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Ad Nauseam – Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est

Ad Nauseam
Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est
by Dave “That Metal Guy” Campbell at 25 May 2015, 11:18 AM

AD NAUSEAM is a Technical Death Metal band based out of Italy. “Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est” is the band’s debut album on Lavadome Productions label, and contains eight tracks. “My Buried Dream” is the opening track. It quickly progresses to blast beat drumming, fast picked riffs and Death vocal growls that are indiscernible. The instrumentation is both dissonant and impossibly tight, as you would expect Tech Death would be. There is also a hasty quality to the track, like something evil trying to catch up to you. “Key to Timeless Laws” continues in this vein, alternating between an all-out assault and some softer but shorter
connecting passages. “Into the Void Eye” is a little deeper and darker, focusing more on creating an air of pure death and destruction, like laying waste to everything around. Sometimes the power and energy is so great it is difficult to distinguish chord patterns or establish a main meter. “Lost In The Antiverse” features a screeching guitar riff underneath the angst fueled Death vocals, and you feel like you are trapped in the darkness at night as a dragon’s claws clutch at you over and over, scraping against objects that somehow shield you. “The Black Veil Of Original Flaw” is a bit longer and with a little more structure, exploring the deeper end of the album as a whole. I find the accentuating passages do a job gob of breaking up the purity of the rage, which is as intense as it is present.

There is an extended ending that just bubbles there quietly, under the surface, eager to get out but never does. Closing the album is the eleven minute track “Superimposing Mere Will And Sheer Need.” The supporting guitar work adds some additional dissonance that is particularly interesting, especially as the track has another long fade out, lingering to remind you that there is little left of the world that they just blew up. For the style, the album is spot on. It’s a fleeting fury of discord and brutality, relentless in its attack and barely stopping to breathe. During the brief passages that are not as full-on, there is an air of darkness and suspense that brings to live the evil quality of the tracks.

3 Star Rating

1. My Buried Dream
2. Key To Timeless Laws
3. La Maison Diev
4. Into The Void Eye
5. Terror Haze
6. Lost In The Antiverse
7. The Black Veil of Original Flaw
8. Superimposing Mere Will And Sheer Need
Andrea P. – Guitars & Vocals
Matteo G. – Guitar & Backing Vocals
Andrea S. – Drums
Matteo B. – Bass
Record Label: Lavadome Productions


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