Nightfell is a d-beat super-group that brings about Todd Burdette of the classic crust bands Tragedy and His Hero is Gone with Tim Call of Mournful Congregation. I feel like I don't really need to go on -- two dudes who have made some of the most seminal hardcore punk in the same room. And it's mastered by Brad Boatright of From Ashes Rise fame! This is ridiculous. It's coming out via the trusty Southern Lord.
LP £16.99 LORD190LP
Ltd LP on Southern Lord.
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Todd Burdette is a bona fide crust punk legend, having played in a whole rash of amazing bands, most notably His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Severed Head of State and Warcry, so seeing his name on a record is always reassuring. This latest project sees him taking care of guitar, bass and vocals with Aldebaran/Mournful Congregation's Tim Call offering up his expert skin-whacking skills.
"D-beat supergroup" says our item description but this is really more of a metal record than I expected, taking the slickly produced stadium-crust stylings of recent Tragedy output and stretching it out on an epic metal rack until its joints start to pop. My favourite moments come when they slow it down to a sludgy dirge like in 'I Am Decay' or a woozy mystical plod like the Neurosis-esque 'Empty Prayers', but when they're thundering through breathless riffs and a black-metal-inspired double-bass-pedal-driven whirlwind of drums they make a pretty intimidating racket too - The LP's split roughly 50/50 between the pacey BM-inspired numbers and the more doomy numbers, with the Darkthrone-on-a-big-budget churn of 'The Hollowing' being my favourite of the more frantic tracks. Not bad at all.
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