Nightmarer – Deformity Adrift (Review)

Nightmarer - Deformity AdriftNightmarer are an international death metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring current and ex-members of Alluvial, Convulsing, Gigan, The Ocean, and War from a Harlots Mouth, you know that Nightmarer have a lot of diverse experience to offer. In this instance, they collectively offer us 32 minutes of discordant death metal in the warped and disjointed shape of Deformity Adrift.

What a delightful work of dark malignant extremity this is. Deformity Adrfit smashes together dissonant and technical death metal, with elements of industrial and doom lurking in the shadows to add extra depth here and there. Nightmarer have produced an album of presence and potency.

These songs are brutal and unforgiving. They seethe with a gloomy malevolence that’s almost tangible. Their angular exteriors are unfamiliar and unintuitive. They move with atypical jerks and spasms, while simultaneously flowing like liquid anxiety into positions uncomfortable for mortal minds. They exist in a poisonous toxic atmosphere that somehow gives them strength to expand and breathe freely into their contorted shapes. Oppressive and horrifying these otherworldly hymns may be, they also manage to draw the listener in, entirely against their will and better judgement, and hold them fast with a beguiling concoction consisting of jagged heaviness and churning atmosphere.

Deformity Adrfit is immense and intense, but highly detailed. Its rhythmic structure is crushingly effective in its unorthodox organisation, and its mood-focused layering of dissonant sounds works dark wonders to immerse the listener in another plane of existence.

Deformity Adrfit is a harrowing and brutalising journey into twisted sound. Make sure that you don’t miss out on this proffered experience.

Very highly recommended.


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