Nithing
Agonal Hymns


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (55 Reviews)
September 15th, 2023 | 37 replies


Release Date: 06/13/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: frothing body horror

Nithing is a one man brutal death metal project from the drummer of Gorgasm and Iniquitous Deeds. Even if you know nothing about those bands, all that needs to be known about Nithing is that it blasts and blasts and blasts and blasts. Agonal Hymns is ostensibly a collection of nine individual tracks that actually seamlessly meld into a single 23 minute Cronenberg monstrosity: dense, eviscerating arrangements twisted together like broken bodies are produced with sickening clarity so that the relentless whirr of kick pedals and scrape of guitar strings amalgamate into the carnage of dynamic riffs/bass, snapping snare and layered spew of breathless gurgles to create a sound so immediate it is almost violating. Despite the intensity, the album stops short of being messy; the writing is certainly violent and frenzied but has plenty of attention to detail (and good riffs) for a result that is memorable, at least traumatically.

The uncanny throbbing low end of Agonal Hymns is frequently barbed with needle-like leads (or occasionally short solos), almost psychedelic in their heavy use of delay and dissonance, which keep the listener present kind of like that scene in Fight Club where Edward Norton is trying to dissociate from the pain of a disfiguring chemical burn on his hand but Brad Pitt won't let him block it out and reminds him the pain is right here it is RIGHT HERE focus on your pain. So too does Agonal Hymns sadistically demand attention, even a minor reprieve like the short penultimate track "God: Emaciated" soon segues into the bludgeoning gut crusher of the closer to deny any internal happy place the listener might have momentarily ventured to.

Considering its place in the landscape of a genre all about maximalism, it must be reiterated that the short runtime is a huge strength of Agonal Hymns: for everything that its flailing, splattering style lacks in subtlety, it conveys in a dense but surprisingly digestible and resultingly moreish steaming visceral heap.



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CalculatingInfinity
September 15th 2023


9829 Comments


This album rules hard.

ffs
September 15th 2023


6178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 15th 2023


25497 Comments


some of your best writing here my man. second paragraph especially is great.

album rules too.

Rowhaus
September 15th 2023


5898 Comments


thought we were getting a new shoegaze masterpiece for a second there

Hawks
September 15th 2023


84910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yes finally a review for this!

autosacrifice
September 15th 2023


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is gross. love it

Hawks
September 15th 2023


84910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brutal dm done right men.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2023


10635 Comments


Great review, pos.

I remember fancying the music of the last Gorgasm album, so I will check it out.


Stream:
http://nithing.bandcamp.com/album/agonal-hymns

Dizchu
September 16th 2023


532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought I was exhausted with the whole overcompressed tech/slam/brutal death metal thing but this is actually insane. There's something avant-garde about it, like there's conscious sound design going on here.

Hawks
September 16th 2023


84910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep. m/

alamo
September 18th 2023


5533 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aoty

oltnabrick
October 3rd 2023


40610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ping

evilford
October 3rd 2023


63236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been informed that this rules

oltnabrick
October 3rd 2023


40610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk if this is ur thing but it does yea

evilford
October 3rd 2023


63236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well if it's anything like Gorgasm or Iniquitous Deeds I bet ill like it

Above
November 22nd 2023


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm not sure what i'm listening to but i like it

Hawks
November 22nd 2023


84910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slayz yeah.

PumpBoffBag
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2023


1441 Comments


Album gives me nosebleeds in a good way

NightOnDrunkMountain
November 27th 2023


511 Comments


Chest crushing stuff right here

sonictheplumber
November 29th 2023


17533 Comments


not crazy about this



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