(Review by Officer Nice)

There has been furious reactions in Belgium after one of the main people behind the organization of Graspop had in an interview for Aardshock saying Belgium has hardly any qualitative Metal bands. Hearing these words from a Belgian lad created a storm of negative reactions from the Metal fans in the lowlands. Everybody understands that only money counts for these organizations, that they are profiting of the Metal scène but nobody accepts these words. Everybody understands that Belgian bands won’t bring ten thousands of fans to the Festival but that has nothing to do with it!  It’s all about respect! Not that the fans will boycott the festival but on Facebook for example the reactions were clear!

Belgium has good things to offer, let nobody doubt this! New bands like Evil Invaders, Evil Shepherd and Beyond The Labyrinth released great albums and oldies like Ostrogoth and Black Widow stroke back with a vengeance. After All has anything to break through international since Sammy Peleman is their new front man. Mentioning Channel Zero in that specific interview as the only band that’s worth a place on the festival is poor because they weren’t even the best Thrash Metal band Belgium ever had, Cyclone was!

The reason why I am opening this review with these words is the fact that I am listening to a new Belgian band with an Italian name; Notti Del Terrore. Maybe the organization of Graspop should give this band a shot! Why? Because it’s a band with all ingredients modern Metal is asking for! I’m not the biggest fan of Nu-Metal and Industrial sounding Metal but this band impresses! Leaving all my knowledge of the Eighties Metal behind I listened to this record with an open mind. And what do I hear? Well a band that sounds far better than lots of international formations I have heard of seen before!

From the beginning until the end Notti Del Terrore creates an atmosphere that made me listen with ears wide shut. A wall of sound is heading my way and it’s rather impossible to ignore these guys. Even the leads are worth mentioning, played with the right sense! The drums are electronic but do you think it bothers me? No f****ing way! “Recharge” is incredibly strong to start this CD with, as sharp as a razor! The title of the second track, “Unstoppable Killing Machine” says it all about this band from Antwerp! I am enjoying songs like “Summoning Tchernobog” and others in which some great samples are mixed!

And so this band goes further and further on a very strong production. Also adorable are the clean vocals here and there, more what I like but that’s a personal meaning. To be honest I am wondering how this album should sound with only those kind of vocals. Well, the aggressive vocals of Ken don’t miss their effect as well, job well done! The songwriting is amazingly strong and the industrial sound doesn’t stand any emotional passages in the way!

Notti Del Terrore mixes Thrash Metal arrangements in vein of Anthrax, Annihilator and Forté with influences of bands like Fear Factory and lots of bands from the latest generation. Notti Del Terrore created their own sound and I am quite sure this band will break through. There are no boundaries for these guys, so go with the flow and make us proud! They are showing their middle finger to all those who disbelieve Belgian Metal, to those in whose eyes money is more important than music! Job well done if you’re able to convince an old school Metal head like me.

My Points: 86 / 100   


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 89: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish