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Nominon: Manifestation of Black
Death Metal
Deathgasm Records
December 11th, 2011
Release length: 8:37
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Riding hot off the coattails of their underground hit Monumentomb, Nominon return with a few more releases for 2011. While the last full-length was in 2010, the group fired back at their hungry fan base with a split release, and a follow-up EP titled Manifestation of Black to wrap up the year. This two song vinyl shows the band sticking with Deathgasm Records once again, and clocks in at just under nine minutes. But is nine minutes of Death Metal, even with the success the band’s previous releases had, worth it in this economy?

The audio here is of course on the raw side of things. The vocals come through crisp and clear with a menacing shouting style against music that feels only the slightest bit in the background compared to it. The guitars have a very blunt sound with a bit of a higher distortion, and a bass guitar that is pretty strong in the mix to back them up, and add a bit of a heavier edge to things where the aforementioned effect simply exist. The drums feel very blunt here as well, having snares that feel a bit hollow but still a somewhat deeper tone, the cymbals fill things up well without being too loud, and the bass kicks have a nice little click to them that is evident despite how rich or enthusiastic the music gets.

If you have heard anything Nominon lately, you pretty much know what to expect here, which is more of the same. The raw sound gives the music a more aggressive edge, and an overall burdening sound and atmosphere. Both tracks incorporate a nice amount of groove to the mix that becomes rather catchy amid the hard-hitting dismal Death Metal being performed. “Manifestation of Black” just feels like a solid old-school Death Metal ride that blends in plenty of blasting sections that are transitioned into nicely, weaving music that feels more like it’s geared towards ripping your face off, while the rest simply kicking you square in the teeth. The track does build up nicely from the very start, and after a rather short but not really disappointing first guitar solo, the intensity does grow slowly, closing with a better solo and echos that fade out with the music naturally.

This leads to another mid-tempo song titled “Burnt Human Offering,” immediately offering up some nostalgia with the effect utilized on the voice that you might expect to hear on an early nineties album. This one finds plenty of focus on slower passages that aren’t quite as intense, but do offer up some crushing tones to the track that seem to push a more ritualistic kind of vibe. Outside that, there’s also the solid groove being thrown into the spotlight, and a surprisingly bass-dominant passage around the half-way point where the music feels restrained, but overall far more infectious as it builds tension. Yes, the blast beat sections do exist, but compared to “Manifestation of Black” they are used sparingly. The only complaint here is how restrained this track ends up feeling, as if Nominon were trying to build up to a similar bigger conclusion like with “Manifestation of Black,” but it simply didn’t pan out. But, even with that said, this is still a solid Death Metal offering.

In fact, both songs are. While these may not be the most unique Death Metal offerings, or even the most engaging, there’s no denying that the band still did a good job here. The music may be a little more on the textbook side of things, but its far from bland, boring or filler. Manifestion of Black by Nominon plays it a little on the safe side, but the tracks here are still infectious, and easy to come back to at any time for a quick spin. If you’re a fan of Death Metal, or even just the band in general and have a few bucks lying around to throw down on this release, it would be a nice investment, as well as a nice piece to throw on for the next rainy day.

01. Manifestation of Black – 4:14
02. Burnt Human Offering – 4:23
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Deathgasm Records via Clawhammer PR.