Last week I got the chance to listen to new upcoming album “Unholy Trinity” from San Diego metal band “Nukem”. If this is the first time you hear this name, you are probably living under a rock. Nukem was formed in June of 2012 and has been a driving force in the San Diego metal scene ever since. Opening for legendary metal bands and packing up venues around San Diego county. It is apparent that the band have no plans of slowing down, at least not anytime soon.
Nukem consist of very talented musicians who’s have been in the game for a while. The band was formed by
guitarist/vocalist Steve Brogden (ex-Cage) and bassist Don Lauder (Ex-Under The Stone) later joined by drumming legend Norm Leggio (Psychotic Waltz). Now, with a Full Album Release nearing, Nukem is gearing up for the next chapter in their career.
The Unholy Trinity album is a 12 track, Thrash Metal dream. Beginning with track 1 simply titled “Intro”. It’s only
really there to open the 2nd track “WarWolf”. According to vocalist Steve, this is the track that started it all. WarWolf is a mid-speed jewel, combining multiple layers of sounds and persecutions. This also my favorite track of the album. Guest musician on this track is Jimmy Durkin (@2:07). WarWolf is followed by Evelyn’s Awakening, this track is a bit more fun than trashy but still very fast and quite enjoyable. Cassie Morris (Unicorn Death) guest appearance to provide the Harmony at the end of the track along with Steve.
The 3rd track is cleverly titled “The Atomic Age”. With the chorus line quoting J. Robert Oppenheimer: “I am become death. Destroyer of worlds” you can only imagine what this song is about. This song is very catchy and if you are not careful, you will be caught singing the chorus line involuntary. Also one of my favorites and one that should be included in an EP with other thrashy titles as a collaboration. (Guest musicians for The Atomic Age: Craig Locicero @3:49 / Reece Scruggs @4:31)
The album then follows with “The Deceiver (Laura Christine @3:56), BloodSeeker and T.V. Crimes (Black Sabbath Cover)”. All good in the own rights providing more than enough mechanical waves to satisfied every metal fan. That being said, D.O.I. is next and it is a good one. Opening up with a solid riff the quickly transform into Old School Thrash Metal with head banging worthiness. D.O.I. is what I look forward when I want to listen a Thrash Metal song and I think it’s the crown jewel in the album. Unfortunately, it’s the shorter song in the album.
The album closes out with “Lethal Injection”, “Lucida Sidera”, “Nukem All” and “Suspicious Minds” which it is an Elvis cover.
Nukem have created a very worthy offering. All in all this album should be considered by metal fans everywhere. It is hard sometimes for a unsigned band to put out something that resembles a good studio album. I guess if you put in the work, it will pay off at the end and Nukem seems like they have put in that work.
I do not have the release date yet but I will update this review once it’s official.
Editor Note: All gang vocals were done by Rob Jones, Justin Hendrik, Don Lauder and Steve Brogden. Recorded at Back To Bassics studio in SD and mixed and mastered By Ulrich Wild in LA