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Nux Vomica, Nux Vomica (Relapse Records)




Nux Vomica, Nux Vomica (Relapse Records)
CD Reviews April 24, 2014

04/24/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Nux Vomica, Nux Vomica (Relapse Records)
I’m far too uninterested to try and find out who coined the term “crust,” but I can basically tolerate the genre, a stripped-down blend of doom and punk, rootsy in that it’s what Martians would expect if someone told them they were about to hear something called “punk metal.” It’s been five years since their double-LP Asleep in the Ashes, which is kind of weird, being that they seem to have a lot of things to say about things they hate, and back then it seemed like they could write interesting enough Discharge-speed stuff until they passed out. With this one, the Portland, Ore., quintet seems more determined to add Black Sabbath sounds to the mix, such as the power-ringouts on album opener “Sanity is for the Passive,” but overall it’s a pretty interesting record, if by “interesting” you mean “relegated to a patchwork of familiar things like screamy black-metal vocals and mildly progressive riffage, but sewn together in such a way as not to be boring.” A — Eric W. Saeger





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