REVIEW: Nihil Mortum - Masterpiece of Unknown Art
Well, it’s not a masterpiece and the art under scrutiny ain’t so far off the beaten path as to be determinably unknown, but what we do have from this Finnish bunch is an estimable mash-up of extreme subgenres as viewed through a black metal prism. Five tracks worth of blackened screams rubbing up against music that crosses realms between doom and traditional metal and back again. For the most part, it works admirably, but the clumsy, superfluous thrash intro to opener “Architectural Blasphemy” just reeks of lameness, especially when it directly precedes a fine tandem of acoustic strumming and atmospheric fluting. When this band turns on the sobbing melodic guitars, I can almost picture them playing with the big boys someday, but then they fritter it away with a pointless blasting section or some other component of symptomatic disjointedness. It’s not as though this thing is top-heavy with eclecticism, only that this young collective still has a way to go with regard to making better synthesis of the handful of styles it sees fit to use. A little time, a bit more confidence and far more proactive song editing could work wonders for these fellows.