Technical death metal perfection. That’s pretty much all that need be said about Nafrat’s brilliant new release “Abnegation.” From the moment that you lay eyes on the terrific album art until the final notes of album closer “The Axis of Perdition” leave you jaw agape, this album takes you on a journey through ethereal beauty and Earth-shaking brutality.
The musicianship is astounding and inventive. Even in the moments of calm in the eye of this storm, Nafrat never let you forget that this record is HEAVY in nearly every conceivable sense of the word. Stream below the full album while you’re reading through the review.
Nafrat is a Singapore-based band and “Abnegation” is their second full-length offering. Their previous releases, “Invoking the Masses” EP (2005) and “Through Imminent Visions” (2008), were nothing short of a masterful display of technical death metal musicianship. “Abnegation” ups the ante to dizzying heights. This record edges other death metal releases from 2018 due to it’s sheer inventiveness. Furthermore, I believe that it has actually accomplished the task of ranking right up there with the best overall metal album of the year.
This is where I usually list the highlights of the record. In this case, the entire record is the highlight. DO NOT miss this album if you are a fan of technical death metal and insanely great musicianship.
Sacramento’s Progressive Death Metal newcomers, Lunar, delivered a debut album “Theogony” in November via Divebomb Records. Where listening to this might have you perusing your music collection afterwards for more of the same. The album itself is a satisfying and worthwhile addition to any playlist. Submit to the awesome and let these youngsters’ killing fields slay your senses.
Fans of the tried and tested Opeth-influenced sound will find familiar themes to their liking, executed with finesse, while ripping your own speaker cabs a new hole. “Theogony” is definitely no flower show. Contained within this carefully planned victory bed is a clamor of exotic screams and rumbling drumwork, placed within carnivorous riffage. All of these factors groove within thunderous foundations that lure you deeper with every hook as the album progresses.
The journey through “Theogony” is saturated with unholy light that makes monstrous solos and cacophonous riffs appear to further seduce those dangerous enough to approach its ominous perimeter. Uncompromising and intense Lunar promise a dark and intangible odyssey through their song titles, making good on pledge with the entrancingly moribund peaks that excite the imagination while their gallant stride captures your body and entices you to windmill.
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