NECKBREAK NATION - STROKE OF THE DEVIL'S HOUR (Mighty Music Records/Target
The name of a band often guides us to the musical approach and style and with this new band Neckbreak Nation their goal is clear: headbanging from start till finish!
The album takes only 37 minutes and contains 9 tracks, but after a short introduction ‘Endless’ blows my speakers! Vocals that are furious but with a pretty wide range guide us through songs like ‘Detest The Faith’, ‘Evolve To Six’ and ‘Another Lie’. All tracks on this album have potential and as people say: there are no fillers, just killers. Most tracks take in between 4 to 6 minutes, which means that it’s not only a thrash metal assault that we get, but there is also a lot of attention to the arrangement. Some songs start with really nice guitar parts, be it rather modest, but it’s preparing for total eruption after 1 minute (‘Another Lie’). Other tracks have a deadly rhythm from the beginning to get the neck in the right shape (‘Beyond The Treachery’), and there is also a short intermezzo to catch a breath in between the violence and mayhem (‘Interlude To Inception’). The final track on this album is called ‘Outcasts’ and spreads the final attack. I know that a duration of 37 minutes is really poor but at the end I prefer a complete album that begs for another spin instead of an album of 60 minutes with useless bleating.
I was wondering what his band is all about and I was beaten speechless that this is a Dutch band. Furthermore, the drummer of Neckbreak Nation is Ivo Maarhuis, who is also active in another highlight from Holland: Izegrim. It seems like this drum animal still has time left, so he keeps on pounding the drums with no mercy! Jelle and Pascal are the two axemen on duty and they deliver outstanding riffing! Leigh Chambers of UK band Warpath also joined during the recording sessions to play a blistering ‘guest’ solo in the closing track ‘Outcasts’.
Neckbreak Nation created an album that hits as a blunt force. The band has concocted a lethal brew of groove-ridden modern Thrash metal, that will please the metal masses that are hungry for new talented Thrash metal bands! A more diversified booklet and better front cover artwork could result in some extra points, but regrettable that’s not valid on this release. I only have one more task to fulfill and that’s starting search on this band’ their EP ‘Warchitects’, which is released in 2011, and contains 5 songs that aren’t present on their debut album. I’ll keep my eyes open on Neckbreak Nation and Mighty Music surpassed themselves once again with this high skilled thrash metal attack!
My rating: 85 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish