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Nothing Sacred - No Gods

Nothing Sacred
No Gods
by Quinten Serna at 15 September 2021, 2:38 PM

With a history dating back nearly forty years, NOTHING SACRED, themselves are no strangers to Thrash, its inception, and the variances stemmed from the genre over time. After thirty-three years they’ve just unveiled unto the world their second full length entitled, "No Gods," which takes the listener down an avenue of nostalgia while itself feeling housed in contemporary form.

The LP opens up with the track “Final Crime” a song which sets the tone and theme for the rest of the album, that of Thrashing convulsions and reflexive vocals mirroring the dynamic transitions of the instruments. “Virus” has self-explanatory roots with its most forward motif being, “yes I’m to blame, for the heartache and all the world’s shame…” the guitars stay relatively grounded in this composition but do have moments of homophony where one will focus on drawn out chords and the other a full on riff. “First World Problems” opens with the rhythm guitar playing the main riff in low fidelity analogue to an AM radio; the piece has a classic Heavy Metal kind of feel to it with a headbanging progression to match with  the divisi of the guitars building off of one another unto a powerful form met by an increase in intensity from the drums. The penultimate track, “Oracle” epitomizes the Thrash roots of the band being built on a constantly shifting progression and sibilant percussion, the constant shift between faster and slower sections works extremely well in building tension throughout the track coming to a head with the final verse leading into the outro. The last song, “Stoner,” slows things down quite a bit committing itself to a more tepid progression with cleans that fill the soundscape for near the entire extent of the track, the fade out at the end with dual leads holding a single note is itself a rather memorable way to end an album.

The instrumentation of the album is quite sublime in many regards being extremely well balanced as each instrument is housed in its separate dynamic without interfering with one another. The guitars are crisp, a little over-saturated, but well controlled and tight in the mix; the bass is a subversive force filling the bottom end in completion without stealing from the kick; the fidelity of the drums is matched only by their performance with each strike piercing through the mix; and lastly, the vocals are very well delivered and exceptional at creating dynamic tension changing tone without altering volume.

In their decades amiss from the public NOTHING SACRED has managed to keep under wraps a form that manages to sound contemporary yet as well offers the classical indulgences of Thrash roots. With themes circling around isolation, obsolescence, disdain, and fear "No Gods" speaks for all of us and is pretty strong in its message.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Final Crime
2. Virus
3. Cold Black
4. First World Problems
5. Killing You
6. False Prophets
7. Ice
8. Cult
9. Oracle
10. Stoner
Lineup:
Karl Lean – Bass
Sham Littleman – Drums
George Larin – Lead Guitars
Stu Bedford – Guitars
James Davies – Vocals
Record Label: Rockshots Records
     


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