It stood to reason that respected vocalist Johan Liiva would
find a new home after his departure from
and that's what we have here.
Nonexist paired two musicians from different ends of the metal
spectrum, that being Liiva and guitarist Johan Reinholdz of
with well-travelled drummer Matte Modin rounding out the trio.
The resulting debut album, Deus Deceptor
, isn't too far removed
from Arch Enemy, but it certainly isn't prog metal a la Andromeda.
Crunchy, deathy Swedish thrash is the order of the day here, with
Liiva's vocals in fine form and Reinholdz furthering his reputation
as a standout guitarist.
He sounds as at home here, playing ferocious crunchy thrash, as
he does with the more relaxed pace of his other band, though
occasionally he works some melodic leads into a few tracks.
Not quite a groundbreaking album, but a more than competent debut,
and with this amount of talent in the band, they could have gone
However, both Liiva and Modin left the band in 2003, and with
Reinholdz undoubtably busy with his other projects, Nonexist
is probably done.
Lords Of Metal
- The Devil Incarnate
- Eaten Alive
- A Halo Askew
- Ebony Tower
- Delirious Tongues
- Idols And Fiends
- Divided We Fall
- Johan Liiva
- Johan Reinholdz
- Matte Modin