IN PRAISE OF DEATH EP
Release: June 29, 2018
Nonexist was formed in 2000 by Johan Reinholdz. Johan Liiva (ex-Arch Enemy) joined on vocals and Matte Modin (ex-Dark Funeral, Raised Fist) on drums and the debut album "Deus Deceptor" was released in 2002. A hiatus followed but Nonexist was resurrected 2012 with the release of the album "From My Cold Dead Hands". It was followed by Throne of Scars (2015) and The New Flesh EP (2016), the latter presenting Reinholdz as the new frontman (guitar/vocals).
‘’In Praise of Death”! - in praise of death metal that is. This EP is an homage, a tribute to this genre that has meant so much to me, going back my childhood. The 80's/early 90's old-school bands and the melodic death metal bands of the early/mid 90's bands in particular has inspired the music on this album. Therefore I want to thank these bands: Morbid Angel, Massacre, Merciless, Nihilist / Entombed, Carnage, Dismember, Death, Malevolent Creation, At the Gates, Carcass, Terrorizer, Dissection, Grave, Dark Tranquillity, Sepultura, Eucharist, Edge of Sanity, Pestilence, Deicide, Bolt Thrower and Vader. Also thanks to these guys for excellent guest-performances: Mikael Stanne, Chris Amott, Markus Johnsson, Kalle Nimhagen and Alexander Wittbom". - Reinholdz, Spring 2018.
1. Cancerous Disembodiment (guest vocals - Kalle Nimhagen)
2. A Meditation Upon Death (guest vocals – Mikael Stanne, second guitar solo – Christopher Amott)
3. Dead Black Embrace (guest vocals – Markus Johnsson)
4. Bloody Carnal Sorcery (guest vocals – Kalle Nimhagen)
5. Reduced to Ash (guest vocals – Alexander Wittbom)
I enjoyed listening to this EP a lot, we all know Scandinavian metal is my thing. But, I do have some complaints, I had difficulty with hearing the difference between Johan and the guest vocalists, which do not make the song any less, I just wish I had heard it. Could be my ears though. Some solo’s or guitar riffs seem a bit unnecessary, like they had to fill in the time or something. I really appreciate the fact that they are influenced by 90’s death metal, but it’s a bit less melodic than I hoped for after reading their biography. All in all, ‘’In Praise Of Death EP’’ by Nonexist gets a 3 out of 5 from me.