Nihil Eyes – Black Path (Review)

Nihil EyesNihil Eyes are a UK death metal band and this is their debut album.

Here we have 35 minutes of death metal that’s influenced by the UK old-school; mainly death metal, but with some doom and grindcore elements too.

Take a base of Bolt Thrower, with their groove and leads, add in some of Carcass’ sharp riffs, and finally throw in a touch of doom metal, (think Paradise Lost), and Napalm Death, and you’ll have a good idea of where Black Path is starting from.

The production values of the album are high, and everything sounds strong and clear, allowing the songs the room they need to do their work.

The band know how to construct and compose good death metal, that much is obvious. There’s also a decent amount of variety spread out across the album. Within the framework they have set for themselves, Nihil Eyes explore various metallic waters, including such things as savage blast beats, groove-based heaviness, choppy riffing, slow crushing distortion, brightly melodic leads, and atmospheric doom metal workouts.

The songs are well-written and have clearly been thought about. There are some good ideas on this album that have been followed through well, and overall this is a strong collection of tracks that any death metal fan should hopefully be able to appreciate.

A recommended listen.

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