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Album Review: NoMara – …And So It Begins EP

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Score: 9/10

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Coming back to the hard rock scene after a long hiatus, NoMara released their new EP …And So It Begins earlier this year. The five-track EP is just enough to whet the appetite of patient fans and ensnare the attention of new listeners.

NoMara is a band from the American Midwest, formed when vocalist Kelly Burdge and guitarist/producer John LeCompt (Even Devils Die/Evanescence/Machina) got together in the studio for fun and stumbled upon a massive and monstrous hard rock sound. Rounding out the lineup is Josh Grissom on guitar, Thad Ables on bass, and Jack Larson on drums. What started as a few songs became 12, and the band released their self-titled debut album in 2009, selling 10,000 copies. They went on to tour minimally but had the opportunity to play with Pop Evil and veteran rockers Tesla. In 2012, Burdge and LeCompt began working on new material. Fast forward a few years and now the band is anxious to share their best work yet with the world.

Diving right into fast paces and heavy riffs, the EP’s single “Sell Out” kicks off …And So It Begins. There’s some haunting vocals in this track about staying true to yourself. “Cheap Talk” is next up and while it’s more melodic than “Sell Out,” it is no less heavy and it’s inundated with the anger and frustration that comes with being lied to. I’m sure it’s no secret by now that I’m a sucker for sexy songs. “Use Your Love” delivers sexual frustration in droves, and if you don’t feel sexier (or maybe even a little dirtier) after listening to it, then I suggest listening to it again. Trying to hold on to a dying relationship is a heart-crushing experience and NoMara captures that feeling in the semi-acoustic ballad “Broken.” “Tesla” captured my attention for two reasons: one being for the band Tesla, the other being for the scientist Nikola Tesla. This tribute to 1980’s rock and roll is no less electric, so do exactly what Burdge tells you to do—crank it up to 10 and let your speakers blow.

My only complaint about this EP is that, by the time “Tesla” finished up, I kept expecting the next song to come on. However, getting your hands on the energetic …And So It Begins EP is simple. Take a journey over to the band’s Soundcloud and download it for free! Keep an eye out for NoMara’s sophomore album, which is due to be released in early 2016. While you’re waiting, you can check out their debut album on Spotify, watch NoMara’s music videos for “Sell Out,” “Tesla,” and “Cheap Talk” on YouTube, or even go see the band live as they hit the road this month.­­

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