Nine - _It's Your Funeral_
(Spinefarm, 2007)
by: Nikola Shahpazov (7 out of 10)
Although constantly labeled as "hardcore", Swedish outfit Nine has little in common with Agnostic Front or Stamping Ground. Still, if the aforementioned label is to be used simply as an adjective, then hardcore they are. Simply put, Nine's music is essentially rock 'n' roll, rather heavy and metalized though it is, and the term "death rock" coined by Entombed and the like might be the best to describe what one might expect from _It's Your Funeral_.

The tracks are all slow to mid-tempo, relying on downtuned guitars and a tight rhythm section; the riffs are simple and catchy, while melodies are present but by no means dominant. Singer Johan Lindquist roars and screams, and while his distorted vocals seem the logical ingredient on the heavier "Bird of Prey" and "Venom", some actual singing would have greatly benefited the more melancholic "Nothing Left for the Vultures" and "Bleeding Hearts".

Still, even without much musical variety, _It's Your Funeral_ has enough power and gusto to deserve one's undivided attention.

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(article published 1/5/2007)

10/20/2003 J Smit Entombed / Nine / Disfear / Cerberus Night of the Angry Swedes
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