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Review: Nihilist - Nihilist (1987-1989)
Nihilist (1987-1989)

Label: Threeman Recordings
Year released: 2005
Duration: 48:01
Tracks: 14
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: November 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4.35/5 (86.92%) (26 Votes)

Now THIS is the shit. Nihilist were arguably the earthquake that started the tsunami wave of Death Metal that ran throughout Sweden, not only through their demo material, but by their early albums under newly adopted name of Entombed (after breaking up and reforming minus bassist Johnny Hedlund, who would in turn go on to form fellow Swedish giants Unleashed).

Inspired by battered tapes of Repulsion and Death that they received through tape trading, these rabid teens got together to create something quite special. This is a compilation of all their demo material (including the Entombed 'But life goes on' demo) in chronological order (a lot of demo comps start with the 'clearer' sounding material first... not this one :)). Although the sound on the earlier stuff can be a bit shaky at times, the quality of the material shines though. The undeniable awesomeness of "Revel in Flesh", "Carnal Leftovers" and "Supposed to Rot" still have the same X factor they had when I heard them in my early teens, cutting through with such power thanks to the combination of thick, slime coated guitar tones and guttural vocal insanity that was to become the infamous 'Stockholm sound'. As the quality in production grows, so does the quality in music, culminating in the jaw dropping aforementioned Entombed demo. Although a lot of Nihilist tracks also turned up on Entombed debut Left Hand Path, they have a unique rawness here which adds to the unwholesome vibe of the music — and that's taking nothing away from Left Hand Path either — they're equally killer, just in different ways.

In simple terms, this compilation encapsulates exactly what can happen when friends get together with a ton of cheap beer, some horror movies, a sore throat, trashed equipment and a Boss Metal Zone distortion pedal with the settings all turned to 10 — and long may it continue to impress and floor those metal brethren of the future who've currently yet to discover its greatness.

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