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This Is Where Swedish Death Was Born - 90%

Erin_Fox, October 28th, 2006

Nihilist would end up being known more as the prototype for Swedish death metal legends Entombed, but in 1988, the young group played some of the most extreme music ever, taking cues from Venom as well as Napalm Death in forming a sound that would eventually become legendary.

Long-time favorites of tape traders in the early 1990s, these demos laid the groundwork for a sound that would influence thousands of musicians in the years to come. The production on these recordings is very raw and a bit dodgy as Threeman Recordings opted to leave the recordings in their original state as to be representative their original feel.

Featuring tracks from three separate Nihilist demos recorded between 1988 and 1989 as well as three tracks culled from the recording sessions of the “Drowned” demo and the very first, highly sought after Entombed demo “But Life Goes On”, this disc is a good indicator as to the state of underground metal in the late 80’s.

At this point, death metal was still in its formative stages, and these recordings did much to push the art form out into the open, garnering a great deal of attention amongst fans of the emerging genre. “Revel In Flesh” contains an amazingly killer guitar solo, while “Carnal Leftovers” hints at the powerful guitar tones that would soon be quite notorious in the world of metal.

Vocalist LG Petrov cut his teeth on extreme metal with these releases, throughout the course of the album you’ll him improve upon his growling, moving from a primitive bark to an all out death metal monster. These recordings are highly recommended for fans that have never had the chance to hear the originals from seventeen years back and to any other metal fan that is interested in exploring the roots of the death metal style.

While newer fans might be a bit put off by the very primitive nature of these early recordings, many will find much to enjoy here as Nihilist illustrate the beginnings of an entire musical movement.