Grinding Bombing Thrashing contains 23 minutes of savage grind spread out over an intense 16 tracks.
Punk and death metal influences can be heard here and there, alongside a touch of old-school thrash, and the end result is a spiky and belligerent listen. I like what Nuclear Holocaust are doing on this album; it may not be big or clever, but it sure does hit the spot.
The band’s songs are short and energetic, and have a decent amount of personality. From the largely engaging riffs to the pounding drums and the vocalist’s forceful performance, Nuclear Holocaust are on to a good thing here.
No song breaches the two-minute mark, and all of them deliver the goods quite nicely. There are some well-judged dynamics on show here amidst the high-octane delivery, and it’s obvious the band know how to write a decent grinding tune. This isn’t all blasting mayhem at all, in fact the band have clearly taken the time to produce a collection of tracks that have a vibrant energy to them that mainly comes from the guitars and singer, rather than being driven by blast beats or anything like that.
The singer’s voice is a throaty snarl. He sometimes descends into pure growls, but more often than not he treads a ground that’s half deathly growl and half thrashing shout. Whatever you call it, it’s effective, and I warmed to his style and obvious personality instantly.
I really, really enjoyed this. Simple, yet effective, Nuclear Holocaust’s latest release finds them on top form.