Nomad - _The Tail of Substance_
(Nomadic Hell, 1998)
by: Paul Schwarz (7.5 out of 10)
Pulling straight into the pummelling fast lane of bass-heavy death metal riffing out of their serene, orchestrated intro, Nomad ask for around 45 minutes of one's time to show what they can do. A lot of the time Nomad do little, in the sense that they chug along, in the sense that much as they have good riffs, they really give you nothing too out of the ordinary. However, there are quite a few times, and they stick in your head, on _The Tail of Substance_, where the band do something memorable. They pull some great leads out of the tumultuous hat of their sound, and execute good build-ups. Of course, like many Polish bands these days, it seems (Yattering, Vader), the band utilise Andy Bomba's considerable talents at the production helm and thus no subtleties are "lost in the mix". The band also avoid sounding like a Vader or Yattering-a-like via their songwriting or Bomba's production, which scores them additional points. I do feel the band could be less arrogant than attempting to give their style such a unique and defining moniker as "Nomadic Hell Metal" and I hope that there was some element of humour behind this press release statement. A pleasing start and a debut which will be interesting to look back to.

Contact: Nomad, PO Box 69, 26-300 Opoczno, Poland

(article published 13/2/1999)

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