Mike Thall’s Review
Actually, slap that label on any Nemertines album and you may get an idea of solo artist Sabrin Scissor’s evil sound. And there are now officially thirteen Nemertines records (since 2009!) to back up the claim with the upcoming release of “Death, My Love” via the legendary Subliminal Groove Records. It will officially be available through iTunes and Bandcamp on March 21st, but you can listen to the whole thing right here, right now! Just look down.
The album starts off with a long and creepy atmospheric intro called “Eyes And Teeth” which explodes after two minutes in a short, but crushing rhythmic section. The following tracks “Alive” and “Song Of Hope” are two typical Nemertines songs with both groovy and melodic segments while “Sleep” and “Deep Inside The Black Hole” end up being the two shortest tracks on the album packing some of the biggest melodies. So far, melody has had a relevant role in the album without failing to deliver heavy passages, groovy sections, ice-cold atmospheres, and even some really cool breakdowns. With the two following tracks, Nemertines literally decides to smash our faces with two of the heaviest pieces of the album, “Sabrina Scissor The Sister” and “Opium”. Expect heavy grooves and freezing soundscapes without giving up the melodic hints that keep enhancing the beauty of this album.
“94” is another short but heavy song, with a huge atmospheric effort delivered on synths. It serves as a perfect way to introduce the listeners to the following two tracks, being the singles released by Nemertines in late 2012 – “Masturbation” and “A Needle Under The Nail”. “The Birds Are Back” has a similar structure to the intro song “Eyes And Teeth”. It brings a long atmospheric interlude followed by a powerful guitar assault which leads us to the last two songs – the amazing “Relationship” (my personal favorite song off “Death, My Love”), easily one of the saddest and most intense songs of the album. It features really heavy guitar riffage and a dark mood which can easily remind one of the sound found on the best Nemertines album, being “Tenerezza”. The album ends with the song “Mardröm”, which is probably the one of the heaviest tracks on the amazing new Nemertines release. Beautiful music from a very talented artist. That’s simply what “Death, My Love” is all about.