NONSUN // BLOOD & SPIRIT - LTD. SMOKEY BLACK W/ BLOOD BLOB VINYL
Released on April 15th, 2022.
You may be familiar with this Lviv, Ukraine quartet from their debut album Black Snow Desert, which we released back in 2018. But whatever you think you know about them, put it to the side in preparation for their sophomore effort. Whereas their first album was intended to be like a single composition spread across six tracks, Blood & Spirit is more a collection of distinct, standalone songs, each telling its own story. And what stories they have to tell! We loved the dense and often demanding drone/sludge approach of Black Snow Desert, but what listeners will discover on Blood & Spirit is truly a force to behold, blending the breathtaking immensity of their doom leanings with a gripping immediacy that’s more consistent with traditional post-metal stylings.
Opening track “A Wizard Grieving Over The Loss Of Magic” unfolds gradually and quietly with a dreamy, almost post-rock adjacent intro. Soon enough the intensity edges in, and once that first powerhouse guitar riff is unleashed, it becomes clear that there is a different energy at play with Blood & Spirit. A snarling, even swaggering progression that would be just as at home on an old Crowbar or DOWN record, it reveals a crucial new dimension in Nonsun’s songwriting that lends a degree of approachability that never steps on the toes of their more expansive compositional ideals.