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Nominon: The Cleansing
Death Metal
Deathgasm Records
October 31s5, 2012
Release length: 38:12
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Sweden’s Nominon have been pretty busy since their last full-length release, Monumentomb. They released an EP titled Manifestation of Black, and three splits with Exorcism, Kommandant, and lastly with Graveyard. But, for 2012, they find themselves issuing a brand new album, The Cleansing, which marks the fifth of their career, and the first one to include guitarist Alexander Lyrbo. With how punishing their previous effort was, is it safe to assume that this effort will be anything less than soul crushing, or will it be everything but?

The Cleansing features a bit of a rougher audio quality, taking a raw stance, though clearly somewhat modern and crisp. The music is a little lighter than normal, having a distortion that is a little too crisp, but still sounds fantastic against the crushing bass guitar, as well as the thick thuds of the bass kick. The rest of the kit sounds great too, having cymbols that tear through the mix, which does drown out some areas, such as parts of the tight, booming cymbals that sound a bit off in the distance. The vocals are a crisp guttural approach that stands out the most, housing as much energy as the music does.

While not as deep overall as one would hope, there’s still plenty of great songs here. For example, there’s “The Cleansing,” which is a two minute and twenty seconds long instrumental full of intense music that often sounds a bit muffled at lower volumes. When you crank it up, you can pick up on some of the catchier Death Metal riffs being performed, and the machinegun pace of the bass kicks that don’t really begin to go into blastbeat territory. The guitars also seem to have a deeper distortion at work. The sound of an explosion chimes the end, which kicks off “Abhorrent Parasites.” This is similar in speed, but the semi-crushing bass and guitar riffs really hammer at the listener with an infectious, commanding intensity backed by the energetic vocal performance that will make you loathe humanity as much as the lyrics seem to represent.

“Hellwitch” is another aggressive track that finds some chugging, deeper riffs in the main verses backed by a strong drumming presence. However, the bridges and chorus find some more melodic areas as the bass kicks pound away with a truly infectious rhythm. There’s also “Mausoleum,” which is a little more of a traditional Death Metal song with some cliches at work here and there, as well as some restrained energy from everyone. The pace is largely a faster one from start to finish, which does grow a little boring after a while. As you approach the end, out of nowhere comes this slower, catchier bridge that is greatly out of place, similar to the symphonic element at the end of “Satanical Incubation.” Of course, that introduction track sounds good, but doesn’t really offer much of a creepy vibe the band was clearly going for. It’s not too memorable, and the introduction on “Unholy Sacrifice” of a woman being malled by a demonic creature, and even the start of “Hellwitch” with the layered whispering vocals would have done a far better job.

With the exception of a few songs that simply are not that great, The Cleansing is a pretty strong new release. While it isn’t too deep, having an audio quality that really isn’t that great and comes off muffled in lower volumes, Nominon bring plenty of catchy tracks that are still worth your time. Given the roughly thirty eight minute length of the album, chances are good you’ll find something catchy to headbang along to, though much of it does end up sounding like the same approach to every song, which also offers very little variety. This is fine given how strong these tracks end up being when cranked to a higher volume, but won’t really have you coming back too much in the near future. The Cleansing is full of potential, and while most of it is recognized, some just isn’t as effective, or even that thrilling given the audio Nominon has going for them.

01. Satanical Incubation (Intro) – 0:53
02. In the Name of Gomorrah – 3:27
03. Mausoleum – 4:50
04. Unholy Sacrifice – 4:36
05. The Cleansing – 2:21
06. Abhorrent Parasites – 3:54
07. Hellwitch – 4:15
08. Obliteration – 4:03
09. Son of Doom – 4:53
10. Infernal Rites – 5:00
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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