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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nocturnal Blood stream Hells Headbangers collection at, to play Hells Headbash - Part 2

Originally released earlier this year on a limited-edition cassette, Hells Headbangers sets November 13th as the international release date for Nocturnal Blood's Abnormalities Prevail on both CD and DLP formats, preceded by the band's exclusive performance at Hells Headbash - Part 2 this coming weekend, September 4-6, in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Theater. And today, heavily trafficked web-portal is doing an advance stream of the whole collection, as part of their exclusive "The Road to Hells Headbash" coverage. A compilation of Nocturnal Blood's debut demo as well as myriad EP and split releases, Abnormalities Prevail displays this one-man entity's "uncompromising evolution" across its staggering 20 tracks. Nocturnal Blood began in 2008 as a solo-project for The Ghastly Apparition, who was slaying the metal underground as a teenager with holocaustic speed-merchants Nuclear Desecration. But upon the first recordings that would become Nocturnal Blood, the restless 'n' wild Apparition soon shifted his focus solely to Nocturnal Blood and put Nuclear Desecration to rest after three years of intense, incredibly prolific activity.

Back then, "bestial metal" had yet to become a trend and subsequent forum-troll byword, and The Ghastly Apparition was far ahead of the curve with a molten, miasmic sound that pulsed upon the same foundation built by Beherit, Demoncy, and Blasphemy. Overwhelming in its singular obsession with ritualistic madness, the debut demo of True Spirit of Old... unveiled Nocturnal Blood to an underground that would soon be devoured by the bestial arts, and the interest and effect were immediate. Over the next couple years, The Ghastly Apparition churned out more of his churn, ever so subtly shifting the emphasis toward sinister atmosphere whilst never losing the chaotic death-rattle upon which Nocturnal Blood was formed. After this traditionally-underground legwork of demos, EPs, and splits, Nocturnal Blood unleashed its debut album, Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration, in 2010 via Hells Headbangers. Reaping international acclaim, Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration showed a more cavernous death metal side to Nocturnal Blood, which would then be further developed in The Ghastly Apparition's current band The Haunting Presence (who will also be playing at Hells Headbash - Part 2).

Very much "of its time" while prefiguring those times all the same, Abnormalities Prevail is an essential compendium of a black-blood-vomiting darkness 'n' doom, and a hopeful sign for further aural atrocities from Nocturnal Blood. Hear the entire black-blood vomitorium exclusively here, courtesy of, as the final installment of their months-long "The Road to Hells Headbash" coverage. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Nocturnal Blood's Abnormalities Prevail
Side A:
1. Forgotten Wisdom of Darkness
2. Sexphemous Perversions
3. Masochistic Doom
4. Pray Evil I Will Cum
5. Goat Vulva
6. Temple of Masturbation

Side B:
7. Nocturnal Black Blood
8. Blood Offering in Desolation
9. Nocturnal Doom

Side C:
10. Chime the Bells of Doom
11. Blasphemy Written in Fornication
12. Violent Crucifixion
13. Abnormalities Prevail
14. Genocide Death Prayer
15. Apocalyptic Rites
16. Order of Torment

Side D:
17. Invocation of Spirits
18. Blood Impurity
19. Darkness Erupts
20. Morbid Celebration


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