Hailing from what seem to be the darkest reaches of the earth is Nebrus and crawling out form the shadows with them is their newest blasphemous offering titled Exta Malorvm. Nebrus themselves are a pretty interesting black metal band as they do play in the vein of that raw and traditional black metal, they just contort and inject different elements and sound into that traditional black metal strain to create something that is unique. Nebrus’ sound throughout this record is dissonant yet utterly brutalizing and soul piercing and at times you can hear somewhat of a death metal influence as well.
Exta Malorvm begins with a haunting and altogether skin crawling intro that lasts you a little over two minutes. After the intro is over you end up getting thrust into a maelstrom of black metal that is chaotic and purely devastating. Nebrus doesn’t really slow down until they hit an interlude which is appropriately placed about half way through the record. And even after that interlude you get shoved head first back into the blackened soul ripping storm. As a whole, Exta Malorvm is a massive album that pummels and brutalizes you with completely dark and sinister metal until you yourself get cast down to the abyss.
As mentioned above, you get an intro at the beginning of the record, and interlude in the middle and really, other than that there isn’t a ton of breathing room. Nebrus suffocates you in an apothic gloom and further expunges you from this planet with terrifying and damning atmospheres. Whether it was intended or not, Nebrus envelop you in a cold and bitter darkness that sends shivers down your spine and makes your skin crawl. However, not only are the atmospheres cold and chill you to the bone, but these atmospheres are poisonous and thick. Once you begin listening, Nebrus wraps you in these sickening and purely sinister atmospheres and the more you listen the more you get swallowed up by them.
If it isn’t the atmospheres that get you it will be the brand of black metal that Nebrus brings to the table. Their brand of black metal is barbaric, raw, blasphemous and dehumanizing. The speed at which these guys play when they aren’t filling your head with down tempo blackened dirges is about mach three. Not only that, but each song is pumped full with massively heavy and head caving riffs that are coupled with massive bass lines and solid drum work along with dissonant and haunting vocals. The musicianship is great and with it paired with a raw yet refined production, what you get is one hell of a great listen.
Exta Malorvm is a great listen and would please any black metal fan. This record is dark, utterly grim, provides you with enough atmosphere that you can choke on it, and more than anything provides you with a great soul burning, heavy and unique listen.
Exta Malorvm will be out through Razed Soul Productions on November 4, 2016.
Take a listen to the track off of the upcoming record titled Relaying on Madness.