Nervecell turns that upside down. Featuring three core members and a session drummer, Nervecell has been punishing eardrums since 2000. In 2011, they released the album Psychogenocide, but not world wide. Now, armed with a new record label, they plan to rerelease the album to the masses. What does the captain of the USS Chaos think of it? Read on to find out.
Psychogenocide starts off with a slow, middle eastern style instrumental. There is no heavy to speak of, but the atmosphere speaks volumes. Somehow, someway, you can feel that something “bad” is about to happen. The tone is ominous, dreary, and exciting.
Once the second track hits, you can tell exactly what you were being prepared for: Totally awesome, fast, heavy metal. Every single track on this album brings the awesome. There is double bass drums and blast beats galore. The vocalist does an incredible job throughout the album. There are only two downsides to this album. The first is when there is not a solo, the guitars are drowned out. This is sad because when you really listen to hear the guitars, the sound is incredible. The second is that a many of the songs on this album fail to accomplish any thing different from other bands of this genre.
The tracks that do take it a step above the rest are just pure genius. The transition into “Amok Doctrine” is phenomenal. The pace change during the interlude of this song is epic. “Imprint” is a short track, but the band brings it so heavy and forceful that it doesn't matter. “Shunq (To the Despaired...King of Darnenss)” includes vocals from Karl Sanders (Nile), and has one hell of an awesome chorus. The album's final offering, “Nation's Plague,” has an intro that seems electronic: It is an odd intro indeed. The intro leads into spectacular drum work and one of the grooviest grooves I have ever heard. If you can stop head banging to this tack, there is no hope for you.
Overall, Nervecell's Psychogenocide pleases the ears. The work on every track is fantastic. The musicianship on this album is stellar. With Psychgenocide, Nervecell proves that it belongs up there with some of its former tour mates such as Metallica, Anthrax, and Morbid Angel.
Captain's Approval Rating: 9.3/10
Favorite Lyrical Line: “I will obliterate your society.” Imprint
James Khazaal Vocals & Bass
Barney Ribeiro Guitar
Rami H. Mustafa Guitar
Dave Haley Drums (session)
Upon an Epidemic Scheme
All Eyes on Them
Shunq (To the Despaired...King of Darkness)
Taste of Betrayal
Nervecell is set to rerelease Psychogenocide via Unique Leader Records on January 27, 2015.
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