Nephilim's Noose
Rites of a Death Merchant


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (30 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2020 | 38 replies


Release Date: 10/11/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'll take an order of pounding your face into dust with a little Canadian bacon on the side, please.

To say I was expecting such prowess from a debut death/doom album out of the small city of hockey fanatics and natural gas (not farts, you immature f*cks) in southeastern Alberta as is shown on Rites of a Death Merchant would be a lie. A fat, steeping, bold-faced lie like to say Lanny McDonald's fiery above-lip isn't impressive. If you don't know who Lanny McDonald is, well then you are just not Canadian enough for me. Suffice to say that the man's mustache should probably be illegal for how elite it is. Anyways, in a convenient sense, the first two adjectives listed in the second sentence describe this rather devastating slab of misanthropy as well as any. If you're looking for an engrossing and truly suffocating experience full of call-backs to the giants, you've come to the right place.

Over the course of five meandering and pummelling cuts of meat, the members of Nephilim's Noose throw just about everything one could expect out of an offering of this caustic nature, bringing to mind such wretched creations from the past as Spina Bifida's Ziyadah and diSEMBOWELMENT's Transcendence Into the Peripheral. Bellicose, mid-paced death metal intertwines with trudging, subterranean doom underneath throaty, phlegmy growls and mid-pitched, caustic rasps that add the coup de grace in exemplary fashion. Semi-melodic, sinister tremolo and foreboding clean guitar evoke some references to the Finlanders of old, as does the near-perfect mastering that a certain Musta Seremonia might shake a stick or two at. Seriously, this low (and by low, I mean the core of the Earth) end is mean as f*ck, and the bass drum punches your chest like the hammer of a pissed-off demon. Just how it should be.

A sense of eeriness is yielded in the songwriting that, while the songs themselves are fairly expansive, keeps intriguing through the record's length. The one misstep may seem to be the chanting section accented by funeral bells that leads the final track of the album, However, one will subsequently find that it actually feeds so fluidly into a crescendoing snarl and more doomy massifs, that the choice can be forgiven. Just give one listen to the disturbing wretching that takes place on top of an thundering tank of a riff around halfway through the nine minute mark. That pretty much tells the story of this plundering, skull-shaking offering.

Rites of a Death Merchant shows a band matured beyond their years. In their sophomore year after becoming established, these tyrannic stalwarts have somehow crafted an LP that stands very strongly amongst the best of recent years that death/doom has to offer. A disservice is being done to oneself to be ignoring such a well-crafted exhibit. So put aside your copy of Eroded Corridors of Unbeing that you have been spinning and give this thing a shot. Another band in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains is calling from the depths.



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ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking killer record, listen to it you fucks, it's name your price on bandcamp

https://nephilhimsnoose.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-a-death-merchant-2

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parksungjoon
August 22nd 2020


22351 Comments


pos'd

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MaryBabko
August 22nd 2020


609 Comments


"You immature fucks".
This is the best review ever written.

ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean seven ratings for this and it’s hard to come to any other conclusion

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2020


12053 Comments


Nice and robust low end, eh?

You have my attention...

Review was fun as well, worth a good chuckle.

ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah the bass is distorted and grimy, and i can't stress enough the quality of the drums, pretty much textbook for this kind of music

evilford
August 23rd 2020


45789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd holy fuck this rules

JayEnder
August 23rd 2020


8508 Comments


Gotta czech

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evilford
August 23rd 2020


45789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bruh this is fuckin incredible

ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to ford y'all he is wise

slikphuk
August 23rd 2020


512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, glad to see this is getting some deserved attention. this album is brimmed with some suffocating heavy death doom and its awesome m/

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Pikazilla
August 23rd 2020


12977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Epic artwork.

ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah that was the first thing that gave this away to me

Evok
August 23rd 2020


8255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Medicine Hat is about a 3 hour drive in a straight line away from me, Ive been there many times. Its about as Alberta as Alberta gets. How death/doom like this is crawling out of that town is beyond me, but I'm glad it is.

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ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should probably say that the reason I brought up Lanny McDonald is because he played minor hockey there way back in the day

trilo
August 23rd 2020


3501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

must jam

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ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hard jams inc.

Evok
August 23rd 2020


8255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My parents won a dinner with Lanny McDonald back in the early 90s. Apparently he truly is a wonderfully down-to-earth individual.

trilo
August 24th 2020


3501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gaddamn this owns

ShadowRemains
August 24th 2020


25897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bleak was probably a word i could've used in the review because this is brimming with that vibe



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