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Nominon Back In The U.S. With New Members

Just hours after an all-day punk and metal crawfish boil there was an international show called from the Death Metal Darkness Tour with bands coming from the U.S., Europe, and even Mexico that was not to be missed. Oppressing, extreme heat in the late night hours permeated the wooden bar. The three touring bands, Quinta Essentia, Infinitum Obscure, and Nominon, are all signed to Deathgasm Records, definitely a label to check out with a show like this.

Traditional black metal band Serpentis from NOLA opened the show. Having lost a guitarist recently, the sole axe-man Marg performed very well. Another guitar seemed unnecessary. Vocalist Usurper held his head high as he uttered guttural growls through the half hour of BM. Their setlist consisted of their best songs; “Desecration of the Spirit,” “Faithless Eternal Night,” “Serpent of the Darkest Flame,” “Defiance Induced Chaos,” “Enshrined in Darkness,” and “Funeral Lust.”

The other southern band on the bill, hailing from Alabama, Quinta Essentia took the stage. Currently on their way to Michigan Deathfest, the death metal foursome made many fans that night. The music was dark and moody. The guitar work was so impressive by Jason Flippo (doubling as the vocalist) and Matt Barnes; riffing, wailing, and generally heavy as hell. They played the awesomely-named songs “Immortal Self,” “Formative Evasion,” “Venom of the Pernicious,” “Absent Illumination,” a cover of Dissection’s “Unhallowed,” “Arcane Stellar Firmament,” and “The Destiny of Pity is Destruction.”

Infinitum Obscure was a sight to see on many levels. Their death metal is incredible, of course. But I’ve never heard a band from Mexico before, so I paid full attention to their show. I was really blown away by their classic blackened death metal. Drummer Ezequiel Mercado did a great job pounding the skins with perfect timing, and guitarist/vocalist Roberto Lizarragga snarled and growled menacingly. Their show had a few songs from their great new album “Sub Atris Caelis”; “Serenade for Destruction,” “Shunned by Thy Dark Light,” “Messenger of Chaos,” “I,” “Storm of Impious Hatred,” “The Final Aeon,” “Beyond a Dying Sun,” “Collustratus A Tenebris,” and “Towards the Eternal Dark.”

Sweden’s Nominon has been through quite a bit lately including hiring new band members like young, enthusiastic vocalist Henke Skoog and bassist Martin Petersson. This lineup should last a long time because the show was awesome and flawless. Henke preferred to stand on the floor and push the crowd around, spitting beer and spewing words, while veteran guitarists Juha Sulasalmi and AntiChristian Strömblad chugged on. Even though I caught a glimpse of the handwritten setlist, I was looking more closely at the inverted crosses and pentagrams drawn all over the sheet of paper than the songs. Drummer Perra Karlsson assured me that the songs played changed every night of the tour, but Nominon played bonus song “Undead Beast” at the behest of the screaming crowd demanding an encore.

Even with the horrible heat and exhaustion from the day’s activities, everyone was glad they chose to make it to this show. I can’t wait for any of these bands to come back again and will absolutely be sure to make it no matter what.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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