Sunday, November 11, 2012

Album Review - The Cleansing by Nominon - 9/10



The fifth full length of Swedish legends of death metal, Nominon, comes ripping even more than before, with their sui generis mix of Entombed-esque death, pinches of thrash and Scandinavian black metal.

Labels are very tricky and I’d be aware of denominating them simply as black/death or blackened death metal, because this implies they are from the same field from bands like Blasphemy, which they are not. Their death metal is really traditional, but logistically they received a legacy, the sound from Scandinavian black metal. That’s their actual brand of “black/death” metal.

The energy and enthusiasm make them a kind of primitive death metal with an excellent production, but not clean enough to be compared to modern death metal acts. Plus, their unbridled rotten sound from the vaults somewhat contrasts with their paramount musicianship: Judging by experience and by the way the drummer, Perra Karlsson, does his drum fills, it’s crystal clear that these guys are on the top of the style. They manage to confront the putrid and the quality sound at the same time.

There are curious passages on the CD, e.g. on the song "Unholy Sacrifice" where they sound like Sepultura from their long-forgotten death metal era (Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions). It’s impossible to say if it is just a coincidence or that the guys requested the production to sound alike, but if you’re old enough to get the references you’ll probably notice that.

They entertain even in the instrumental title-track with they sui generis brand of satanic assault.
"Abhorrent Parasite" is another highlight where the aforementioned influences of thrash metal appear, sounding like a mega brutal Nifelheim.

Everything is intense, from the vocal delivery of Mr. Henke Skoog, to the harsh guitar sound (perhaps we’ve just found where all the putrefaction comes from) of the duo Antichristian (aka Christian Strömblad) and Alexander Lyrbo.

More scourging sound can be found on the track "Obliteration", and more rapid headbanging charges, firing at will, never compromising the satanic death metal war! Truces are for the weak.

This is an album where all the tracks can be deemed “excellent” and where all real death metal bands aim: artistry and aggression, transcendence and disgrace, symmetry and senseless destruction; a balance that everybody seeks, few reach.

Without a shard of exaggeration or irony, Nominon is the best band in Sweden at the moment. As long as they keep true to the war they declared and are waging on, they will be the victors when the world turns into nothing but satanic debris of desolation.

Rating: 9/10
Release Date:  October 31st, 2012

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Track Listing

1. Satanical Incubation (Intro)
2. In the Name of Gomorrah
3. Mausoleum
4. Unholy Sacrifice
5. The Cleansing
6. Abhorrent Parasites
7. Hellwitch
8. Obliteration 
9. Son of Doom               
10. Infernal Rites


Line up:
Henke Skoog - Vokills.
Juha Sulasalmi - Bass.
AntiChristian - Guitar.
Perra Karlsson - Drums Of Death.
Alex Lyrbo - Lead Guitar.

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