DAMIM – A Fine Game of Nil

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Reviewed: June 2019
Released: June 2019
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Bob Davidson


London based four-piece ‘DAMIM’ has just released its first album in 12 years. Having notable members such as Nathaneal Underwood (ex-Ackercocke), and an impressive listing of people working behind the scenes, if you haven’t heard of them, you probably should. Having been around in some form for a little over 20 years, this is the third proper release, but first under Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings. They describe themselves as:

“drawing a visceral deathly tones into the twisted metal sculpture, Damim celebrate the absurdity of existence with uncommon, immediate and unique poignancy”

There’s a lot going on and they don’t waste any time getting into things. ‘In A Language’ is an almost textbook technical Death metal tune, but executed crisply, neatly and with panache. Similarly with ‘Descendant of Amalek’. By the time you get to ‘NecroKino’ things take a distinctly dark turn, where the black metal influences become more apparent. Out of nowhere ‘Existential Epiphany Within A Waking Dream’ surprises with a stunning acoustic classical guitar influenced number – it’s beautiful. In fact, the only track I wasn’t really taken with was ‘Something For The Weakened’, which is a shame because it’s a great pun … I just found the vocals a little unformed.

As a whole this is definitely more technical than catchy, so if that’s your cup of tea then this is absolutely an album to pay attention to. And, if you get the chance, I thoroughly recommend seeing them live.

Track Listing:
1. In a Language they Understand
2. Descendant of Amalek
3. Beyond the Call of Emptiness
4. Something for the Weakened
5. NecroKino
6. Body Is Broken
7. Rising of the Lights
8. Existential Epiphany Within a Waking Dream
9. All I Want to Know Is How It Ends

Nathan – Vocals, Guitar
Flow – Drums
Edd – Guitar
Faust – Bass