Nuclear Winter – Stormscapes

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label Self Released
Released: 2020
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Band line-up:

Gary Stautmeister – Everything


1. Hearts of Stone
2. The Wide Water
3. The Northern Winds
4. New York, New York


Extreme metal is normally associated with Europe and the Americas with an Asian scene also gaining prominence, but Africa has its fair share of bands gracing the world stage too.

One new act is Zimbabwe’s Nuclear Winter, a one-man project who has just released his new EP: “Stormscapes.” This is the kind of album I’d recommend to fans of Industrial Death Metal or the more operatic and symphonic bands of the DM ilk like Fleshgod Apocalypse.

First track ‘Hearts of Stone’ is heavily reminiscent of bands who experimented with industrial-style synthesisers, I was reminded of very early Anaal Nathrakh and some of Samael, however, those are bands from the black metal world, so imagine them with the down-tuned riffs of some old-school DM like Possessed and you will have this track.

Second track ‘The Wide Water’ mixes the DM with atmosphere and hearty melodies that would put Fleshgod and even Wintersun to shame. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy is a fan of the Scandinavian melodic-death scene as I was picking up a bit of an At The Gates vibe too.

Third track ‘The Northern Winds’ is also in this vein and will keep you focused as the lengths do not outstay their welcome. Each track showcases how Nuclear Winter knows what he’s doing and does it well.

Finally, Stormscapes ends on an unexpected score by including a cover of the classic pop tune: “New York, New York.” If this sounds like some sort of joke, I don’t blame you as I felt the same way, but this isn’t something you’d find on a Ten Masked Men album. “New York, New York” is not a comedic cover and stands out as an unusual fusion of classic pop, DM and alternative rock.

Overall, I liked the style of this release though cannot say the substance of the tracks jumped out at me. Stormscapes is something to add to your collection if you want to know what sort of sound is coming out of Africa right now, but I think I missed why a DM aficionado would put this in their collection. Not a terrible record but not brilliant either.

Review by Demitri Levantis