Nolentia - May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All [Review]French three-piece outfit Nolentia are back with their second offering. Following on from 2009’s ‘…One Loud Noise And It’s Gone’, the epically titled “May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All” (or the shorter but equally difficult to remember “MTHTHTMTWSTWOFBBAA”) through Kaotoxin Records should add to the band’s growing reputation. Previous releases have seen the band tour with some of the genre’s biggest names and get some festival appearances under their belt, and this can only lead to more of the same.

Getting straight down to business with ‘The Boiling Frog Principle’, a ninety-second statement of intent, the remainder of the album is a no-holds-barred, punk-fuelled, angry-as-hell blast until the very last second. As with a lot of grindcore, it is easy to get lost in the noise and before you know it the album is over. There is an obvious love of old school grind such as Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Brutal Truth, but the band do add their own touches here and there to make the album stand out from a crowded scene.

Closer ‘The Second Principle’ stands out from the rest of the album with it’s longer, three-minutes plus running time and it’s much more doomy feel. A total change of pace and from what has gone before but it fits in perfectly with the overall mood. The volume grows gradually towards the end and gets more and more distorted until the sounds cuts out and you are suddenly left in silence to recover from the sonic battering you have just endured.

It’s a perfect album to put on on that Monday morning journey into work when you really don’t want to be confronted by the rest of humanity. There is nothing on here that you won’t have heard before and all-in-all it’s a very straightforward release with a few little twists and turns along the way. The second half of the album is slightly more experimental than the first but it loses none of its intensity and shows where the band could possibly be heading for future releases. If old school noise is your kind of thing, this album is well worth hunting down.

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