The ex-Krieg frontman N. Imperial returns once again to wreak havoc, this time on the black metal scene with his new project N.I.L., out now on Battle Kommand Records. Joined by guitarist J. Marcheski, these two have put together eight songs of raw, uncomprimising black metal here, littered with menacing atmosphere, raging guitars, pummeling blast beats, and N. Imperial's tortured black metal rasps. Fans of early Mayhem, Burzum, and Emperor should love tunes like "Here I Found No Shelter" and " I Quench My Thirst With Dust", each one a haunting, hate filled example of primal black metal, while the thunderous rhythms and cold, metallic riffs of "Sinking", "Negative Frequency Entity", and "Leaving the Self Behind" provide moments of epic, extreme beauty not often heard in the genre these days. This is savage stuff, but played with a certain amount of finesse despite all the brutality, and the slightly muddled production gives the recording a certain early 90's sound. Odd choice though to throw in a cover of Big Black's "Bad Houses", as it sort of doesn't really fit in with the rest of this splendid, violent black metal, but thankfully that's the only deviation from the otherwise non-stop assualt you get throughout this malicious CD. And yes, N. Imperial's vocals are just as evil as you can imagine, surging and screaming over the barrage of monstrous riffing from J. Marcheski. Bloody good stuff I say.
1> Plague Doors Rusted Shut
2) Here I Found No Shelter
3) I Quench My Thirst With Dust
5) Serpent Circle
6) Bad Houses (Big Black cover)
7) Negative Frequency Entity
8) Leaving the Self Behind