Saturday, 7 July 2012

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace - Nadir - Review

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace

Nadir is a dark, frighteningly heavy album that could be the soundtrack to the apocalypse.  This is a journey, which is best listened to as a whole album instead of a collection of songs.

Opening track 'Dusk' is a fast paced behemoth that screams along relentlessly.  The drumming is quite simply, outstanding and Steve Smith makes perfect use of the ride cymbal.  Also, check out some ferocious double-bass work on ‘Embracing Null’.

'Throatless Sirens' is another king sized slab of brutal heaviness crammed into 9 minutes of pure metal bliss!  Despair fuelled anger from vocalist Blake Simpson is unsettling yet impressive in that it grabs your attention and leaves you feeling shaken, but in a good way!



Title track 'Nadir’ is a stirring number, with muffled conversation that works really well, before the drums burst into gear and lift the song to an entirely new level.

The album could benefit from a fatter bass sound, I would have preferred to have a bit more crunch from the four-strings to compliment the drumming more.  In the words of the great Nigel Tufnel, ‘Turn it up to eleven guys’!  I am sure this would not be the case in a live setting. 

Willowtip records have unearthed a real gem of a band in this Australian quartet, if you have not checked them out, then do so now.  You will not regret it. 

2 comments:

  1. Just one correction....Dan Grainger is just the live drummer, and did not perform on the album....According to the booklet Steve Smith performed all drums on the album. Apart from that, a great CD, a really bold departure from their old death grind stuff.

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  2. Hi,

    Thanks for updating me on this.

    G

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