It is terrifying, asphyxiating, dark and leaves me feeling claustrophobic, smothered by sound. That is how the new Nihill release makes me feel. ‘Grond’ is the second album in a trilogy that was born with ‘Krach’ in 2007. The press release states Nihill’s nearest contemporaries being Sunn O))), Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, but I would like to add Mysticum, The Ruins of Beverast and Mortuus Infradeamoni to this identity parade that might have made Nihill do ‘Grond’.
Being a proud owner of the ‘Krach’ LP I was really looking forward to the second Nihill release. While ‘Krach’ was more of a doomy noise record with black metal overtones, ‘Grond’ is black metal at its foulest. The demonical atmosphere has maintained its prominent position, but the noise gave way to the Darkthronian black metal underneath more than on ‘Krach’. This has resulted in ‘Grond’ being a much more aggressive album with industrial undertones.
1. Aard – The fermentation of sol and luna in the black foliated earth.
2. Antimoon – Concerning the dead, the coffin’s fire slow but eternal.
3. Vacuum – The complexity of entering the vaults of Daath.
4. Pulsus – Sailing the great dark cosmic sea of chaos.