Nothing Left – Demo 1999 (2016)

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Some compare this to Mortician but to these ears, it sounds more like a Cathedral, Cianide and Asphyx crossover. Where Mortician adopted slowed-down grindcore stylings to death metal, Nothing Left bring a pure grindcore approach to the type of pummeling, rhythm-driven riffing that powers Cianide or Asphyx, and adds the droning doomy feel of later doom bands like Cathedral.

Nothing Left unveils songs with primitive names that use cudgel-like riffing to introduce a theme, then break into drawn-out riffs that emphasize harmonic space within the mostly-chromatic grinding attack. The result feels like grindcore, and then like a Winter-styled ultra-doom which creates an atmosphere of nothingness paired with a feral sense of ambition toward an empty world.

This music is delightedly primitive and aspires to nothing more than a pure rhythmic feel supported by occasional touches of covert melody and structure that resembles the biological algorithms of nature. Over this, deep vocals rupture like an earthquake. Both primal basics and hints of a hidden world of aspiration lurk in this record.

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12 thoughts on “Nothing Left – Demo 1999 (2016)”

  1. Network Addicts says:

    Maybe Metal need more creation with a sense of picture like this, But it reminds me of Clouded(Gorguts), same boring.

  2. Necronomeconomist says:

    This article is a nice olive branch to Stephan Cefala, after this clusterfuck: http://www.deathmetal.org/meta/hate-mail-7-steve-cefala-comment-spam/#more-25188

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      That’s one of meanwhile three reviews of this, the oldest one dating back to 2014, also comparing this to Mortician and also tagged as ‘Author Brett Stevens’. The oldest and this one were positive (although substantially different), the middle one was negative. To me, the music seems uninteresting and stereotypical to the point of suggesting an intentional parody, eg, the vocals make me think of a quagmire aimlessly bubbling along.

  3. Durp says:

    Man, that artwork and font are horrible.

    1. Necronomeconomist says:

      True, sincerely. That art is nonsensical. If there’s truly nothing left, with a nuke detonating in the background, niggas wearing bondage gasmasks…let’s just s ray there will be no cops around to set a Do-Not-Cross perimeter around the blast zone. Thusly, these niggas album looks like a DOOM upgrade pack made by Trey Azagthoth during the Illud Illuminatti Insanus recording sesh.

      Plus, Nothing Left’s lead guitarist, Stephen Cefala is a staff journalist on deathmetal.org. They should’ve put a conflict-of-interest waiver on here. A lot of hapless niggas will stumble onto the site, and have no context in which to judge you mercilessly. The sneering contempt of… Nathan Metric!

      1. Necronomeconomist says:

        His puke giantating in the black ground, saw vaginas dialating in the moon beams back to Jack Proud.

  4. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    Was there seriously “nothing left”‘ to review?

    1. There are more coming of actually listenable records; objectively reviewing music takes time.

    2. Welcome to Limbo says:

      DMU will review this one album for all of eternity.

      1. As the eternity opens…

        Nothing Left does emerge.

  5. I get the impression of something good lurking beneath the surface of this music, but I can’t quite reach it.
    I don’t get it.

  6. Cornpose says:

    Warning: IQ approaching dangerously low level. Break yo self.

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