Album: The First Attacks - Demos 2000-2001
As the title suggests, this is a reissue of Nachtmystium's demos on CD. Included are the "Holocaust of Eternity" demo, and the split demo with Zalnik, along with three unreleased tracks.
The sound here is remarkably good, especially for demos. The guitar is cutting, and the bass, drums, and vocals are perfectly audible. There's very little tape hiss. The remastering for these demos is excellent, as they sound better here than on the original cassettes.
Three of the songs here ended up being re-recorded for "Reign of the Malicious", but other than that, these tracks will be new to the listener who hasn't already heard the demos. Some of these are quite excellent - I especially like the epic, depressive "Hymn of Hatred Part One and Two". "Infernal Fury" is a ripping number that's also worthy of notice. There's a cover of Darkthrone's "Hans Siste Vinter", very straightforward and true to the original. The three unreleased songs are great, too, particularly "Mockery of the Fallen Savior", a song that's a good deal more twisted than is usual for Nachtmystium.
All in all, this release is very good, but it's really meant for Nachtmystium maniacs. If you haven't got "Reign of the Malicious" or the self-titled mCD yet, I'd suggest getting both of those before thinking about this one. If you enjoyed those titles, and are looking for some more, "The First Attacks" is recommended... and if you've already got the demos as well, the improved CD sound and bonus tracks make this reissue worth looking into.
Standout Tracks: "Hymn of Hatred Part One and Two", "Infernal Fury", "Mockery of the Fallen Saviour"