NOMAD SON - THE DARKENING (Metal On Metal Records)


                                  (Review by Stefan)

A little while ago, I reviewed the debut album of Metal On Metal Record’s newcomer Stonegriff. “Prologus Magicus” convinced me with the power of Traditional Doom Metal, present throughout the entire album. I was very satisfied with this effort but more excellent dark Doom Metal is on its way with the third and new album of Malta based Nomad Son. With the appropriate title “The Darkening”, these guys just delivered their best effort to date!

As I wrote in my review for Stonegriff, I have a huge admiration for Doom Metal, although there are certain conditions this genre must meet to convince me. When it comes to Doom Metal that is played with monotonous ultra heavy, very slow rhythms I rather say no way. No musical variety leads inevitably to boredom which I want to avoid. The new Stonegriff album managed to quench a lot of my Doom Metal desires, and Nomad Son… well, these guys make my wishlist complete. Their new album “The Darkening” is not just a regular Doom Metal album, that’s for sure. In addition to the ultra heavy passages, there is also room for late seventies/early eighties Hard Rock (including chilling Hammond organ sounding keys)… defenders of Classic Heavy Metal or even NWOBHM are also well served. For clarity, I would like to repeat myself once again: “The Darkening” is Nomad Son’s best album up 'til now!

When I heard the first song ‘Light Bearer’ I was almost blown away by the power it radiated. The quite high speed of the track comes totally unexpected, rather unusual for a Doom Metal album. First song is over and my temperature’s already increasing to a boiling point. I have to disappoint those who thought that the next song ‘Age Of Contempt’ would bring more peace into the atmosphere. Nomad Son shows no mercy and delivers another so called headbanger. Nomad Son’s awesome frontman and his extremely wide vocal range slaps me in the face. I’d like to describe him as the leading force within the Nomad Son camp. Of course, with great respect for the rest of the band as well. Each piece in this musical puzzle seems to fit well together. First two tracks on “The Darkening” will come down on you like a juggernaut – fast paced with great vocals, heavy riffing, thunderous drums and the organ keyboard sound that might give you a strange feeling deep down inside… it’s all part of the game of the new and mighty Nomad Son music, and I like it!

From the moment ‘The Devil’s Banquet’ starts, we arrive at the real world of Traditional Doom Metal. Mid paced heavy rhythms, a superb singer, dark mood, and all the elements that make this genre very attractive and worth to listen to. ‘Only The Scars’ and its Classic Heavy Metal riffage service is a killer one to me, infectious rhythms and a great solo make me feel good and hungry for more. Another fave or mine is ‘Descend To Hell’ where Doom Metal gets a slightly thrashy feel. And again, the vocals are tremendous! To get the answer to the question of what Doom Metal is all about I recommend you check out the title track, ‘Caligula’ and ‘Orphaned Crown’.

It rarely happens that a Doom Metal album is able to take me by the throat in a way that Nomad Son’s “The Darkening” just did. This is a sizable chunk of granite that blows me away each time I listen to it. Darkness is lurking here, and the album is heavy as hell. These Malta based musicians established a close musical bond resulting in a truly beautiful album. A Metal On Metal release that again looks very professional concerning the eye catching cover art created by artist Jowita Kaminska in collaboration with her husband Simone Peruzzi who designed the good looking layout. This is a great album that will take the Traditional Doom Metal community by surprise for sure. Order right
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My Points: 89 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish