STREAMING: Rage Nucléaire “Endziel”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


Informed by early Emperor, inspired by Anaal Nathrakh and motivated by long-ignored black metallers Mysticum, Rage Nucléaire might just be Canada’s best new black metal outfit. There seem to be too few from a country dubbed, “The Great White North”, but I digress. Anyway, the history of Rage Nucléaire surprises. No, the French-Canadians weren’t part of a cult black metal sect from the early ’90s or are they a group of evil younglings who’ve just discovered Lords of Chaos on their mom’s Kindle Fire. Actually, Rage Nucléaire is (de)composed of ex-Cryptopsy throatman Dan “Lord Worm” Greening, ex-Cryptopsy guitarist Steve “Dark Rage” Thibault, and mystery man, Alvater. That’s right. Some of death metal’s most celebrated (and reviled, in a good way, naturally) musicians have come together to form an unpretty—no synth reproductions of fjord vistas or dead cities—rendition of the evilest metal.

“‘Endziel’ is about a game of human chess, played in an urban setting (Endziel meaning end-game, or checkmate),” enthuses Lord Worm. “The idea of the urban setting comes from Charles Manson’s “Helter Skelter” bizarre notion of a race war (black vs. white). It’s simply another take on violence, as per Rage Nucléaire’s credo KILL-HATE-WAR-VIOLENCE.”

And Decibel‘s (un)fortunate enough to have landed a streamiere of new track, “Endziel”, from the group’s debut full-length, Unrelenting Fucking Hatred. Now, if you’re one to cast stones before you know what you’re throwing at, well, Rage Nucléaire can’t help sway you from your myopic position on what is/isn’t black metal. If you’re of an open brain, well, Rage Nucléaire is a welcome addition between the Rotting Christ, Ragnarok, and Revenge LPs you openly covet. But, hey, all you have to do is listen.

** Rage Nucléaire’s new album, Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, is out November 6, 2012 on Season of Mist. Pre-order the platter of controversial Canadian splatter HERE.

  • Steve O

    The description holds such promise, and I really, really wanna like this given the musicians involved, but this just doesn’t cut it at all… the first riff is LITERALLY note for note identical to Windir – Journey to the End except played in a somewhat lower tuning, only instead of it being played for about 45 seconds, RN rides it out for just about 2 minutes… I’m sorry, but playing the same riff with the only changes being in the drums and addition of keyboards after a point is just seriously UNACCEPTABLE. Riding on part of a song like that for so long with barely any forward motion makes no sense at all. It finally does change later on but not in an especially significant or narrative way, just kind of meandering from one tolerable section to the another, only they’re all extended for far too long and don’t have *any* changes for variation… it’s cool to see Lord Worm (and Steve) back in action, and Worm’s vocals in this project are quite savage, but whoever’s writing these songs just does not understand how to keep a listener interested.

  • Alvater

    In the album, we said that this riff is inspired by and dedicated to Windir……And Dark Rage is not Steve Thibault……And he never play in Cryptopsy..And me ( Alvater ) was in Frozen Shadows…

  • Desekrator

    very nice, love the melodic feel of this song.

  • Nima Noghan

    The beginning and the end of the song is perfect !

  • Cody Spence Drasser

    @335e0450854f501a9205e3db1a5a66a1:disqus…Steve Thibault never in Cryptopsy?…I am currently looking at ‘Ungentle Exhumation’ and see very clearly that Steve Thibault was in fact in the band for this demo as well as ‘Blasphemy Made Flesh’…(unless somehow these were all mistakes, which I doubt)…Do you not even know your own band members lineage?…

  • Alvater

    I mean that dark rage as not played in Cryptopsy…..and Dark rage is not Steve Thibault……yes o know that Steve as played in cryptopsy.