Up until now, any mention of an impending Nigredo record seemed to be mere conjecture—there were hints and innuendos, but never anything truly definitive. But here at last we have finally have some hard evidence in the form of the first available track from the album, “Last of Our Kind.” And while it’s not the first time we’ve heard the song before—we posted a live video of the band performing this very track back in April—it is our initial opportunity to hear how the band’s dense and atmospheric post-rock will translate in the recording studio (to put it simply: it sounds glorious).
As an introduction to the band there’s likely no better start than this; the song runs the gamut from cerebral, groove-centered alt-rock a la A Perfect Circle to the primordial sludge metal that Georgia, and in particular Savannah and Atlanta, is increasingly becoming famous for. All of it is encased in the band’s dynamic post-rock approach—a style the band has become masterful at manipulating—with a flurry of tempo changes and tension-building/dissolving ebbs and flows. It’s melodic enough to worm its way into your ear, and heavy enough to cave in your skull.
There’s been no word yet on album details, but already this is a defining effort, one that clearly places Nigredo among the city’s elite artists, regardless of genre. Mark this one under mandatory listening.