EPK – Nomad – The Mountain (2023)
Publicist – Jon Asher – jon[@]ashermediarelations[.]com
For fans of Gojira, Lamb of God, Pantera, Sepultura, Devildriver
Album Title: The Mountain
Release Date: March 3, 2023
“This has been a long time coming. After so many external factors holding us back we are so happy to finally get this out to the world, and start crushing audiences again. We’re hoping that it fills the need for a little groove in the metal scene. We’ve spoken to many people in the audience after playing a show that say there are not enough bands like Nomad out there that like to slow it down and catch you with a good hook once in a while. We feel that many emotions and influences can be felt throughout this album and are sure to keep the listeners engaged and entertained with heavy riffs, blasting beats, and dynamic vocals.” – Nomad
1. Burning Alive (4:30)
2. Haunted (6:00)
3. Revolution (6:05)
4. Relentless (6:09)
5. A Lonely Wanderer (5:08)
6. Blood Moon (9:40)
7. Rise in the Fall (6:20)
8. Processor (6:56)
9. Choke (8:52)
Album Length: 59:38
– All songs written and performed by Nomad.
– Additional writing contribution by past members:
– Mixed by Bretton Melanson
– Mastered by Christian Donaldson
– Album Artwork by: Angela Grimmuza/ Art Of Grimmuza
– MAPL – Canadian Content
Album and Live lineup:
Bretton Melanson: Drums/Vocals
Matt Johnstone: Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Mabb: Guitar/Vocals
Josh MacDonald: Bass
The album as a whole (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY):
Catchy. Groove Factory & Krank
Note, the tracks on the album are presented in the order they were written. It wasn’t written as a concept album so there isn’t a lot tying one track to the next lyrically.
Track by track (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY):
1. Burning Alive
In the first song we wrote together, Matt had the riffs and brought them to our first practice, which took place at Bretton’s parent’s house, in the attic above their shop, with no air conditioning, in August. It was HOT. The title came from how ridiculously hot we were, and from there the lyrics came to surround the topic of forest fires and is intended as a call-out to any idiot that throws their cigarette butts out their car window.
An exploration of building on one idea, can we use the same riff for the quiet section as well as the loud. The lyrics follow a man haunted and tormented by demons/hell/the supernatural.
The first half is our “ballad” clean vocal spot #1. and the second half is rocking out to one hell of a sludge/groove riff, start light, go heavy, it’s kind of our “one” (Metallica). The lyrics call for a revolution, or societal change, redistribution of wealth, symbiosis with nature, and stop messing up the damn planet so our kids have a decent world to live in. The album title comes from the final line of the song (like how Slayer used “God hates us all” from disciple). The “Fuck you” is directed at those that put profits over the preservation of our planet.
The verses of this song let us have fun with starting a riff slow and speeding it up over the course of the section. Also, drum solo #1 of the album. Lyrically the song portrays the mental struggle of dealing with anxiety induced by the duality of man. An acknowledgment that no matter how much good there is in the world there will always be a dark side to the mind of humankind
5. A Lonely Wanderer
This one starts with some Mongolian Throat singing performed by Jeff and is also based around two main riffs, that we push and pull to bring ups and downs. It tells the story of a Man who’s fed up with society and leaves to live as a recluse, Wandering the wilderness, being a Nomad. This is the guy on the album cover, and on the inside of the CD case.
6. Blood Moon
This is our epic, it’s a long journey through a few different sections. Clean vocal spot #2 in the middle. It tells the story of a werewolf hunter who was bitten while hunting a werewolf and is becoming one himself.
7. Rise in the Fall
The title came first here, and I thought “gee, that sounds like the Russian revolution” one regime rising while the previous one falls, and it happens in the fall… not that deep of a double meaning, but it is one nonetheless. Wish I had written this in high school, would have upped my mark in history class, and I probably would have got a top mark in the school (darn second place). Yes, I am a huge nerd.
This one’s our most Tech death track. Got some really fast double kick bursts, using my low voice a lot for the vocals. The lyrics are about an artificial Intelligence designed to save humankind, who sees that humans are destroying the planet they need to live on, so the best way to preserve humankind is to preserve everyone digitally, and get rid of their bodies, so it’s trying to find every last person, “process” them, and incinerate the bodies, so there’s no further need to consume earth’s resources. The last line of the song says “destroyer of man” in one ear, and “protector of man” in the other
Another pretty long one, hitting different dynamic levels as we go. I looked for other meanings of the word “Choke”, which is the chorus section, Matt took the reins on a number of other sections and went with a cosmic theme, the birth, and death of the universe. We married those different themes together and this is the result.
BAND STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS:
1. The original form of the band formed after Matt approached Bretton at Armstrong Metalfest in 2015 to get the last required member to start a band. Originally a one-guitar band, the rest eventually decided to get a second and Bretton had been jamming with Jeff just before.
2. Went through 4 different lead singers (well, 3 but one guy came twice, it went Kasey – Justin – Kasey – Dylan) before deciding, screw it, let’s “Mastodon” it, and just share vocals. Bretton took the initiative on lead vocals learning the songs during the pandemic
3. Drums were tracked when we still had singer #1. Really slows down recording when you keep having to start from square one with a new singer.
4. Nomad was together for about a year with only one guitar before getting Jeff in the band. The addition of another guitar really fleshed out the sound and brought new techniques and influences into the band.
5. Djeff’s first jam with the band was right after Matt had moved to a house right beside the baseball fields in Enderby, I remember setting up, hitting my snare drum once, and seeing about a hundred baseball players all turn their heads at once to see what the heck that noise was. We didn’t jam there again.
6. Matt and Jeff have both played with broken ankles.
7. Matt was in the hospital with a blood clot in his brain and almost died, had to leave the hospital early to get to our gig on time.
L-R – Josh MacDonald (Bass), Matt Johnstone (Guitar/Vocals), Bretton Melanson, (Drums/Vocals), Jeff Mabb (Guitar/Vocals)
Photo Credit – Chris Geistlinger
Nomad is a dynamic, progressive death metal band from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada and consists of drummer/vocalist Bretton Melanson; guitarist/vocalist Matt Johnstone; guitarist/vocalist Jeff Mabb; plus bassist Josh MacDonald. Kickstarted by Johnstone who was looking for an outlet, he approached Melanson and since the material felt right and with their previous history playing together, the ball was rolling. Over a few years, there was a lineup flux, with each additional leaving their mark on the material. Ultimately, they then recruited Mabb as a second guitarist and MacDonald on bass, and working collaboratively, they weave their melodic, groovy death metal.
Looking to avoid the violence and gore tropes that are quite prominent in metal music, they tend to tell stories based on fictional characters, historical events, science fiction, and astrophysics. Each member adds their own flair to the songs, imprinting their distinct influences.
When they hit the stage, the audience is greeted by multiple vocalists that deliver a massive wall of layered sound, integrated sound effects, and a well-thought-out visual element. They played Canada’s prominent Armstrong Metalfest in 2016-2019 and performed alongside bands such as Kataklysm, Origin, Soulfly, and Alestorm. They are releasing their debut album “The Mountain” on March 3, 2023.
Tours and Festivals:
Armstrong Metalfest 2016-2017-2018-2019
Shared Stage with: Alestorm, Origin, Nekrogoblikon, Wake, Within Destruction, Kataklysm,Archspire, Neck of the Woods, The Kennedy Veil, Sarah Longfield,
Revocation, Beyond Creation, Dayglo Abortions, Unleash the Archers, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Soulfly, Today is the Day, Pound, West of Hell