Nocturnal Witch are a duo from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and old school mixture of black and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "A Thousand Pyres" which will be released in April as a joint effort by by Undercover and Evil Spell Records Records.
Dark yet melodic guitar leads start off the album along with some heavy riffing a few seconds later. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling while the vocals mix the first and second w ave of black metal style screams together.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A decent amount of dark sounding melodies can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the music also brings in a great amount of 80's and 90's influences without sounding outdated along with some elements of thrash.
Ritualistic sounding synths can also be heard briefly while the music also mixes in influences of Greek and South American black metal and adds in a touch of German thrash metal and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover occultism, evil, darkness and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Nocturnal Witch and if you are a fan of raw and old school black and thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Downfall Of The World" "Dark Forces" and "Raise The Swords". 8/5 out of 10.