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North-West underground mainstays Nomad are, in their own words, a sludge band spawned from the various festering wounds of Manchester; an introductory statement that it’s hard to argue with.

Formed back in 2012 as the burgeoning northern sludge/doom scene began to anchor itself into the world of heavy, Nomad bring their raw as all hell, gravel-chugging, no bullshit take on the crustiest genre of metal, leaving it to burrow into your ears and leave your whole head infected. Their first couple of offerings, released in quick succession - 2014’s The House is Dead EP and their half of the six-track split with Wort from the following year - gave many their initial few mouthfuls of what Nomad were serving; a harsh gruel of morosity.

In mid 2018, Nomad dropped their debut full-length - and first APF release - Feral [APF013] doubling down on all that had come before. Seven grim bangers, kicking off with ‘Curse Of The Sun’ and title-track ‘Feral’, both displaying the hooky yet desolate riffs Nomad seem to be able to conjure in their sleep, before moving onto the chug-fest of ‘The War Is Never Over’, the delicate opening refrains of ‘Culture Of Ruin’ and beyond; it’s as assured an inaugural LP as you’re likely to find.

Rightfully sharing stages over their lifespan with international sludge legends including Eyehategod, Crowbar, Church of Misery and more, Nomad have more than proven their standing as one of the UK’s leading lights in barbarity. Perhaps it’s ironic that Nomad found a place to call home, but APF will always have a place at the table for a band as crushing as they are.