This is a band that I have really only heard one album from, but that album is so impressive as to catapult the band into this list. There are not a lot of groups like that. Thrash metal is my favorite metal genre, and brutal thrash is a particular favorite style of mine. Well, there are very few thrash metal bands more brutal than Nocturnal Breed. Add to that the fact that this is a band from Norway, a country with a strong metal scene, but not well-known for thrash, and the fact that Nocturnal Breed formed in 1994, years after thrash metal was supposed to have died, and you get an extremely unlikely modern thrash metal masterpiece. And that is exactly what this one album is. I have not checked out their earlier work, but this album is so impressive, that even if it were a Nickelback clone, Nocturnal Breed would still be here.
FAVORITE ALBUM: FIELDS OF ROT