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Caustic and sinister, the latest addition to Norway's metal armory wields uncompromising means: the serrated edge of black metal has been coated with sludge metal's poisonous ichor, a choking garrote of death metal kept close at hand for added lethality. The sentiments of Nadir's The Great Dying EP are captured with furious intricacy in just four songs, the entirety of which we're pleased to stream exclusively now:

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While the opening title track showcases the black metal chops of the group well enough, very quickly it becomes clear there's more to the picture -- blast beats mingle with cyclical shuffles and chunkier grooves that are just as punishing but draw comparisons to intricate, progressive sludge more than black metal. Whereas some of those acts work in black metal as a minor piece of the puzzle that isn't always obvious, the blocky crunch of sludge is used in direct opposition to intricate blast beats and melodic tremolo passages. "Tungetale," in particular, is rife with conflict between triumphant progressions and withering sludge riffs that sets forth an antagonism impossible for either element to create on its own.

Nadir's rusty chainsaw tones and hoarse vocals make The Great Dying sound raw and nasty despite the obvious production behind it, but they're a surprising fit for all the competing elements of the sound. Rather than a conscious balance of disparate influences, this tightly-packed EP is simply the result of a band with impressive vision aiming for a singular end goal: blistering aggression.

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The Great Dying EP releases May 1st. Preorders available now via Bandcamp.

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