Black metal that grinds is not a new concept, it is just a rare occurrence. Usually when you hear the two fused together, bands like to emphasize the highs of black metal with the highs of the drums of grindcore. Altarage did the opposite as they focused on the fusion of elements of the heavier forms of grind like Blood and early Bolt Thrower and fused it to some gritty raw blasphemous black metal. If you are in search of another notable example of grinding black metal check out Axis of Advance. As I stated that Altarage has fused to the heavier forms of grind, do not expect this album to be an all out blast beat war zone. There are many elements that are pulled from doom metal, and death metal as well.
NIHL is an 8 track, 36 minute, pulverizing, desensitizing, beat down of unrestrained nihilism. NIHL’s atmosphere of destruction is like a plague of black holes. Though just one black hole would be enough to destroy everything in it’s path, NIHL casts out 8. The structure of the music is like a blend of disharmony that has been cast back from rapture and sewn together to create an usual unison of apocalypse. I have always said that the sound of destruction is not of the nature of being ugly, but a misunderstood beauty. That is exactly what NIHL is. This is an example of how art can be an act of destruction. The whole album is backed by a marching tempo that further drives the message home that this is about a warpath.
There is much that reminds me of Axis of Advance while listening to Alterage‘s NIHL. It may be the militant nature of the music. There is a long distance between Canada and Spain, yet it feels as though the wormhole connects the two together. I would say it was the devastating force of their musicianship that has ripped a fabric of space-time and created the wormhole. Unleash the destructive force that is Alterage and check out NIHL.