Power of Metal.dk Review

At the Gates Of Nihilism
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 23 February, 2015
Playing time: 41:00

A pleasant surprise this new album from this Czech band. You hear the 20 years of experience and the production of Waldemar Sorychta (Tiamat, Moonspell, Grip Inc. a.o.) is heavy and great sounding. I can understand that Mighty Music has picked this band up, but do they add a lot to the death metal scene? Their style sure is an interesting mix of death metal in the vein of Sinister and Vader, with some thrash elements, some melodeath and a certain groove.

Some parts make me think of Asphyx and the devastating heavy riffs remind me of Hail of Bullets also. One of the things I use by judging a new album is the question: Is this an album I will listen to again after some time, or will it be put on a shelf to be finally eaten by rats and mice when I'm old and senile? 'At the Gates Of Nihilism' is an album that falls a bit in between. At the moment I listen to it with a lot of pleasure, because of the rather strong songs, the heavy riffs and the aggressive grunts of Jiri Krs and not particularly because of the originality, but just because it sounds great. In ancient times when I only could buy one album a month, this could certainly be one I would purchase, but with so many albums and great releases every month.... I'm not really sure.

One thing is certain, they are my favorite Czech band and I will listen to this album a few times more next week. If you are into some bands I mentioned above, you have to listen to (and buy) Pandemia, because they do deliver and the cover of the French band Loudblast is a nice extra treat.

01. First Blood
Rotting in Mold
Nihilistic Age
Godless Bitch
05. Cult of God
Under Barbed Wire
09. Harlots of War
10. Zyklon B
11. Broken Soul Of the Dying Soldier
12. After Thy Thought (Loudblast cover)
Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 February, 2015
Website: www.pandemia.cz