As evidenced by several releases in the label’s back catalog, Nuclear War Now! has always had a special affinity to Eastern European metal of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The label now adds Poland´s Scarecrow to its ever-expanding roster of bands from that region and era. Along with others from that subset – such as Kat, Hellias, Root, and Tudor – Scarecrow’s effectiveness was derived from a somewhat unrefined and unmistakably genuine evil that permeated its music. However, unlike their fellow countrymen in Kat and Hellias, both of whose styles were more thrash-oriented, Scarecrow’s style was much more aligned with other bands from the first wave of black metal. With this release of “Deo Optimo Maximo,” Nuclear War Now! once again breathes new life into a cult relic from the trove of ancient Eastern European metal in the form of a collection that includes Scarecrow’s 1989 demo of the same title in its entirety, as well as three instrumental rehearsal tracks that were recorded for the second demo in 1990. Highly recommended.