REVIEW: Nihilo - Dum Spiro Spero


NIHILO - Dum Spiro Spero
Subversiv Records

Nihilo has been rampaging under the radar for some time now, around 10 years, while I've been plagued with some of the most ear-bleeding Death Metal bands to date. I ask now, why is it bands like Nihilo aren't more prominent - why isn't Nihilo more prominent? Because, honestly, this is Modern Death Metal done right - so right.

Sorry to basically shove all other struggling bands under the colossal human-chum drenched hoof of 'Dum Spiro Spero' but its completely deserved. There are bigger and more popular bands then Nihilo which would certainly wish they had even a semblance of talent this group does. So, what is the difference between this and some of the other drivel I've been subjected to?

Well for starters this band in no way aspires to copy anything - there is no gore-laden cover art, no nods to 'we're just like Cannibal Corpse!' and none of that overbearing and completely idiotic BROOTL scene crap (ugh!). Nihilo literally sounds like this: Death Metal. These guys wanted to play it, so they clearly just played what came naturally to them; what they liked - rather then forcing some boring sound out. Better yet, songs are composed as such that they actually work with the vocals (which actually have range) and every one of them actually feels like an actual different song rather then bleeding together.

My main flaw is that I don't own it and that you don't either. Why are you even reading this? You should be listening to 'Dum Spiro Spero' now.