A filthy and raw blast of garage death metal--if there is such a thing--THE FIRST ATTACKS captures the first demos and recordings of Chicago extreme metallers Nachtmystium. Years before they began embracing black-hole psychedelia on classics like ASSASSINS: BLACK MEDDLE, PT. 1, the quartet was committing aural assaults like "Holocaust of Eternity" and "Infernal Fury" to four-track tape. THE FIRST ATTACKS collects these early demos, gems from the unreleased Unholy Terrorist Cult sessions, and early split single tracks in one place with remastered sound. The highlights are many (and brutal)--particularly the closer "Goatblood Sabbath," a previously unreleased track recorded before their debut album.
AllMusic Review by Patrick Sullivan