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Review: Nonexist - Throne of Scars
Throne of Scars

Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2015
Duration: 42:59
Tracks: 9
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 27, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Throne of Scars

Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

Johan Reinholdz is a relatively known Swedish musician, having been involved with many bands and projects for many years (Andromeda, Skyfire, ex-Opus Atlantica, etc.). In Nonexist he teamed up with another familiar Swedish name, Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, ex-Furbowl, ex-Arch Enemy) in 2001, in order to create melodic Death Metal that also fuses some elements from Progressive Metal and Thrash Metal.

Since the days of Nonexist's debut album, Deus Deceptor, which also had Matte Modin (Firespawn, ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Defleshed, etc.) playing the drums, the Johan-duo decided to continue making music for Nonexist, just the two of them keeping the band alive. This time, Reinholdz has taken everything except the lead vocals, which were left to his band mate.

The band's third album, Throne of Scars, released on Danish Mighty Music in October 2015, shows great musicianship from this duo. Reinholdz has truly taken his time to compose a bunch of killer songs, paying attention to some certain details just to make this album stands out as professional as possible. In reality, it surely isn't an easy task to put everything together into real songs – and this type of a project is undoubtedly full of challenges, including some of the technical variety. However, Reinholdz has pulled off a very enjoyable, melodic, grooving, and a little experimentally driven album. He's a true virtuoso when talking about playing killer solos, churning out spot-on riffs, or just overall talking of how to make the kind of a song structure that makes you enjoy his composing skills. However, I have to admit that I am not super-thrilled about those programmed drums, as they tend to make everything sound robotic, clinical and cold. Gladly there's Liiva, whose vocals I overall have considered one of the best on the heavier side of music. He does not disappoint on Throne of Scars.

Nonexist is a pretty amazing project all in all, as this album also proves. If they just got rid off those programmed drums some day... Oh well, I have no reason to complain really because the final result kicks some serious ass.  If possible, get the Japanese version of this record, with three totally amazing bonus tracks. Just a free tip for all of you...

Other related information on the site
Review: Deus Deceptor (reviewed by Christian Renner)
Review: The New Flesh (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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