Nihility are a force to be reckoned with. Since the release of their EP ‘Consumed’ they’ve been up and down the country showcasing their love of death metal infused hardcore (please don’t call it deathcore) to the masses. A couple of years later, Nihility return with their debut album ‘Imprisoned Eternal’ after a year off, bar the occasional warning of this album’s impending release.
As soon as you hit the play button on first track ‘Breath of War’, Bolt Thrower-worship style riffs immediately confront you, showcasing a newer, more mature sound from Nihility. Turning their old song-writing style on its head and going for a more old-school riff-heavy death metal sound, which is done to near perfection, but also with a foot firmly planted in the newer sounding death metal bands, showcasing an almost progressive nature throughout the song craft.
Each rack throughout the album has handfuls of riffs so heavy; you can’t help but head-bang your life away. Not fully shunning or turning their backs on their earlier hardcore influences, this album is full to the brim with some of the best breakdowns & slams this side of Dying Fetus, guaranteeing some note-worthy pit violence.
The production on the record really brings the performance of each to life, with a master class trio of Tom Dring (Venom Prison, Corrupt Moral Altar, Dragged into Sunlight) recording, Mixing courtesy of Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) & Brad Boatright (Converge, Integrity, Nails) helming the mastering, adding their own brand of heaviness to create a brutal-sounding end product.
‘Imprisoned Eternal’ is a fantastic record, that really showcases the calibre of both what great things the UK Death metal and Hardcore scenes are capable of, and also what great heights Nihility themselves can achieve, as this band are destined for great things.