Roundtable Album Review: Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica

Nux_Vomica_CoverLabel: Relapse Records

Release Date: 1 April 2014

Songs: 3

Length: 45 minutes

Genre: Crust (influenced by black metal)

Studio Albums: 2 CDs, 2 EPs

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

 

 

WarpRider – In my humble opinion, long songs over 10+ minutes are better left for the more progressive types (Dream Theater, Rush, Opeth). Setting my personal opinion aside, I do enjoy the brutal and aggressive sounds of Nux Vomica. I can’t say I understand what the name means and find it a bit silly, but at the end of the day it’s all about metal and they do certainly pack a huge dose of metal into just three songs/45 minutes. “Choked at the Roots” could have been broken up, but as is it was the gem of the album. 3.5

Irmelinis – Who knew punk mixed with melodic death metal could sound so awesome? I love the punky energetic speed, the gorgeous thick, driving bass and the chilling vocals. This album needs to be listened to in full; you’ll be impressed by the intricate, beefy riffs, the natural pace changes and the complexity of the music. There is so much to listen to, a truly interesting journey. Fantastic album!  4.5

ChristopherMammal – After meeting Nux Vomica’s music for the first time, I want more. This is a remarkable album. It contains only three tracks, all of them long – the last one is close to 20 minutes – but each song is like a mini-symphony. The music drags you through the punk crust and down into deep, viscous, black sludge. Float around in there and you’ll discover how much depth and breadth there is to this album. It has passages that could be melodic death, post metal, hardcore or doom. The compositions are grand and the performance is top-class. 4.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 4.2 out of 5

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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