Nothingness – Supraliminal (Review)

Nothingness - SupraliminalThis is the second album from US death metallers Nothingness.

Featuring the drummer of Ghost Bath, Supraliminal contains 43 minutes of foul, riff-hungry death metal. The promo blurb states that this is for fans of Gorguts, Gojira, Morbid Angel, and Iniquity, and this should give you a good starting point for the band’s tar-thick heaviness. I’m a little late discovering this, but I’m sure glad that I did.

Supraliminal is stylistically diverse in the sense that elements of the dissonant and atmospheric strains of underground death metal have been smashed together with rotting death metal and shards of fractured melody, oppressive doom, and savage grindcore. The end result is a death metal album that pushes itself to be more than many of its peers. In this it succeeds wonderfully.

This is a brutal album with a million riffs and a depth that’s unexpected. Menacing mood and macabre atmosphere bleed into the spaces between warped blast beats and crushing extrasolar riffs, making for songs that are well-rounded slabs of brutality and heaviness.

Each song has its own character and personality, and the album flows like a mutated jagged lump of malformed flesh, slithering across a bloodstained floor. That’s a good thing, right? In this case it is, as Supraliminal is a journey of barbaric sights and gruesome intent.

A strong and satisfying album from an enjoyable band, Supraliminal is a strike force of death metal punishment. If you’re a fan of the old-school and like your death metal with a smattering of good ideas and creative interest, then you definitely need to check out what Nothingness are doing.

Very highly recommended.


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