Rare is the occurrence around Hated One’s home fires that an EP earns a standalone review, but when twenty-five minutes of music is this spectacular, this entrancing, and this ferocious, then there is no other option than to shine a blazing spotlight upon it, no?
Chicago’s atmospheric/post-black veterans Vukari surprised the metal world this past Friday by abruptly releasing Omnes Nihil, their first independent EP to hit the streets since 2014’s breakout success En to Pan; and just as En to Pan set a highwater mark in the development of the sound of this incredibly talented quartet, so too has 2021’s Omnes Nihil.
Grimmer, darker, and heavier than anything Vukari has released before, Omnes Nihil contains four unrelenting tracks that seem to have fully shed any pretense of atmospherics or post-metal… and the result? Only one of the most killer melodic USBM releases that Hated One has heard in a long, long time.
From stem to stern, nose to tail, Omnes Nihil is sheer perfection. Perfectly written, conceived, and (self-)produced (by bassist Spenser Morris), there really isn’t one thing that Hated One can find to fault with this astounding EP.
Each composition has its own unique feel and mood, and yet all four mesh perfectly together to form a cohesive whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. From the addictively riff-driven – and perfectly titled – opening track “Despondent” to the cumbrous title-track “Omnes Nihil”, and from the brusque offering “-“ to the epic closer “Saturn in the Eighth House”, Vukari’s Omnes Nihil is a release that no metalhead should miss hearing, EP or not.
Representing only the third release to achieve a perfect score from Hated One so far this year, Omnes Nihil is ONLY available currently through Vukari’s Bandcamp page, so simply press play below to hear it in its entirety and be sure to support the band further by following the provided links if you’re as blown away as Hated One suspects you’ll be! \m/
Rating: 100 / 100 (A++)
Release Date: October 22nd, 2021
Genre: Melodic USBM
FFO: Winterfylleth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Panopticon, Fen, Harakiri for the Sky, Wayfarer, Alda, Dismalimerence