Nasum
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Grind Finale
1/24/2006

Shift
10/26/2004

Helvete
5/13/2003
 
Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1992
HOME TOWN: Sweden
MEMBERS:
Mieszko Talarczyk (vocals/guitar)
Urban Skytt (guitar)
Jon Lindqvist (bass)
Anders Jakobson (drums)

"Extreme metal doesn't get much better than this." - Barney Greenway (Metal Hammer / Napalm Death) Nasum (naw-zum) was formed in 1992 by Anders Jakobson and Rickard Alriksson with the intention of creating true, straightforward grindcore in the old Napalm Death tradition. By the spring of 1993, guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk would join Nasum and soon become an essential member of the band After two and a half years of sharing records with others on split releases, Poserslaughter Records offered the band a mini-CD release. In February of 1995, Nasum entered Unisound Studios, recording twelve new tracks and six re-recordings of tracks from their November 1994 Domedagen demo. This session featured the first Nasum tracks with lyrics in the band's native Swedish. In conjunction with the release of the MCD, titled Industrislaven, Nasum made their live debut playing gigs in Astorp, Sweden, and Berlin, Germany. By June of 1997, Mieszko had purchased the equipment that formerly comprised Unisound and opened his own studio, named Soundlab. Sixteen tracks for an international grindcore/power violence compilation released by the Finnish label Tylyt Levyt and a cover of the Discharge classic Vision of War were recorded and featured Nasum's most devastating sound yet. A tape of these sessions made its way to Relapse Records who, upon hearing the material, immediately offered the band a full album deal. Nasum accepted and began composing more material. During December 1997 the two grindcore visionaries holed up in Soundlab and recorded forty-two new songs in a mere two month period. Thirty-eight of these tracks became Inhale/Exhale, an album that took the extreme music world by storm. Inhale/Exhale became an immediate grindcore classic and one that is still referenced amongst the best of the genre! Social concern and political frustration formed the basis of the band's lyrical attack, and harkened back to such classic Swedish hardcore bands as Mob 47, Crude SS and Anti-Cimex, but with the added extremity of the late 80's/early 90's Swedish death metal bands like Nihilist/Entombed. Press reactions were amazing, to say the least, as the sheer extremity of the band's delivery impressed varied music publications. Hot on the heels of Inhale / Exhale's release, Nasum made their way to the U.S. to join labelmates Soilent Green, Today Is The Day, Exhumed and Morgion on the 1999 Relapse Contamination tour. Kicking off the tour with an absolutely crushing set at the 1999 Milwaukee Metalfest, the band played the first half of the tour and took audiences by storm with their insane live show. A mammoth set at the legendary CBGB's concluded the band's 1999 U.S. dates, leaving grindcore fans drooling with anticipation for Nasum 's next U.S. jaunt. Nasum returned with a furious vengeance on their second full-length, Human 2.0. Playing no-nonsense, blistering grindcore, Nasum blasted their way through 25 ferocious tracks of intense, angst-ridden metal. The band infused a whiplash-inducing groove into their punishing grind, producing absolutely relentless songs that detonated with an energetic attack. With a lyrical base that touched on the political, the analytical and the sarcastic delivered with a frightening conviction; Nasum ensured that their bark was equally as venomous as their bite, destroying anyone and anything in their path. Summer 1999 saw Nasum being invited to play several prestigious festivals, including headlining the Fuck the Commerce III Festival in Germany and performing at the classic Hultsfred-festival in Sweden. Nasum also played with Napalm Death at the Dist 2000 Festival in Forshaga, Sweden. Fall 2000: Nasum crushed audiences on a seven week European tour supporting Napalm Death on a tour that took the band to eight countries (France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland and Belgium) and saw them perform over forty shows. In the spring of 2001, Nasum embarked on a 14 date tour with fellow countrymen The Haunted and Nine. The tour was called "Close-Up Made Us Do It" - a special 10 year Anniversary tour for legendary Swedish metal magazine Close-Up. The tour was an astounding success; garnering Nasum loads of media attention - features in the daily newspapers, live recordings played on national radio and a 30-minute feature on Swedish national television! Summer 2001 saw Nasum invited to play the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, where the band played in front of several thousands of people. The summer festival tour then concluded with a return to the Milwaukee Metalfest in July 2001. Nasum took part in the "Extreme the Dojo" Tour in Japan together with Candiria and Cryptopsy. During these dates in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, Nasum new Japanese fans for the first time and the tour was a great success. In the spring of 2002, Nasum flew to England and shared the stage with label mates The Dillinger Escape Plan, playing six shows together in England, Ireland and Scotland. Immediately following the Dillinger dates, Nasum started to write and rehearse songs for their third album, Helvete... May 2003: Blasting back with a furious vengeance, Nasum unveil Helvete, their third full-length album. A relentless auditory attack, Helvete dispatches twenty-two torrid tracks of Nasum 's breakneck grind and crunching hooks. Swedish for "Hell", Helvete is an incinerating mix of audio devastation, cold calculation and high-speed destruction.