Nothing Left For Tomorrow ~ Nightbreed (Self)
Release date: Recently
Nothing Left For Tomorrow rightly belong in our Loud and Local section, but since I’m here to review their new Nightbreed release, well fuck the rules. These guys do, so can I.
Based out of London, Ontario in Canada, NLFT is among a new era of bands mixing traditional metal with multiple extreme metal elements; thrash, groove, and death. They are female fronted, and vocalist Yasmina falls into the Maria Brink (In This Moment), Alexis Brown (Straight Line Stitch) mold of vocalists who both growl and sing clean, adding her own beauty and beast element to the project. However, the band’s sound is darker than the two aforementioned bands.
Rounding out the band with Yasmina are guitarists Nick Fetchison and Justin Holmes, along with skin-pounder Sean Westerman. As for their bassist, well I can’t find his name anywhere, so your guess is as good as mine. The band’s technical prowess is well displayed throughout Nightbreed’s eight tracks.
The songs arc from speedy and powerful to mid-tempo chuggers. Musically the album is in your face, at times ball-crushing and at other times just brutal. Take your pick right cross to the jaw or a crotchshot to the junk. Either way Nightbreed is going to demand your attention.
The album chugs out slowly on the opener “Nothing In Return” but quickly jumps to a rapid fire pedal work and a great riff. Yasmin’s harsh and clean vocals are laid over one another on this song, which is unique by itself. Her clean voice is not what we’ve come to expect from female metal vocalists. Which is both intriguing and arguably an area for improvement.
“Futile Existence” kicks off with a Judas Priest-like riff before her growls come in and crush that vibe, but the riff maintains, and her clean vocals fit in nicely with the more traditional riff. This song, sans growling, recalls something of the NWOBHM sound. So here again we see the band mixing up several metal elements for a newer sound.
The album’s third track, “Morbid Curiosity”, has more of a classic thrash feel to it, and showcases the band’s technical skills.
While “Broken” rolls in with a groovy melodic riff, it quickly changes pace again to an old school thrash vibe.
All the tracks on Nightbreed offer an interesting blend of metal elements and give Nothing Left For Tomorrow their own stylistic vision and sound.
This is an excellent starting point for the band and shows strong potential for what may be to come. Arguably, to my ear, the band’s strength in vocalist Yasmina may also be its greatest area of opportunity. She brings a lot to the table, but throughout Nightbreed there are highs and lows. The lows come primarily in her clean vocals where at times she can be pitchy, even off key. I believe with continued work in this area both she and the band can take it to the next level, and I’m quite impressed with this first effort.
You should definitely check these guys out and get a feel for their sound. Sooner or later a wise record label will catch on and help them achieve the promise shown on this record.