“Let’s start with my conclusion: NMK‘s debut, Ravenous Spectre, is a melodeath gem!
🚽After a couple of weeks around Lima I realized my knowledge about metal over here is ZERO. Shame on me, I know. However, it seems the magical flows on these wild lands runs in mysterious ways and brought to my attention just three capital letters: NMK.
🚽A couple of listens later this unexpected discovery, let me introduce to you what Ravenous Spectre exudes in every corner of its concave body filled with empathetic sound. In the surface, NMK debut is a cocoon of pure and great melodic death metal, but once you peel out the veil, there are a couple of touches here and there that incentivizes further meditations.
🚽Led by the charismatic vocalist @nathaliemarkoch, the band is completed by a healthy coven of musical acolytes that imprint their own steps into an interesting musical tapestry. Sure, bountiful melodeath riffing is aptly disposed on their cryptic canvas, but their style is also permeated by traces of thrash and even progressive metal, enough to convince the most exclusivist melodic seeker.” (...) - @toiletovhell | @linkleonhart
🚽Read the full review on www.toiletovhell.com/NMK
Reunions, a very polarazing matter. Should a band you love return after a hiatus or should they be left alone and praised for their prior achievements? Comeback albums often spoil a band's earned respect and put a dent in their discography. At The Gates returned in 2010 and released their comeback album in 2014, nineteen years after their last effort. To be honest the record was good but a very strange flow ruined it for me. Still, it could be worse, way worse.
It's now 2018 and the masters have returned with "To Drink From The Night Itself", their sixth musical offering and I have some good news, it's pretty damn good! This is At The Gates to the core but with a few new and exciting twists.
Atmosphere. Yep, ATG are moodier and atmospheric then ever and it works wonders, I even dare saying TDFTNI has a certain macabre ring to it.
Granted I was sceptical because Anders Björler left the band last year but luckily Jonas Stålhammer filled his shoes successfully. Instead of showcasing each track I will only show the ones that have something new for us ATG fans.
After a gothic intro "Daggers Of Black Haze" jumps right in and we are met with sinster and amazing sounding trem picking while retaining an overall slower tempo. Suddenly, near the middle we get a acoustic section covered by strings before an epic solo and outro appear, all the while Lindberg's legendary vocals scrape your ears in most pleasant of ways. "In Nameless Sleep" is an amazing track from start to finish and it has some of the coolest ATG moments to date. Shortly after the middle point, a disgustingly cool exchange occurs between the acoustic and the brutal and then suddenly a very abrupt and odd solo sections appear and we are thrusted to another amazing track.
You need to hear "The Colours Of The Beast". That is all what I will say, monster track and a clear standout!
Closer "The Mirror Black" ends TDFNI very differently and I am left craving for more. More of the new but the band likes to look back more than forward. The record oozes with energy and I can feel the passion, they just need to let go and explore more. Hope they do because I sense immense potential. A very good record!