Nightland - The Great Nothing (2021)


With the barrage of promos we get each month, it is easy to lose track of under the radar releases that are quite interesting. Luckily for us, Nightland’s latest album “The Great Nothing” popped in our queue and hasn’t left after more than a dozen spins. Mixing Progressive elements with a Symphonic Death Metal core, this release unleashes over 47 minutes of highly polished and very engaging music that will appear to fans from bands like Sculptured, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh, and Arcturus.

The release opens with the crafty “The Conjunction of Benetnash” and its intricate guitar lines paired with dramatic choral arrangements. This opener sets a very intriguing mood as the band’s sound is still yet to fully unravel. With a more mellow approach “For Once My Name” introduces a nice mixture of harsh and clean vocals, having a very epic feeling, a bit like bands like Arcturus, but with a cleaner and more ethereal purpose.

If the first two songs haven’t impressed you enough, the 10-minute behemoth “Shade of a Lower Star” continues the excellent mix of progressive elements with aggressive packages and expertly crafted melodic vocal arrangements. Changing the mood into more melancholic territories, the excellent “Further” and the instrumental “101 Megaparsecs” fully prepare the listener for the closing 3-part opus piece.

Closing with three-part album title track, the first movement “Of Seeking and Straying” keeps things heavy alongside lush melodic passages, while “The Reliever” further cements the band’s atmospheric chops and “Pursuers of Absolution” further drives the point home with dramatic guitar leads and very imposing atmospherics. Overall, “The Great Nothing” is one of those releases that brings you back to listen to it over and over again due to the attention to detail the band has played in crafting each track. This is a highly recommended release for people looking for aggressive and yet well crafted and melodic releases.

Band: Nightland Album: The Great Nothing

Label: Scarlet Records

Release: November 19th, 2021

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Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Death Metal

Country: Italy

Rating: 94/100

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