Words by Tommy Concrete
Once upon a dark and evil aeon there was a time in the history of heavy metal when black metal death metal and thrash metal were more or less indistinguishable from each other, this was the mid to late 80’s. This is the realm wherin Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta dwell.
I’ve seen them live and was impressed, even though they themselves described said performance as ‘shit’, I was suitably impressed enough to look forward to the release of this EP. Afterall they come from an impressive pedigree of extreme metal, with previous bands including Neruus Kor & Atragon. Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta (or Nick Noltes Grans Nan Bread as they are known in Bannermans Bar) are way better in my opinion then any of the bands their members have been in or are currently in.
When a band describes themselves as extreme black thrash I immediately want them to sound like Impaled Nazarene and/or Aura Noir and look like Nifelheim. Unfortunately Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta don’t do any of these things. To my pleasantly surprised ears I was very heavily reminded of Possessed, Hellhammer and Sign of the Black Mark era Bathory.
I’ve had the severe misfortune in the last year or so to not only become aware of, but to bear witness to the horrible concept of the ‘hipster black metal band’; all pristine beards, skinny trousers, vests and pseudo satanic image and lyrics, mincing around with tedious chat… ‘I went to see wolves in the throne room and walked out because they had a tuner on stage’, ‘Mayhem are the ultimate black metal band but I don’t like any of their albums, I only listen to live bootlegs on tape’ two knobheaded statements I have heard actual bands say to me in the last year. Well, Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta are not of that ilk, they are not necro-posers, this is a proper band playing the music they love and doing it well. The playing is tight and the riffs buzz and sizzle along with grooveless, relentless beats and vocals that go UGH!
Death by the Venomhammer is not brilliant by the way, they are way too early on in their career for brilliance; it is however a great debut and sounds exactly like it should sound, with a production that completely encapsulates what it is they are trying to do. They are a true underground band, peddling their non commercial wares to small collections of weirdos in tiny venues throughout the UK and I salute them for that; as it is a noble thing. Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta are a really good, really promising new band that have set themselves a high standard to beat when they get round to doing an album.