I may not be much of a fan, but the experimental "Into The Lungs Of Hell" wasn't a bad release. I know it probably pissed off some of the old school faithful, but rest assured the band heard your cries and return now with an album that is more venomous and aggressive and I nearly shit my pants when I heard it. I am not a fan of blast beats or the typical growly vocals, but this works best for the band.
"Nihilism" wastes no time in kicking your ass. Arien's drum work is fast as a tornado and Henri's throat proves to be malicious. The part where I practically wet myself was the guitar work provided by the new kid on the block: Isaac. This son of a bitch is simply awesome. He is so talented. He can play fast as a mother fucker, be as technical as Yngwie and be as heavy as a ton of bricks. He knows how to perform and he is the highlight of the band. Just listen to that opening track and he wails as is there was no tomorrow. I can't believe at how melodic this song or band can be especially when they pride themselves on being evil bastards. "Arch Enemy Spain" may start out sounding wimpy, but it doesn't take long before your body is plastered against the wall thanks to the whirlwind sounds that the guys create and blare through your speakers. Isaac has a long career ahead of him with the kind of work that he provides.
Each track is a stand out and the solos are simply to die for. I think many guitarists in the genre should take a good listen at this man because he can play and has the talent to prove it. He shows everyone that you can be in a brutal band and perform without sounding sloppy or noisy. By the time that you hit the title track, your house will crumble. This is super technical, yet heavy and aggressive. The blast action continues to plow the fan over with the greatest of ease. Of course with all of the cacophony that the guys dish out, even they have to pull the reigns back to catch their breath. With a title like "Rusty Nails", you would expect the track to be a complete onslaught. Not in this case. It's still hard and heavy, but more laid back. The tempo is brought down several notches, but it's quite alright.
Ok, I am just simply going to quick talking about this release because if I go on it will never end. It's hard to pick a favourite because they are all devastating and killer at the same time. I think KATAKLYSM has some major competition here with these guys. The performance by everyone is Grade-A and I hope they continue like this in the future because they just got themselves a new fan. It may be too early to tell, but this has potential to be album of the year. Album of the month is for sure! (Online May 3, 2005)