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Album Reviews : Nucleust – Resistivity

By on August 28, 2016

a4117854455_16Nucleust are a 4 piece from Western Australia. They’ve been building solidly since the release of their debut EP Fractured Equilibrium in 2014, making a name for themselves in WA, touring Indonesia and playing the coveted local support slot for Swedish legends Soilwork.

Nucleust are a hard band to pigeon hole, their sound has traditionally revolved around rhythmically heavy guitar riffs and big grooves, but on this release they’ve added plenty of fresh elements which arguably start pushing their sound towards the progressive side of modern metal styles. The addition of clean vocal melodies, coupled with plenty of variation in tempos and dynamics, is a sign that Nucleust’s sound is maturing without neglecting the elements which served them well to date.

“Fear the Fearless” is a great opener. Heavy guitars, powerful drumming and groove laden bass is met by the abrasive vocals laid down by Shannon Marston. It’s a logical progression from the material on Fractured Equilibrium, but the clean vocal lines really add a new element to the fold and make this quite a memorable track.

“Tanbur” is a short instrumental piece named after the instrument it is played on, an ancient Persian instrument. “Tanbur” is a nice little interlude, but is essentially no more than an extended intro into the seven and a half minute epic “Of King and Tree”;  my pick of the tracks on the release.

The EP is rounded out with “Faith by the Sword” which is a banger of a track too. Fans of the band will recognise this one as it was released as a single about a year ago, accompanied by a particularly thought provoking video clip.

The production on the EP is top notch and really allows the song writing and performances to shine.

All in all Resistivity is a damn solid release. Sit up and take notice because Nucleust are a band worthy of your time.

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast and advocate for Australian heavy music scene. Chris grew up in Perth, Western Australia and is a past member of modern melodeath act Let's Kill Uncle. Currently residing in London, UK.