Long Island sludge metal masters Borgo Pass return with a fist-pumping, take no shit 11-track release that from the opening riff of “Wrong Man” takes you on a white knuckle ride into the viscous backwoods of hard rock. Armed with a wall of sound that tears through your speakers with gale-winded force, tracks like “Dead Summer” gives COC and Crowbar a run for their money, while “Last to Know” tread the same roads where Down and Black Label Society pick up their alcohol and firearms. Heavy hooks, startling guitar work, and flawless rhythms allow songs like “14 Days That Killed Me Slow” to grab you by the throat and thrash you around like a rag doll, while the whiskey soaked vocals on tracks like “Acedown” and the eerie Vietnam-inspired “American Horror Story” showcase a versatile lead vocalist who can throw down with the best of them. NERVOSA is the perfect blend of Pantera’s crushing dominance, Down’s groovy musings, and Black Sabbath’s metallic melodies, and finds Borgo Pass in fine form as usual.
- Mike SOS

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