Death Unchained

After Swedish Death Metal, my favorite kind of death metal is that burly, chunky blackened death metal,. Big beefy riffs, commanding deep vocals, and a pretty strong militant vibe. It’s a sound Behemoth perfected in the mid 00s, (with Zos Kia Cultus being the arguable apex of the style) and recently bands like Poland’s Hate, France’s  Svart Crown, Italy’s ADE, America’s own Blood of the Wolf , Bethledeign and Hate Eternal, and the UKs Sathamel.

Enter Norway’s Nexorum, and their debut album, Death Unchained, a damned fine entry into the blackened death metal genre, plying the style with confidence and some solid song writing to make it a pretty much perfect example of the style.

Death Unchained isn’t doing anything particularly new or special, but with members of Keep of Kalessin, Khonsu Chton and  Vercodious, (but somehow the band still isn’t listed at Metal Archives), you get a veteran lineup staying in their lane and delivering some killer blistering riffs, backed by a thick, robust production and commanding, authoritative vocals.

Head straight for standout tracks like “Great Horned King”, with its killer riff at about 2:55 in,  hammering “Antediluvian Purification” and blistering “The Luciferian Descent”. And as a genre staple you some of those slower, blood pumping, war mongering, marching riffs heard on the likes of “Retribution”,  “Cataclysmic Rebirth”, “Diaboli Stragis”, closer “Murderer” and the excellent, pummeling title track which does both with outstanding results.

Death Unchained was a pleasant surprise after blindly checking it out amid the 100s of promos we get a month, and they certainly will get my money for this fine release, and  definitely I look forward to the next effort.

[Visit the band's website]
Written by Erik T
March 24th, 2020


Leave a Reply

Privacy notice: When you submit a comment, your creditentials, message and IP address will be logged. A cookie will also be created on your browser with your chosen name and email, so that you do not need to type them again to post a new comment. All post and details will also go through an automatic spam check via Akismet's servers and need to be manually approved (so don't wonder about the delay). We purge our logs from your meta-data at frequent intervals.

  • Trocar - Extremities
  • Vesperian Sorrow - Awaken the Greylight
  • From Dying Suns - Calamity
  • Volcandra - The Way of the Ancients
  • Kosuke Hashida - Justifiable Homicide
  • The Dread Crew of Oddwood - Rust & Glory
  • Six Feet Under - Killing For Revenge
  • Skulldozer - Non Stop Ruthless Crushing
  • Synestia/Disembodied Tyrant  - The Poetic Edda EP
  • Necropanther - Oblivion Jones: A Tale of False Consciousness EP
  • Sarcasm - Mourninghoul
  • Satanic North - Satanic North
  • Stygian Crown - Funeral for a King
  • Desolus - System Shock
  • Korpiklaani - Rankarumpu