In the latest version of the awesome book Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore there’s a section in the back breaking down the author’s “must hear” death and grind albums of any given year from the 80’s all the way to the 2000 teens. On the entry for 2010 was this album by Nominon, a band I’d never heard of at all, who weren’t previously mentioned in the book, but supposedly made an album worthy enough to be a “best of” death metal from 2010. Color me interested.
90’s Swedish death metal with a recording history at Sunlight Studios, features members who were in bands like Thy Primordial, Hypnosia, and Marduk. How did I not have even a fleeting knowledge of this band? I bet they’re more widely known and I just missed the boat on this band but whatever, I’m hearing it now.
And to be honest, it’s pretty decent. It’s not as Swedish as you’d imagine, which I was kind of hoping for after seeing who has come and gone from the band. It’s more thrash inspired death metal, which is no negative, as it’s a riff machine of bludgeoning heaviness. There’s some great moments to be heard here, particularly the more thrash inspired parts and some mind twisting riffs going on and if you like some straight up death metal that’s a bit faster on it’s feet, this will do you good. I wouldn’t go as far as to proclaim it a best of anything, but maybe in 2010 this old school worship wasn’t as played out and possibly in that context it’s a great album. To me, it’s not amazing, but it’s not bad. It is pretty fun and will get that head moving for sure.