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Nullingroots
Into the Grey
Type: CD
Company: Prosthetic
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 12/6/2017
In your face aggression and subtle, melodic passages
It feels like 2017 has been the year for black metal releases that leapfrog each other for being the best release so far. 'Into the Grey' is one that will top many people's lists for album of the year and is definitely a strong contender to make my year end list. Playing post-black metal, Nullingroots delivers some serious firepower with the tracks that make up 'Into the Grey'. While the tracks are fairly lengthy, most average over ten minutes, the band does a superb job of making them feel seamless and helping you forget that you're listening to one song. There are elements of Castevet and Deafheaven present on the album but the sound that Nullingroots has culled is a great blend of in your face aggression and subtle, melodic passages. The vocals remain well within the black metal genre and are very well done throughout. The music on 'Into the Grey' is what really caught my attention though. You get a track like "Rust" that starts off with this really doomy sounding riff accompanied by screams and jazzy drumming that gives way to a psychedelic little hook before the black metal comes in and kicks into high gear. The drummer rides the high hats like a beast and then just as quickly as the black metal started, it's replaced by this clean guitar line and some subtle drumming as it winds down to a more melancholic ending. Each song has so much going on that you are so focused on it, you forget that you were just listening to one song. I've heard things I've missed before on my subsequent listens and I love discovering things like that when I go back to an album. Nullingroots have provided us with yet another contender for AOTY with 'Into the Grey' and I see lots of good things coming in the future for this band.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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