Nadir is a dark, frighteningly heavy album that could be the soundtrack to the apocalypse. This is a journey, which is best listened to as a whole album instead of a collection of songs. Opening track ‘Dusk’ is a fast paced behemoth that screams along relentlessly. The drumming is quite simply, outstanding and Steve Smith makes perfect use of the ride cymbal. Also, check out some ferocious double-bass work on ‘Embracing Null’. ‘Throatless Sirens’ is another king sized slab of brutal heaviness crammed into 9 minutes of pure metal bliss! Despair fuelled anger from vocalist Blake Simpson is unsettling yet impressive in that it grabs your attention and leaves you feeling shaken, but in a good way! Title track ‘Nadir’ is a stirring number, with muffled conversation that works really well, before the drums burst into gear and lift the song to an entirely new level. The album could benefit from a fatter bass sound, I would have preferred to have a bit more crunch from the four-strings to compliment the drumming more. In the words of the great Nigel Tufnel, ‘Turn it up to eleven! I am sure this would not be the case in a live setting. Willowtip records have unearthed a real gem of a band in this Australian quartet, if you have not checked them out, then do so now. You will not regret it.
August 21, 2012
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace – Nadir – Review
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