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Monday, August 19, 2013

LP Review - "Death is the Border That Evil Cannot Cross" by Nihilosaur

Polish doom and sludge metal band Nihilosaur release their 3rd long player titled "Death is the Border That Evil Cannot Cross" with 10 tracks of blisteringly bleak odes to the darkside, although there are shards of light therein that serve to lift the emotions, albeit only briefly before Nihilosaur takes things back down again to create a wonderfully harsh explosion of sludge and black metal.

With track titles such as "Swedish Concentration Camp", "Fucked Up" and "Nightmares", before you even hit play you just know you're in for an onslaught of harsh realities slamming into your face in the form of big angry riffs, screamed and desperate vocals, fast paced and urgent drumming and an over-all comment that the world is not such a nice place when you look at it objectively.

Various samples are nicely placed before some tracks and some cleverly inserted within such as Snr. George Bush speaking of a New World Order, on the track "NASDAQ" or the very disturbing intro to "Unfortunately" which left me feeling cold.

The metal mastership on display throughout the album is impressive. Nihilosaur's song craft shows that these guys know how to construct highly enjoyable sludge metal with layers of black metal and glimpses of doom and despite the sometimes extremely dark places they explore there is real passion played throughout by all band members that makes this album so good.

"Death is the Border That Evil Cannot Cross" is offered by the band as a Name Your Own Price download at their Bandcamp.

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