Nodachi
Beyond Death Beyond Reason


4.5
superb

Review

by Zachary J. Dixon USER (78 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2017 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of Earth's timid grace.

Few records are able to bring me a true level of comfort. A feeling that in spite of life's tragedies and misgivings, everything's going to be ok. That every fretful moment spent is a long dead corpse that I must bury and move on from, and that with that the weight of my mistakes, my stupidity, my irresponsibility, will be buried with it. However, that’s just what Nodachi’s “Beyond Death, Beyond Reason” has done. The warmth that radiates from it is a like a mediator between the fantasy I yearn to live in and the reality that I must shape for myself. The graceful, timid givings of this album transport me to a land where my burdens are a ghost of what they were.

That’s the lustrous beauty that this album manages to create. Swirling, dizzying drum fills and guitar riffs are counteracted with soporific violin and a small sprinkling of nature samples. These sounds are all so intricate and crafted, it should feel like you’re listening to an immense orchestration than anything. Sometimes, you are. Off tracks like “Jin-Kalil, Prince of Psychopathy” the drums and guitar are nearly claustrophobic with their sheer intensity, and dare I say, aggression. However these moments seldom stay as they transition into tranquility. This makes the chaotic moments exponentially more interesting as their power feels much more fresh and explosive each time.

Sometimes, you’re not listening to an orchestration. At times you feel like you aren't even listening to music at all, but instead gathered around the comforting warmth of a campfire drinking a smooth Irish Whiskey to calm your languid soul. This can be heard especially of the tracks “The Village of Echigoya” or “Blood Covers the Earth, Autumn Reigns”, the former of which is ruled entirely by violin and nature samples. In these moments the album's beauty truly shines, simply because it feels so organic and down to earth. It’s nearly hypnotic in these moments, drawing you into a euphoric trance like no other.

What really caps this all of is the rather impressive level of variety and technical skill Nodachi shows they are capable of. They perfectly meld together technical and sporadic Progressive metal with a melodic and passion form of Emo music (with a light sprinkling of Electronic even showing up on the final track). The transitions are never forced or jarring, and the record is seamlessly woven together, with each track remaining distinctly it's own sound while still manage to blend in with the overarching atmosphere of the record.

The only potential downside to this record is that it’s an EP that clocks in at barely 17 minutes. Nodachi can expand immensely on their sound, and so it’s unfortunate that what they have presented does feel like only a tidbit of the true masterpiece that hopefully awaits, but alas, this a small misgiving. The band has achieved an unparalleled beauty that most bands spend years searching for, and Nodachi has managed it on their first record, and for that, I must commend them.



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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2017


1771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. will have a look at this

Asdfp277
May 1st 2017


15332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is good

kingdedethefifth
May 1st 2017


3900 Comments


Damn right my man

icantfukwitufukwitu
May 2nd 2017


93 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this reads like a ballsdeep diary entry

Prancer
May 2nd 2017


417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty cool. I love the artwork too.

MillionDead
May 2nd 2017


770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prog+emo+weebism = hotness

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2017


15747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow i didn't think you liked this that much

br4dl3yb34r
May 2nd 2017


166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an amazing debut. I'll be keeping an eye on these guys.

kingdedethefifth
May 2nd 2017


3900 Comments


"wow i didn't think you liked this that much"
Yeah man this record gave me chills. Can't wait to see a full length from them. Also thanks for showing me these dudes!

kingdedethefifth
May 2nd 2017


3900 Comments


Never occured to me how much I enjoyed the album until I started writing and I could just go off hard about it

Evokaphile
May 2nd 2017


5340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome review man

Digging: The Tragically Hip - Road Apples

Kusangii
May 2nd 2017


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is like... 15 minutes long?

MillionDead
May 2nd 2017


770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Less. Also, the drum fills on this are just stupid.

kingdedethefifth
May 2nd 2017


3900 Comments


Oh yeah the dudes beastly

Asdfp277
May 2nd 2017


15332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

14 mins, yea

Kusangii
May 2nd 2017


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really cool, wish it was longer

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2017


21851 Comments


Not a bad review, but I had no idea what type of music this was until the second to last paragraph.

Digging: Grinning Death's Head - Blood War

kingdedethefifth
May 2nd 2017


3900 Comments


That's because Nodachi is hardly genre definitive. The most accurate description would be those two genres but truthfully they are a sound of their own.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2017


21851 Comments


That's fine I guess, but you could add something. Without context, all of your descriptions are kind of meaningless.

kingdedethefifth
May 2nd 2017


3900 Comments


I wouldn't say meaningless. Still, I see your point



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