Nexhymn
Black Horizon EP

Hail Satan! That’s certainly what the folks of Nexhymn have been doing in the mountains of Colorado. Black Horizon is the self-released EP, and it’s essentially a relentless assault of brutal, hateful death metal. Think Suffocation meets Origin…but with a killer female vocalist. Angela Gossow would shatter under the sheer intensity of Holly Wedel’s voice (which is actually really pleasant when she’s not kicking asses with it).

Out of the proverbial gates, replete with air raid sirens and bullets flying, rips opener “Decaying Monument.” This track quickly sets the pace for the remainder of the album. Fast riffs, machine gun drumming and the aforementioned intense vocals of Wedel sear like the blazes charring Colorado. On to “Undetermined Supplication,” another fast-as-fuck scorcher featuring plenty of time changes and a slow groove section.  It’s shit like this that makes Nexhymn better than that boring, dragging death metal that saturates the internet these days.

Title track “Black Horizon” is a good focal point; it’s got dissonant, evil guitars, double bass-blasting galore and an excellent mix-up between the fast and nasty and the slow and twisted.  It’s a good representation of what Black Horizon is: a journey through the scale of brutality through melody, consistently vile yet varied.  Like the quick death but can’t stand being bored to death by monotony?  Listen to Nexhymn.  Like groovy melodic sections in your DM but need those ferocious heat blasts?  Listen to Nexhymn.  Like Epica and Within Temptation?  Fuck off.

 

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Written by Jodi Van Walleghem
July 17th, 2012

Comments

  1. Commented by: gabaghoul

    this is impressive, especially ’cause I never would have known this was a lady if you hadn’t mentioned it (or if I hadn’t read the interview)


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