This album was technically released last year, but Metal on Metal Records re-released it on vinyl recently and asked me to review it.
Nomad Son is another in a seemingly endless line of traditional doom metal bands that has popped up in the last few years. Nomad Son is from Malta, the first band from that country that I have ever heard.
Nomad Son, as a traditional doom metal band, obviously has a great deal in common sonically with Candlemass, Trouble, and other usual suspects. That is, medium-paced epic-sounding metal with a heavy crunch and powerful melodies. The songs do not fall into the same trap that those of other doom metal band songs do, that is they are a little on the long side but without losing interest or meandering on aimlessly, unlike this sentence.
The most impressive musical aspect is the use of Deep Purple-esque keyboard lines. This gives the music more of a 1970's traditional metal vibe.
The vocals are a little different, evoking King Diamond and Dio with a little bit of rasp thrown in. It is a little bit difficult to get used to initially. After a couple of listens though, they begin to sink in a little bit better.
This is Nomad Son's second album and there are still some things that could be improved, but the band shows promise. There are a lot of traditional doom metal bands popping up these days and Nomad Son does not really stand out much from the pack, but that does not mean that the album is not well-done and a good listen. The band just has some growing to do.