NASUM Returns

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If things were different, if Mieszko hadn’t died, Nasum would have celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, believe it or not. Therefore, and after long deliberation and scrutiny, we have decided that it’s now or never: Nasum will do a handful of shows and festival gigs around the world in 2012 – to celebrate our anniversary, say a final goodbye to the fans and Mieszko.

No cheesy reunion, no new albums, no epitaph for Mieszko. We will play only a few cities and festivals in a limited number of disruptive, unruly concerts.

It will be a total blast, and we aim to go out hard. Just you wait.

When lead singer Mieszko Talarczyk disappeared and died in the devastating and tragic tsunami of 2004, Nasum instantly ceased to exist. As the band’s voice, producer and one of the main songwriters, Mieszko was a vital part of Nasum’s bloodline. When he passed, all plans for tours and recordings were abruptly stopped. Nasum died when Mieszko died, and the rest of the band members went their separate ways.

But in the years that passed, the feeling that everything had been left unfinished lingered with the rest of us. Suddenly seven years had passed, and we realized it was time for closure; for us, the band and for the fans. With our anniversary coming up it felt like a perfect time to end Nasum the way it was supposed to – exploding in a ferocious, blasting frenzy, not wither away at the mercy of tragedy. And finally we are ready, able and totally fucking charged, so expect something over the top. The shows will be a varied, intense mix of the best songs from this colossus of grind.

To handle vocal duties on the upcoming shows we have asked Keijo Niinimaa, vocalist in Finnish grind faves Rotten Sound, to join us. They were always close friends of Nasum, and while Keijo’s plagued screams won’t replace Mieszko, they will add a crippling viciousness to the shows. On a few occasions, we might ask a few other close friends of Nasum to do some vocal sessions. Who? Wait and see!

Note this: if you ever wanted to see Nasum blast shit to bits, this is your last and only chance.

Anders Jakobson – drums
Jesper Liveröd – bass and low vocals
Jon Lindqvist – guitars and low vocals
Urban Skytt – guitars
Keijo Niinimaa – vocals


Review: Dysentery – “Internal Devastation” (Comatose Music)

If you’re a part of the New England metal scene, and you have never heard Dysentery before, then you have made it very clear that you are not really a part of the New England metal scene and should probably get the fuck out before you get smited. This is real death metal, not your washed up, swaying hair and girl pants wearing death core that today’s youth seems to think is considered death metal, and for Dysentery, this is easily their heaviest, strongest work yet.

When I first purchased the CD (that’s right, I said purchased, which is what all of you fuckers should do) I was definitely impressed by the clean appearance of the artwork, and thought to myself Wow, this is pretty damn cool. I then removed the packaging and saw the actual artwork, and was blown away, as with just about every album Mark Richards designs.

When you pop this into your cd player (or select it on your iPod, that is saying that you bought it from iTunes or something) they really do not give you a chance to warm up and get ready for what you’re going to be hearing. They immediately burst into some ridiculously heavy slamming, which is clearly what Dysentery is all about. Their last effort From Past Suffering Comes New Flesh (2008, Amputated Vein) was a solid, fucking heavy album in its own, but you can tell right from the start on Internal Devastation that the band has matured in every way, and this time, they mean fucking business, and that business is to slap you in the face with a fucking spiked baseball bat and watch you bleed out (and this album would be provide the perfect music for such an event). The production is very clear, but not overdone, which gives it a real classic, brutal feel that is what death metal is all about. What really caught my attention, aside from wondering how vocalist Will Caruso achieves such deliciously low gutturals, was that along with such powerful songs as “Beyond Light, Amongst the Shadows,” “From Creation to Dust,” and my favorite “Pernicious Passing,” they brought back some classic songs, like “Devourer of the Dead,” “Decimation of Fear,” and “Bound by Disease” to close the album, all still retaining their beautifully slamming, blast beat filled rage and overall power they originally had, but with that intriguing, in-your-face sound that this album has produced. Open up the book, and what you’ll find is some of the most powerful lyricism there is, not only in terms of death metal, but poetry in general, and it’s very clear that there have been some gut wrenching, emotional moments that occurred to make such a statement, and Will has no fear of holding back.

An overall solid effort and a job very well done by Dysentery, this is not your closet-case of a step-sons Bring Me The Horizon 12” record he scored on Ebay for the price of sucking off some dude behind the dumpster. This is death metal for the true, death metal for the proper fitting clothes, death metal that will one day be considered the elite of its time. I highly recommend buying this and blasting it on 11, then catching these guys at a show to see them in action. If it doesn’t make you want to slay babies, it will at least make you want to beat the shit out of everyone around you in a frenzy of delicious slammy goodness. Enjoy!

RATING: 10 / 10
By: Greg Mann
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Review: Humanity Falls – “Ordaining The Apocalypse” (The Path Less Traveled Records)

As evidenced by the healthy amount of bands sprouting up left and right, my hometown of New York City is not short on talent or love or all things metal. With a taste for all things grind, technical and blasphemous HUMAITY FALLS is out on tour behind their recently released new record. Having had a few releases and lineup changes over the last few years, they have refined their sound and sharpened their musical axe into a new fine edge. Although they haven’t tried to conquer much new ground stylistically since forming this release sees a clear leap forward in talent and skills compared with their early days.

Firing off the opening salvo of “No Room for Ingenuity” finds the band pushing the boundaries of death, grindcore and weirdness. Guitarist Ammo’s string shredding riffs and random musical twists and turns are a force to be reckoned with. Equally impressive is drummer Ed Bednarek’s crazy fast hands and double kick work. The first song alone shifts tempos and genres constantly, but not so much that they lose the song. This is all topped off with fine vocal grotesquery from Eston Brown (ex-ANIMALS KILLING PEOPLE). Second track “Prolonging the Inevitable” is another sick track. A cross between classic death metal and over the top crazy grindcore influences the song is brutal and complex. The mid-song seasick sounding riffs sound like they should come with a bloody meat cleaver jumping out of your speakers. More aggressive playing and adventurous riff choices highlight the track. “To Have Or To Be” continues the madness with insane amounts of blasting beats and more impressive, blood curdling screams and growls from Browne. The discordant, off-kilter axe work from Ammo has as much in common with death metals proggier cousins as it does the typical names in the genre like SUFFOCATIONIMMOLATION and even MALEVELET CREATION. “The False Enmity” has some brilliantly structured motifs and head-spinning changes. For a change-up the band turns in the ethereal instrumental “At The Temple of Everlasting Condemnation” (great name!) that features some deftly acoustic sounding guitars plucking away and drenched in delay effects. This gives way to the title track which is fittingly the best thing the band has ever done. If you are a fan of the most extreme styles of music, this band is definitely one on the rise you should check out.

RATING: 8 / 10
By: Keith “Keefy” Chachkes
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