Reviewer: Greg Watson
Germany's Nemus offer up one of the more intriguing concept albums I've heard in a while with 'Wald-Mensch'. Conceptually, the album deals with an individual out taking a nap in the woods, only to be pulled under the earth and brought back as a tree. It's one of the strangest concepts I've ever heard of. But strangeness aside, this album is a great listen. Taking some cues from classic black metal and mixing in elements of shoegaze, I was nodding along to the slower paced riffs and shredding some serious air when the tempo picked up. The album is entirely in German so I had to look for a translation of the songs but even without that, just listening to the album, you can feel the story progress based on the emotive and powerful vocals. Definitely a different feel for black metal but it's a feel I'm totally good with.
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.