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Nominon: Monumentomb
Death Metal
Deathgasm Records
March 23rd, 2010
Release length: 39:53
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Swedish Death Metal act Nominon may have a name that both sounds a bit silly to those who pour through pages of lolcats on the interwebz, or to those who just have a good sense of humor, but this band is anything but humorous. Nominon, originally known as Eon, is a solid Death Metal act that draws a lot from the old school sound of the style, but manages to create an evil, intense bite to their music that coincides nicely with their lyrical content, mostly revolving around blasphemous and evil topics. The group originally formed back in 1993, and since has issued plenty of releases, but still is a rather unknown act in the Death Metal community. If this is your first time hearing about this act, then make Monumentomb, the band’s fourth full-length offering, a priority release.

The problem with many bands in the Death Metal style is that sometimes the music doesn’t quite live up to the brutal lyrics. That’s not the case with this Nominon release. Instead, the music here sounds as brutal as the lyrical content is. The music, as stated, does take a lot from earlier Death Metal acts, but the main draw here is the sound of it all. The lead and rhythm guitars have a nice bite to them without being heavily distorted, the bass can be heard well enough in the background and actually contributes to the music nicely, and the drumming is superb and doesn’t go off into random blast beats or seizures like some bands enjoy to do. Another plus is that, vocally, it’s crisp and clear, coming off like something you would find on an Entombed album, and comes off quite sinister with varying degrees of gutteral attacks, but mostly staying at a higher pitch style that simply takes command of the album.

All of this comes into play right from the blistering start as “Mantra Reverse” belts in with fast paced drumming that suits the catchy guitars before going into the main verse of the song, leaving the listener drooling with anticipation of the rest of the album based solely on this track. The performance here is very energetic, and the music is tight from start to finish, even when the song slows down to a haunting bridge right after the guitar solo. This little pause in the action seem a bit pointless, and may slow things down, but the music does pick up again, mostly at the slower point prior to that solo. As the album progresses, many of the songs that follow share the energy presented in this song, but there are tracks that, as you listen, simply don’t quite reach the same level.

“Undead Beast” is still a phenomenal track, clearly having a strong Vader influence to the music, but sadly just doesn’t seem to have that same amount of energy that “Mantra Reverse” and “Archfiend” have. Some could argue that it’s mostly because those songs that don’t quite share the same energy are performed slower, which is understandable. However, “Mountain of Hate”, for the most part, has a good amount of slower parts to it and shares the same energy that “Mantra Reverse” has. “Kevorkian Exit” is another song that lacks energy to it, however it’s excusable due to the fact that the song is performed in a manner that comes off heavy enough that it simply crushes the listener, setting a very dark tone that nothing else on this album has, and really standing out on the final product. “Worship” shares the same kind of crushing guitar riffs through many of the bridges, though the song’s faster pace doesn’t quite bring in the same kind of dark atmosphere as “Kevorkian Exit” does, but instead is another track that simply sounds evil, and overall becomes very addicting.

Monumentomb is a fantastic album with music that sounds like what one would expect from a Death Metal album: Evil. Though not all songs pack the same punch as others do, there isn’t a dull moment on this release to be found. If anything can be said about this release, it’s that Monumentomb is easily Nominon‘s break out release, and the one album that deserves the attention of many fans of this style out there, and should be on the top of your shopping list.

01. Mantra Reverse – 4:28
02. Archfiend – 4:31
03. Undead Beast – 4:37
04. Kevorkian Exit – 4:46
05. Omen – 3:42
06. Mountain of Hate – 4:26
07. Worm – 3:43
08. Worship – 5:26
09. Wrath of Shiva – 4:12
Overall Score: 8.5/10


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