To me, NEST is a whole different breed then most of the genuine sludge I've ever come across. Metempsychosis is a thunderous, angry, depressive, and emotional journey expressed through the most dire way possible. Yeah, there is nothing clean or hopeful here - it's a human hell and it feels like hell here. But what makes it a little different, especially, is the more brief and metallic approach NEST takes. It's very close to the sort of music you'd hear from the likes of DIY hardcore, only a bit slower and bit... blacker? The last third of 'Gallows of Forever' and the track 'From Darkness In Me, Illuminate' are probably the best examples of this.
Unusually, NEST does not dwell on it's tracks or rely on long drawn out sections; songs generally don't outstay their welcome, or stay too far past the 5 minute mark aside from Metempsychosis's nearly 10 minute finale. It was actually surprising to me, that these songs could be so brief but maintain their heaviness - as I've long attributed sonic 'heaviness' to slow bass-laden riffs (I'm sure I'm not the only one).
Thankfully, the music is just as heavy as promised, but the doom-like influence I've come to expect from the genre is down played to great effect - almost in an effort to show that NEST is capable of far more then that, and will offer more then that down the road. It leaves a lot of room, I think for a future exploration of sound - which is something I really like. And, lends to a whole lot of variation within the short amount of time that Metempsychosis runs. No long drawn out introductions either, which is somewhat a staple of sludge.
NEST is a staple of what sludge metal truly is and what it can truly be. In a time where bands, projects, and groups seem to skirt every sub-genre and definition seems to be at a minimum, bands like this need to exist. And, even if you aren't one who finds Metempsychosis particularly important as I do, it's still a damn fine record.
-KEITH, THE ODD-
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