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Review: Nonexist - The New Flesh
The New Flesh

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 18:37
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 29, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The New Flesh

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

Swedish Death Metal tornado Nonexist is back. Well, it might be more accurate to say that Johan Reinholdz is back with a completely new line-up as the other Johan (Liiva) left the band at some point in 2016.

The very aptly titled new EP, The New Flesh, introduces five re-recordings of old songs with Johan Reinholdz on vocals this time. Johan Liiva has always been a great vocalist but the other Johan gets the job done on a decent level. His vocal parts have a slightly distorted effect on them which doesn't bother me at all. Reinholdz proves he has enough power to be a convincing Death Metal vocalist. The songs aren't drastically different compared to the original versions. I guess the primary purpose on The New Flesh was to introduce Johan Reinholdz as the band's new grunt master and he proved himself ready for the task.

At times progressive, melodic and varied ("A Promise Fulfilled") and at others very menacing and destructive ("The New Flesh" and "Dark and Tortured Universe"), this Death Metal is played professionally and ambitiously with enough catchy hooks to keep a listener's interest. Darn good stuff, overall. We need to hear a new album from these Swedes, this time with Mr. Reinholdz on vocals.

Other related information on the site
Review: Deus Deceptor (reviewed by Christian Renner)
Review: Throne of Scars (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist Johan Reinholdz on January 9, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist Johan Liiva on April 27, 2013 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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