Rage Nucléaire - Unrelenting Fucking HatredLord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy) is a legend of sorts, a man who has a distinctive voice, was an English teacher on the side and gained his name from ingesting worms on stage (smart chap). He re-enters the world of extreme metal with a new project – Rage Nucléaire – and the bizarre sounds of “Unrelenting Fucking Hatred.” Nasty eh? Yeah, kinda. “Unrelenting Fucking Hatred” is certainly mean – the sound is one that assaults on all fronts and Lord Worm’s vocal technique is as furiously wailing as ever it was before. ‘Violence is Golden’ begins the record with fiery screams and mad keyboard passages that should add a melodic note to proceedings but it all gets a little overwhelming at times and the sampled gun blasts and air raid sirens don’t do much to help matters.

‘The Gift of the Furnace’ and it’s nice synth line that segues abruptly into driving guitars (Dark Rage – yes really. Amazing.) and blasting drums is a highlight if only for Lord Worm’s phlegm-filled throat approach to singing. It’s brilliant until you get to the weird shouting German speech half way through and then you’re back in the midst of swirling keyboards (Alvater – who also apparently plays bass on this record). ‘Fields of the Crucified’ is pretty great though – the drums (Fredrik Widigs) are tightly militaristic and that riff is catchy as hell.

“Unrelenting Fucking Hatred” is sort of great but…..not really. It’s bonkers at times and has some excellent “what the fuck” moments that should be a part of black metal yet there’s something missing. It’s all a bit muggy and the album sounds a little like it’s been buried under a city destroyed by nuclear war then dug up again 100 years later and listened to on a retro piece of equipment no-one remembers. Unless that’s the point? Who even knows anymore?

It’s likely that all these little niggles are actually what makes Rage Nucléaire’s “Unrelenting Fucking Hatred” brilliant but it’s hard to see past the things that make it not so brilliant. The samples are strange and the keyboards are entirely too prominent and a bit samey for the most part. Guitars aren’t given the space to completely burn and the bass is lost altogether. Promising stuff though and there’s some definite good stuff hidden in the album that a couple of listens will reveal. It’s hard work and it’s just so fucking loud and well, unrelenting. Fair play Rage Nucléaire. Fair play.

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