverb on it that you literally can’t understand a damn thing he’s saying - which may be the point. If you think of him as just another instrument, this works very well. One of the detractions I’ve heard about this album is that only Lord Worm sounds like he’s totally into it. Having listened to this multiple times with that in mind, I have to say that this is a valid point. While he sounds like a raging psychotic, the other members do seem a little on the flat side. I wouldn’t say that the other players are lifeless, just that things sound a little too clean and precise. Maybe having a rawer or more distorted guitar sound, and a more natural drum tone would have made this better, though it might have had the opposite effect and turned everything into a bigger ball of sound than it already is. I still found this LP to be something that I enjoyed. While it could have used a more powerful production, particularly where the guitars are concerned, I still recommend checking it out, if for no other reason than to hear just how insane Lord Worm sounds.

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