January 25th, 2011
Release length: 48:43
Some of the Black Metal staples are there, such as the structuring of the music and the basic performance, as well as the vocals being your traditional raspy back-of-the-throat style. That’s about where this band draws the line as far as good Black Metal goes on Nihilistic Stench. While not a bad album, it’s hard to comprehend what the band was thinking when they put this effort together. At times, there’s an impressive Black Metal feel to the music where the band seems to get themselves under control and start to follow the concepts of what the style in, incorporating a little more of an edge to the music while also introducing some atmosphere. This first seems to happen during the second half of “Horns”, which feels like a completely different song all together, featuring a somewhat repetitive pattern that lives up to the styles name somewhat through some more aggressive sounding chords that bring a haunting atmosphere with them, and vocals that lend a hand to it by sounding like a howling wolf, though clearly having a much more human voice to them then that of canine. The following track “There Is No Light”, however, makes for a good track that captures all the positive aspects of the style and puts them together in a song that actually has some atmosphere, and just simply sounds good and more like a band that heard a few Darkthrone or Goatwhore songs and picked up some instruments to try to emulate the bands latter material.
Nadiwrath has a tendency to play their music fast, which is great, but what isn’t great is that the music they play often doesn’t even ring close to Black Metal, and more like a haphazard attempt to recreate the style. “Darkness Has Lost Its Meaning” sounds atrocious, coming off more glamorous and stylish then anything, lacking any sort of atmosphere, and all around feeling absolutely pointless. “Two Face Shit Fuckers” follows, which feels horribly drawn out and like it will never end, and while the guitars set up an alright feel of the style, there again is no atmosphere, and like the previous track feels upbeat and more glamorous then anything, especially with the bassist apparently forgetting he’s doing Black metal and performing a companion piece of Umpah music for Finntroll‘s Nattfod. Luckily, it seems like the band gets their act together, and their bassist realizes he in the completely wrong band, as the rest of the material after “Horns” really starts to take off.
The music on this recording seems to deter greatly from being more upbeat and cocky, and really adding some edge to the music that it desperately needed. However, a sudden cut that feels more like a jump in the music itself for no reason at the half way point of “Another Pimping Whore” is enough to make one wonder if the band was n in using Pro Tools to edit their material, as well as how much is original. Despite this clear oversight, much of the rest of Nihilistic Stench comes off strong and quite enjoyable. The faster tones on these tracks, coupled with the a stronger Black Metal foundation in the guitars makes the material sound a lot more sinister, though there is never an actual atmosphere established for the release outside of a glossier Punk influenced feel on songs like “Another Pimping Whore”, leading to songs that take on a more dirty Thrash lyrical content that have been altered to fit this style of music. “Winter Nights” also makes for a great track that perfectly demonstrates the band’s ability to mold together Punk and Black Metal. However, it also shows the band’s understanding of digital equipment and Pro Tools, as well as a tin ear due to a clear bad copy and paste job at 1:43 where you seriously hear it click and not at all line-up with the music, which greatly detracts from the song, and if you’re a fan of music being original and from the heart, and not just random chords lumped together on a laptop from twenty seconds of material, it’s also greatly disheartening that the band used this method, as well as didn’t seem to care enough to try to fix it. “Eyes Full of Vengeance” also seems to have chords that feel like they are just copy and paste protocol, mostly during the build up to the bridge where it feels the band had copied all but a few vital seconds of a guitar chord and just hit hit ctrl and v on the keyboard a few times, as the cymbal crashes and guitars just don’t line up and feel impossible to happen in real life. Some may argue it’s the way they play but if you pay close enough attention it’s obvious and has no argument or excuse for existing on this release, especially a Black Metal album!
Nihilistic Stench is a frustrating album. There’s no denying there is a good amount of talent, but every turn of this CD pretty much supports the theory mentioned above that the band heard a few songs from latter Punk-influenced Darkthrone and current Goatwhore, wanted to emulate the sound, and basically just tried to do that very same thing. After picking up on a few of the digital editing mistakes on this album, you actually pick up on a lot of this throughout the album, and it feels like there’s some kind of editing at every turn of the release. Just how much digital construction was used on this album in the first place? Aside the slap int he face of the blatently bad digital alterations, you have songs that flat out suck, songs that sound like members were recording for another band all together, songs that are drawn out, half the album lacking any edge to the music, and a sliver to no atmosphere whatsoever from a Black Metal or Punk standpoint, this album feels more like an insult then anything. While half the album’s tracks prove to be enjoyable and show talent, after finding all the editing it leads one to wonder if it’s the band or just the studio’s digital equipment making the release sound good and act like it has balls. How a band can go to a label as respectable as Moribun and say “Well…here ya go,” and call such an effort like this a well done Black Metal effort is mind boggling and dwelling on it is enough to make your mind explode. It’s sad to see such a release like this come out through Moribund Records, but it’s better then this being another Decimate the Weak Winds of Plague-style abomination.
01. Darkness Has Lostr Its Meaning – 4:49
02. Two face Shit Fuckers – 5:19
03. Horns – 6:23
04. There is No Light – 7:42
05. Another Pimping Whore – 5:38
06. Winter Nights – 3:28
07. Eyes Full of Vengeance – 5:38
08. Memories are Dead – 9:49
|Overall Score: 2/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.