The band give us a collection of relatively long tracks with a good sound and some twisting riffs to help propel the songs along.
Although undeniably heavy, brutality is not the main focus of Nihil’s assault. Instead they attack a bit slower, and from unexpected directions. Some of the riffs betray a slight Black Metal influence, while others are just nicely restrained, content to let the melodies do the talking.
It’s an approach that is freshly creative and frees the band up from a lot of standard genre restrictions that they might otherwise be plagued by.
Frozen Hope, the second longest song on the album, is a good example of this. It starts out quite brutal with a sound not unlike Behemoth but progresses into other heavy soundscapes, including parts that remind of Gorguts and Opeth on occasion.
Good musicianship helps the songs live up to their potential, and all of the various parts deliver as they should.
A quality release from a talented band that need support. Add them to your playlists today.