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Nominon hit their stride, after much delay - 80%

dalecooper, March 1st, 2007

For reasons not worth going into, this band which has existed for 14 years, has only managed to put out two full-length albums - with a 6 year gap between them. Was it worth the wait?

Well, that depends. Do you like traditional Swedish death metal? I mean bands like Dismember, Grave, Carnage, and (early) Entombed? Would you like to hear some modern bands continue on this grand tradition, but feel that the more well-known examples of the style (e.g. Bloodbath) are too slick, too cheesy, and just don't get it right?

If that's how you think, I agree with you, and that's why I'm glad this almost unknown act is soldiering on, and finally got their shit enough together to release "Recremation." Their previous album was a somewhat blackened death metal affair, and a solid album in its own right, but with this release Nominon finally hit their stride. The sound is prime old school Swedeath, with just enough of a concession made to modern production standards. Musically all the staple elements are here: pounding double bass, mid tempos (and no blasting), and that glorious faux-Sunlight buzz that makes the guitars sound like bass with distortion and reverb. Nominon's new vocalist (a different guy sang the raspier vocals on "Diabolical Bloodshed") is a classic Swedish death guy, sounding basically like a hybrid between Entombed's LG Petrov and Grave's Jörgen Sandström. He's not as powerful as either, but he definitely gets the job done.

Highlights here include "Buried By Me," which has some kickass doomy passages that could have been lifted from "Left Hand Path" and a heavy-as-shit galloping section right out of Grave's "You'll Never See." Another strong track is the brutal, bludgeoning two minutes of "Sickening" - true throwback Swedish death/thrash. The opening two songs are two of the album's best as well. And special mention to "The End Written In Blood," a very epic song with absolutely sick processed vocals in the middle. End written in blood? Sounds like the guy is singing with a mouthful of blood to me.

Nominon has churned out a rarity here - a true homage to the founders of Swedish death, without sounding like a pastiche (Bloodbath) or too well-produced (Bloodbath) or just not that fuckin good (Bloodbath). Go to their site and order this shit, and if you have the money, get their previous album too. They've got a new one coming out this year, and I can't wait for it.