Thursday, March 1, 2018

Nervus - Everything Dies (2018) review


Nervus - Everything Dies
3.9.18 via Big Scary Monsters
Melodic Punk Rock

 "I am safe in my own skin, although my armor is paper thin"

Following the success of their debut album "Permanent Rainbow", U.K. punk rockers NERVUS return 2 years later with their sophomore album "Everything Dies". This album bursts with clarity thanks to Bob Cooper's phenomenal production. Every note sang, or played, is clearly audible and helps bring an added layer to the album that others in the genre tend to usually lack. This is very surprising, considered everything aside from drums were recorded in Em's room. Production aside, the real highlight of the album would have to be Em's vocal performance and lyric content. Although, not steering very far from the norm of punk rock, you can truly feel the raw emotion conveyed in her voice.

Loosely broken up into three distinct acts's: birth, life, and death, the lyricism often treads on very personal topics such as transition and acceptance:

"I'm spending so much time trying to be accepted
But I expect
It might never even happen
If I could learn to just accept myself
Then fuck everybody else
They can try and fucking kill me"

Songs like "Congratulations" are a perfect example of this, with lyricism focused mainly on the societal expectations based solely upon the sex you are given at birth. Don't let the lyricism fool you though, this truly is a fun listen and not as dark and depressing as the lyrics might lead you to believe. 

In due time, this release is bound to bring in lots of new fans for the band and hopefully propel them to the stardom that they are very much deserving of.

4/5
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Nervus - Everything Dies (2018) review

Nervus - Everything Dies 3.9.18 via Big Scary Monsters Melodic Punk Rock  " I am safe in my own skin, although my armor is pa...