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Nyctophobic "Insects" CD

Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 7:12am » permalink

Nyctophobic - InsectsSince the Tomsk-7 went over so well a few weeks ago, here's some more excellent contemporary grind. In my opinion, one of the finest grindcore releases of this decade. Germany's Nyctophobic has been around for well over 10 years, and their most recent full-length, "Insects", is chock full of raging grindcore in the classic sense. Think the churning backbone of mid-period Napalm Death without so much death metal, combined with the crusty hardcore/punk edge and searing vocal tradeoffs of a band like Phobia. Plenty of efficient speed, tons of massive of midpaced breaks, burly low growls, vicious high screams, and excellently focused songwriting… this one's got it all.

The band is apparently still active, so I'm stunned that they haven't released a damn thing in the last five years. I pulled this one out earlier in the week on a whim and was sure that when I went digging I'd found out that the band had either called it quits or released a couple of other records that slipped under my radar, but that's not the case. Anyone know the story there? Let me know.

Nyctophobic "Co(g)-existence"
Nyctophobic "Walls of Seclusion"
Nyctophobic "They"

Coincidentally, since I guess people are just dumb enough to have not paid attention to this disc when it came out five years ago, Relapse has the fucker on sale for $3 as we speak. If you dig the above mp3's, you'd be foolish not to take 'em up on that steal of a bargain:

@ Relapse Records


  1. Zach says:

    Hell yeah! fast, tight and well written songs.Now this is grindcore! I can't believe no one else has commented on this awesome band. And this album marked a change in sound from their previous more straight foward grindcore blandness.
    Hmmm if i recall several members went on to the band My Own Lies(check out the split with assel). I think there might have another band with nyctophobic members. can't remember.
    If any one is into this band I would definitely recommend Blockheads "human parade". Like nycto; fast and tight with damn good song writing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    great stuff!
    if I'm not wrong, antigama has some nyctophobic members…

  3. Anonymous says:

    we are still around, we just lay low for a good while due to other priorities in our lives. new shit will be recorded next month. watch out for two split 7" releases in the near future and a CD collection of all studio recordings except the two albums comin soon. we have enough material for a new album which will be eventually recorded next year

  4. Anonymous says:

    and no nobody of us is in antigama, I never heard of em. this is markus (guitars) of nyctophobic writing btw. I'm just too lazy to sign up for an account

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