Demonic Verses (Blessed Are Those Who Kill Jesus)
Review by JD on November 16, 2010.
Poland is one of the Death Metal capitals of the world. They are the truest innovators in the art of extreme metal, more than even the scene in both Sweden and Finland is. Polish metal seem to have knack for making some of the best extreme metal and adding in some innovation as well.
Nomad plays some mean and incredibly nasty Satanic bolstered Death Metal that also has some Grindcore overtone that makes this band some of the nastiest of metal out on the market today. Putting all of these combinations of elements into their music, all the while keeping themselves original as possible really does make this album worth more than just a simple listen.
The whole album stands out like a proud mountain of stone, and in all of those songs there is one track that really makes the album. 'Insurrection' plows into you head with a vicious riff that is like an out of control chainsaw all of the while the hatred fuelled lyrics lead your mind into a darker world of pain. This one track stuck in my head for a few days... leaving me with respect for this band.
Speed, power and a knack for making some fucking seriously heavy music as well. Nomad is a band that has the metal world’s attention. I hope that I hear the newer album soon, if "Demonic Verses" is any indication of what this band can do - I have been missing out on a hell of a band. I need to hear more...more....MORE!!!!
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Rating: 8.0 out of 10
Review by Adam M on September 18, 2010.
This is actually a relatively straightforward death metal work. It recalls the likes of Behemoth, but never actually approaches the quality of that band. The reason is because the music lacks the intense tightness of Behemoth. While this is reasonably well performed, it doesn’t have enough of a push to elevate it a bit. Instead the somewhat evil approach staggers forward with some momentum, but not as much as one would hope for. The band is commendable for using some grimy sounding riffs at times, which adds an atmospheric aura to the work. This can be seen from the tracks 'The Branch Of Cool Frogeny' or 'The Symphony Of Demonic Sounds'.
The sound is at times interesting, but the outfit becomes less compelling as the work progresses. When they do find a neat riff the band is better, but they are unable to maintain their peak for a long period of time. This leads to music that has some drive at times, but never really becomes particularly interesting. The band perhaps needs more fire to craft innovative ideas, but that would take them to the next level. They’re just a step short of being a really great Death Metal band and will have to suffice with being a good one.
There’s a reasonable amount of passion to be found on "Demonic Verses", but not enough to create an excellent Death Metal album. There’s some quality stuff to be found here, but I hope for big improvements in the future. As it stands, "Demonic Verses" gets a mild recommendation at best.
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Rating: 6.4 out of 10