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Nonexister “Demons” album review by Jorge Pozo


In the ever-evolving landscape of music, where genres blend and boundaries are increasingly blurred, Nonexister emerges as a beacon of innovation with their debut album, “Demons.” This Swiss ensemble, led by the dynamic duo of Marco Neeser and Nik Leuthold, and leveraging the dynamic rhythm section with Reto “Fu” Gaffuri on bass, Siro Müller providing drums and backing vocals, alongside the exceptional guitar contributions and backing vocals from Silvan Gerhard. Nonexister embarks on a sonic odyssey that deftly navigates the murky waters between electronic fervor and the raw energy of traditional instrumentation. “Demons” is not just an album; it’s a meticulously crafted journey through the human psyche, exploring themes of dystopia, love, and societal decay with an almost cinematic grandeur.

At the heart of Nonexister‘s sound is the symbiotic relationship between Neeser‘s electronic landscapes and Leuthold‘s poignant lyrical narratives. This partnership yields a soundscape that is as disorienting as it is mesmerizing, inviting listeners into a world where the future and the past collide. The album kicks off with “Your Pain Up My Veins,” a track that sets the tone for an experience that is both immersive and unsettling. Each song on the album, from the pulsating rhythms of “A Promise in the Air” to the haunting melodies of “Flying with the Crows,” serves as a chapter in a larger story, one that is deeply reflective of our current times.

The production, helmed by the legendary Tommy Vetterli, is nothing short of masterful. Vetterli‘s touch adds a layer of polish to the album, ensuring that the fusion of genres feels seamless and intentional. His experience with bands like Coroner and Kreator shines through, providing a bridge between the worlds of metal and electronic music that is both refreshing and groundbreaking.

Lyrically, “Demons” is a tour de force. Leuthold‘s words cut deep, exploring the darkness that lies within us all. The album navigates through themes of violence, political extremism, and the complexities of human relationships with a deftness that is rare for a debut. It’s a testament to Nonexister‘s ability to not only create compelling music but to tell stories that resonate on a deeply personal level.

Visually, the band complements their sonic offerings with striking music videos and artwork that encapsulate the essence of their music. The video for “A Promise in the Air,” directed by Natasha Vavrina, is a particular standout, using dance as a medium to explore the tumultuous nature of impossible love. It’s a bold choice that pays off, adding another layer to the band’s already rich narrative.

Demons” is a remarkable debut that announces Nonexister as a formidable force in the music world. It’s an album that demands attention, not just for its musical innovation but for the depth of its emotional and intellectual engagement. With a perfect blend of electronic and traditional sounds, masterful production, and thought-provoking lyrics, “Demons” is a journey worth taking. It’s a rare gem that gets better with each listen, revealing new layers and nuances that guarantee its inclusion in this writer’s top 10 list of the year. I rate it a solid 9 out of 10, for its bold experimentation, cohesive narrative, and its ability to leave a lasting impression on the listener. Nonexister has set the bar high, not just for themselves, but for their peers in the genre.

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1 Your Pain Up My Veins 5:06
2 Drowning In The Void 4:32
3 How Do You Dare 2:58
4 A Promise In The Air 6:17
5 Where Does Your Mind Go 3:59
6 Kater 3:43
7 Storm 3:58
8 Head In A Hole 5:23
9 What A Lie 2:40
10 Flying With The Crows 5:47
11 2048 3:48


Marco Neeser [electronics, songwriting, production]
Nik Leuthold [vocals, songwriting, production]
Reto “Fu” Gaffuri [bass]
Siro Müller [drums, backing vocals]
Silvan Gerhard [guitar, backing vocals]


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