Night Conquers Day - _Rebellion Is the Art of Survival_
(Hammerheart, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (7.5 out of 10)
If you think you have enough metal know-how to stomach a blackened thrash 'n' doom version of King Diamond, then listen up. If you can't stomach it, go put on any of the King's numerous solo outings. So what the hell has New York State-based metal ensemble Night Conquers Day been toying with here? I am not so sure, but as some of us are aware, it is sometimes hard to explain just how things work out. They just do. While the total Kind Diamond-style vocals surface throughout this record, it's the black metal snarls and stirring guitar work that keeps this project in focus. Basking in a stellar array of song structure, NCD aim to please us with _RItAoS_ even if their music has a few bleak moments. Choice cuts? Title track and "Mirror Gazing". Some black metal fans might find this a bit too much (I mean corpse paint is bad enough to digest!?) but some may find some salvation in the unique experiences that seem to have some form of a grip on NCD's work.

Contact: Night Conquers Day, 34 Peck Road, Hilton, NY 14468, USA

(article published 15/1/2000)

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