NOCTURNAL BLOOD – Devastated Graves – The Morbid Celebration
"Devastated Graves" is the first full-length release from Ghastly Apparition, the sole member of Nocturnal Blood. The music is black death, calling to mind Teitanblood with a bit of Autopsy thrown in for good measure, from the song-writing through to production. The emphasis is on relentless pounding beats rather than atmosphere and the songs are simple and direct.
I am a massive fan of this type of music, but the problem is that this album didn’t do enough for me. There are plenty of bands out there playing this type of thing much more effectively – from Archgoat’s throbbing, atmospheric darkness, the insane power of Teitanblood or the technical prowess and sickness of Autopsy.
"Devastated Graves" is a good album. It is fairly enjoyable for a few spins, and I can imagine that there are those out there who will really get into it. I just feel that it is not dark enough, not atmospheric enough, not powerful enough and not twisted enough to rate a higher score.