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Nuclear Revenge - Let the Tyrants Rise - 92%

Edmund Sackbauer, October 8th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2018, CD, Evil Spell Records

Spain has a few great thrash metal outfits so it did not come as a real surprise to me when I found out about this young and talented band. After having released a few demos and splits it is time for their full length debut and “Let the Tyrants Rise” should be a great gem for any fan of raw and pure thrash metal played with so much energy and freshness that a lot bands of the old brigade should take notice.

While there are a few hints of related genres like black or heavy metal Nuclear Revenge mainly stay within the boundaries of traditional European thrash metal. Hefty and relentless riffs are building the core of this record. While there is not much new or innovative to be found on “Let the Tyrants Rise” the guitar playing cleverly combines chords from the glory 80s/90s and a more modern variation of this particular style. This works great as the band’s sound should please each fan of the classics but also has a certain freshness that other bands who are only trying to copy the hold heroes don’t offer. Some of the trademark themes are used more than once with some slight adoptions like going up or down a keynote.

The speed and the intensity are kept very high over the whole playing time with only a few passages where the tempo is slowed down and the listener gets a chance to breathe. However, the melodic harmonies and the fantastic hooks make the record a very enjoyable affair. The song structures are pretty stringent and while technical prowess plays an important role in certain sections the album has a great flow and it is pretty easy to get into the music. Some of the chorus parts are absolutely memorable and will stick with the listener from the first spin onwards.

Drummer Speedhammer keeps firing on all cylinders and his delivery is insane. While there are tons of blast-beat sections the music always keeps a certain groove as well. He knows when to step back a little bit and let the often catchy melodies and the epic moments take center stage. It sounds as if the members have been playing together for a pretty long time as they are acting as a unit and not just like some solo artists practicing at the same time.

Singer Cryptic Molestor has a perfectly fitting voice. His snarling and barking tone reminds of well-known names like Mille Petrozza or Jeff Walker but he is able to leave his own mark as well. His delivery helps ramping up the intensity up a notch and highlights the aggressive and brutal vibe of the record.

“Let the Tyrants Rise” is presented with a nearly flawless production. The mix is clear without sacrificing a bit of the needed rawness and the overall sound is very powerful. The drums have an immense punch and even the bass is clearly audible. Nuclear Revenge have delivered a highly professional product that is easily on par with the works of better known bands. Rounded off by a fantastic old school artwork this album is one that should be owned in physical format.