NOWEN - Peace With Death
June 10, 2016, 2 years ago
Third album from gruff throated Finnish outfit that is labeled (somewhat inaccurately, in my book) as "death thrash," as they are much too technically proficient for such rudimentary categorization. In fact, in its best moments, the altering tonality, melody, guitar proficiency (more than a few acoustic moments) and sinister barked vocals approach the majesty of Dissections' classic Storm Of The Light's Bane or later era Death, music with a multi-genre crossover appeal. To that end, there's even an unexpected jangly, ska/jam band vibe, right in the midst "The Gracious Farewell"!
However, their calling card is the fleet fingered display and sudden dynamic changes on "In Death We Shine" and to end "The Lost Fire". Some might question, "Why do we need another Dissection/Death?" especially with the bad taste (in no way connected to the music) the former left in our mouths. While they'll never be duplicated/replaced, both are sorely missed by those that remember. Countless others never heard/investigated, so if these Finns, who have been trying to get noticed since 1999, want to reprise the best elements of either, count me in. "Yearning" is essentially a short acoustic instrumental intermezzo, leading into the drum cadence begun, 8:11 title cut, the first legitimate thrash number. "Choices" is built around atonal experimentation and a pair of (seldom used) voices, while mid-tempo closer "Nothing To Forgive" (another eight minute construct) opts for clean vocals. Not the run-of-the-mill unsigned band. Check it out.