RAGE NUCLÉAIRE - Black Storm Of Violence
August 18, 2014, a year ago
(Season Of Mist)
“First of all, fuck you!” begins Black Storm Of Violence’s opening track, “Annihilation Frenzy”, and this scribe can think of few other bands that could fulfill that kind of initial moment and mandate. Rage Nucléaire’s brand of torment (and we don’t use that kind of hyperbole lightly) is created by Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy), Alvater (ex-Frozen Shadows) and Dark Rage (ex-Cryptopsy) and the band’s 2012 debut, Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, merited its title, this Montreal group scorching earth from its beginnings. Written by, and for, the most avid of black metal purists, Black Storm Of Violence is a creed as much as it is a record, Rage Nucléaire understanding the elements that make black metal so cathartic and ingrained/inferno’d into the psyche of those who let this type of music do its deep cutting. Though less processed and slightly more organic than the Anaal Nathrakh-leaning Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, Black Storm Of Violence is
plague and pestilence informed by conquest, war, famine and death, the LP continuing to take cues from early Emperor and Paysage D’Hiver but also charting its own abyss-filled Transylvanian hunger. Rage Nucléaire is absolutely essential listening if you’re a discerning black metal fan, and this group’s legacy continues to become more malevolent, inspired and spiteful with each of its subsequent blessings and curses. There is no better 3 AM listening than Rage Nucléaire and that is a compliment of the highest order.