With a name like that, metallers from Tampa, Nomadic, do not strike me as a band that creates what they call a horror take on the blackened death metal genre. The band from the death metal city recently released their debut EP titled Horror, and judging by the music, that is a fitting title.
The EP kicks off with “The Horror,” a short instrumental that is a fitting soundtrack for a survival horror video game. From there all hell breaks loose and we are trapped between cracking sound walls of blasphemy and chaos on “The Count.” This number along with the closing and very inspiring piece “The Further” single out as the best representatives of Horror.
In the meantime “The Undead” and “The Monster” come forward with a cannonade of crushing riffs, ambient passages and trippy solos. Most of the guitar riffs on this album are quite melodic in nature. They also don’t really differentiate themselves from one another and are played in very similar ways. We can also hear a possible influence of the classic Gothenburg bands, most notably At The Gates.
Overall, Horror is a good introductory release for the band that is yet to show their full potential on their next release. There is still space for improvement, but once they realise their weak spots and connect the dots, Nomadic may be a step closer to the leading acts of the extreme metal underground.
Grab a copy of “Horror” from Bandcamp here.