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NAVALM "Nothingness"

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Fast crunching death metal with a touch of industrial to it. The music sucks you in and the singer I love his voice as he sings with a ton of feeling and hate and his voice just fits this music perfectly. Big time crunch of the guitar and a bottom end heavy production also work wonders on this and the intensity I also liked. This is not for the faint of the heart. Think Ministry meeting death metal in an alley and out this pops.

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NAVALM "Nothingness"

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Navalm has to be the busiest Death Metal band hailing from Ukraine. Nothingness is their fourth full length album since 2013. This is also the first album to feature second guitarist Alexander Timofeev who produced this record. According to the promo text he got in touch with Dan Swanö to ask for some advice regarding the sound engineering. Not knowing the band before I checked out there previous album Tyranny. In direct comparison that one seemed to be a bit more technical and melodic. I got the feeling that Navalm turned to a bit more Old School sound on Nothingness which is also highlighted by the thick and heavy production job. The bass is rumbling along and the guitars are down-tuned without using the HM2 pedal leading to an overall sound sitting somewhere between the European (Scandinavian/UK) and the US school. One thing that seems to be very important to Navalm is atmosphere. Most of the tracks are held in mid-tempo with a lot of slower sections. While there is no keyboard player listed the band uses a range of samples to create a moody and dark soundscape. In combination with the often slightly melancholic lead guitar work the listener gets drawn into this dark and sometimes sad atmosphere. However, this does not mean we are talking about Atmospheric or Symphonic Death Metal here. The main focus on Nothingness is playing Old School Death Metal with great riffing, pummeling drums and some nice soloing. Most songs have a traditional verse-chorus structure but the band is not afraid to leave the well-known path weaving in some longer parts varying the tempo and applying some rhythm changes. The songwriting is on spot showing that experienced musicians are at work. The growling of Antanas Butvila is very deep. He has a great tone but the lyrics are not always easy to understand. This might also be owed to the thick wall of sound leaving the vocals slightly buried in the total mix. This is just a minor complaint and I still dig the overall sound of this record which is fitting perfectly to the crawling and evil music. Rounded off by a traditional cover art-work fans of OSDM should take notice.

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Navalm/Nothingness/686439/Edmund_Sackbauer/402292


NAVALM "Nothingness"

http://metalcorefanzine.com/

Fast crunching death metal with a touch of industrial to it. The music sucks you in and the singer I love his voice as he sings with a ton of feeling and hate and his voice just fits this music perfectly. Big time crunch of the guitar and a bottom end heavy production also work wonders on this and the intensity I also liked. This is not for the faint of the heart. Think Ministry meeting death metal in an alley and out this pops.

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NAVALM "Lunar Fields"

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One of my favorite entries of 2017 came from a pretty unknown death metal band from Ukraine called Navalm. Nothingness was a great piece of traditional death metal mixing European influences with elements from some US bands. Sticking to their one record per year schedule they hit back with Lunar Fields. Navalm have not drastically changed their formula of mainly US styled death metal enhanced by influences from European bands like Asphyx or Vomitory. The basic riffs are often fast and aggressive but sometimes also slow and stoic. The chords have a pretty simple and straight-forward feel to them most of the time but there are some cleverly implemented variations of the main themes. The lead guitar parts create a lot of atmosphere acting in the background for the most part delivering gloomy and sometimes even melancholic harmonies. Of course there are some traditional soloing parts but those are kept compact so that they never distract from the track itself. The drumming is tight and on point. Most of the time the man behind the kit acts in mid-tempo mode adding a few well-timed fills and blasts but there are several occasions where he throws out some blast-beats. There are a bunch of sections where the tempo is completely slowed down and the music crawls out of the speakers like an undead. Those parts constitute some of the highlights providing a similar dark and oppressive vibe that can be found on several Aspyhx or Grave albums. Overall these guys really know how to write a hooky and highly enjoyable death metal song. Singer Antanas has a very deep and powerful voice. His growls are delivered in convincing and powerful fashion and while he belts out the lyrics with brutality and anger each word can be perfectly understood. His vocals are the icing on this delicious old school cake and help ramping up the intensity to another level. The production is raw and filthy but very dynamic and powerful at the same time. The band managed to find the right balance between sounding rotten and putrid but also crystal clear and punchy. Thanks to a nearly flawless mix Lunar Fields is one of the best sounding albums of the genre I came across within the past few years. Navalm will not win any price for innovation but I guess this is anyway not what they are aiming for. By continuing with their hard work they keep getting better and better and I am pretty sure that these guys are on their way to the absolute elite of the genre. Must have!

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Navalm/Lunar_Fields/737979/


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