Nothingness
Supraliminal


3.9
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
January 23rd, 2023 | 50 replies


Release Date: 01/20/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: convalescent plasma

As I wrap my head around the lunging throb of Minnesota-based death heads Nothingness I’ve already realised two things:

That’s some filthy artwork
I really enjoy this type of death metal that rushes to the door like this

Cool right? Because Supraliminal is spectacular. A collection of burly riffs and a sensationally throbbing production that swells with each ebb and flow. There’s a sickening lurch to the groove that “Curse of Creation” employs past a winding introduction and yet the track’s trajectory quickly shifts—tumultuous doom feeds itself through the grind of filthy death metal riffs. “Curse of Creation” seamlessly transforms itself from fire, into smoke before returning to a foundation of stereotypical death metal and the ear candy of a frenetic, frenzied outro guitar solo. On the other hand, “Horrendous Incantation” takes a likeness to Cannibal Corpse, abating the tempo to allow hammer riffs to compliment some of the fiercest death metal growls of the year. Technically, the track is simply sound—Nothingness focusing on impact rather than flamboyant, overly technical meshing together of guitar noises. What a lovely bunch.

As we make our way through Supraliminal’s forty-four-minute runtime it’s clear that Nothingness are slick musicians hiding their slick talents under walls of primitive portrait hangings. Supraliminal is as same-y as it is vast. A transformative palette of dripping caveman drenched mannerisms and molten amalgamations of doom. Deeper cuts like “Inviolate Viscera” takes this established formula and bleeds dissonance against the groove. In being one of the record’s shorter tracks this Minnesota act stewed a few knee-jerk ideas together, unlikely experimentation juxtaposed with the progression of death metal staples. Nothingness finds the time to branch out, reevaluate and trudge into the seven minute, entirely impressive “Beacon of Loss”. A more melodic approach combines a loose Mastodon aesthetic with a distorted doom march. The track’s core sustains the death metal soundscape that came before it, but here Nothingness really takes the formula and twists it; incorporating just enough innovation to lift them to loftier heights. An impressive feat considering their climes are brought together by a combination of down-tuned riffs, deep growls and an aesthetic not normally credited for being expansive, experimental or even transcendental. Nothingness still manages to try something(ness?) adding variety, shape and interest to their rigorous death motifs.

The one-two punch that hits unironically like a hammer a la “TheAnvil” and the somewhat Morbid Angel inspired chop riff fest of “Decimation Mechanism” round off Supraliminal with a bang. The moody atmospheric build of the latter is particularly founding—not because the track itself needs such a lead in, but because it identifies that Nothingness isn’t done experimenting with their brand of experimental caveman meets cookie-cutter death metal. Supraliminal oozes death metal goodness, the year’s first quarter has been blessed with a full complement of filthy (read: pretty) artwork, matching music and enough growls to appeal to baser Cannibal Corpse fans everywhere.




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3.7
great


Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

That art looks like something Dewi would review [1]

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


28867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Hahah I'm not that acquainted with the gory type of DM, I'm more of the catacomb kind but this is really good, heard it last night.



Very happy to read your thoughts about it, which I'm gonna do right f now.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Let me know how your score settles my man.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


28867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I had a very good impression on first listen even if they are not reinventing the wheel, but the album is loaded with goodness, will probably bump it with a few listens.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

That was a quick turn around. I'm impressed my dear.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


28867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I'm charged at this time of the year, by summer demotivation will kick in lol

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

But it’s summer now lol

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2023


28867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Oh right lol

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 24th 2023


23135 Comments


sounds pretty good so far. diggin the production.

Kusangii
January 24th 2023


4762 Comments


It's no Metallica that's for sure

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Would be kind of whack if that snare went all St. Anger on us.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 24th 2023


23135 Comments


nah ping snare rules.

vox on this are also great.

CaptainDooRight
January 24th 2023


78 Comments


this is way sik

DDDeftoneDDD
January 24th 2023


21185 Comments


Chekinin

CaptainDooRight
January 24th 2023


78 Comments


yo Trip D check track 7 Beacon of Loss, like omg, but yeah the rest rips too

Azog
January 24th 2023


948 Comments


This is cookie-cutter death metal alright. Just love that artwork.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2023


17517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

You guys are all afraid to rate haha.

Azog
January 24th 2023


948 Comments


Cookie-cutter it may be, but it's crunchy.

So in theory, I'd rate this 3/5.

Wizard
January 25th 2023


20402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is fucking amazing! This and new Obituary are the kings shit of dm right now.



Cookie-cutter it may be, but it's crunchy.



What the fuck? Cookie cutter?

pizzamachine
January 25th 2023


18375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dang this slaps



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