After 25 years of professional drumming performing with bands like Salem, Infected Mushroom, Tomorrow’s Rain and the Gevald Brothers, Nir Nakav has some notable experience in the music industry. However, it’s not just about drumming for Nir Nakav; recently, his music has been more of a catharsis than merely hitting some drums. Two years ago, Nakav split with his wife of 21 years – something he did not take well. ‘Hostis Humanis Generis’ is his therapy.
“Two years ago, disaster struck and my wife of 21 years decided to terminate our marriage. I did not see it coming. I did not take it well. Once the suicidal haze cleared I dedicated my life to our two beautiful boys and to making music. This album saved my life.” – Nir Nakav on The Nir-Death Experiment
As part of his album The Nir-Death Experiment, Nakav showcases his versatility with several versions of ‘Hostis Humani Generis’ (including a live instrumental version). Influenced by iconic artists such as Steve Di Giorgio, James Murphy, Noa Gruman and Meshuggah’s ex-bassist Gustaf Hielm, ‘Hostis Humani Generis’ has a strong death metal sound embracing the powerful instrumentation of the genre. Pounding drums, dynamic bass and an outstanding guitar solo mid-way through the track makes ‘Hostis Humani Generis’ a well-produced, expertly arranged and beautifully textured track.
Of course, a song is not merely melody but also requires decent lyricism to represent the track’s concept. While the lyrics are moving, it is Nir Nakav’s throaty, harsh screams that enhance the desperation and pain in ‘Hostis Humani Generis’. I have always found that metal music has its own way of stirring deep emotions in a listener, and ‘Hostis Humani Generis’ is no different. With power, honesty and insane solos, Nir Nakav reaches into your soul with this track ensnaring your senses and bewitching your mind.