Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers

Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers LP+7"

It still amazes me to this day how utterly perfect Nihilist were. For me DM doesn't get much better than this: pure barbarity, nicely played with a natural drum tone, heavy riffs and simple catchy melodies, and that dense chainsaw Production of Tomas Skogsberg.... Sure bands went on to copy this by the thousands ever after, but just imagine how groundbreaking that guitar tone was, going from the raw Death/Thrash on Premature Autopsy that was pretty typical sounding for its time, to only months later that impenetrable thick guitar buzzing on Only Shreds Remain. Its like night and day! Not only was it infinitely heavier but the sound is ultra clear yet never loosing any of the savageness or weightiness of Death Metal. The new production technique enhanced their music tenfold! And its just a fricken Demo...a demo that still sounds better than 99% of all DM that was ever produced! 1988/89 is such a wonderful year in Death Metal where a lot bands and producers finally found ways of recording this music properly making it thicker and more cohesive without loosing any of the intensity. Sure there were building blocks out there in the evolution of heavy Death Metal music, Slaughter, Master, Celtic Frost, etc... but for me it lead to perfection in those years of 89/90, and Nihilist were undoubtedly a key band to that evolution. They have the honor of being one of those bands in musical history that not only did they perfect their given genre but also changed the game forcing their peers to take notice. Total worship and respect for Nihilist...


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