Nasum (pronunciation [Na:sum]) was a political Swedish band that played a mixture of grindcore and death metal. The band's name, meaning 'nose', was taken from the horror film Flesh for Frankenstein.
Nasum was formed in 1992 by Anders Jakobson (guitar) and Rickard Alriksson (drums/vocals), two former members of the goregrind band Necrony. Two weeks before their first recording they added Mieszko Talarczyk (also with Genocide Superstars) as a guitarist. The tracks they recorded at this time were later released on the split 7" with Agathocles Agathocles (band) . Early on, they were featured on a four-way split MCD with Retaliation Retaliation (band) , Clotted Symmetric ***ual Organ, and Vivisection Vivisection (band) called Grindwork after the imprint it was issued under, in 1994. Poserslaughter records released Nasum's next offering, a 15-track vinyl 12" (expanded to 18 tracks for the MCD version) called Industrislaven. Later, Blurred issued World in Turmoil (another EP-length 12" vinyl) and Nasum also contributed to Smile When Your Dead and The Black Illusions, split releases with Psycho and Abstain, respectively, before being signed to Relapse Records in 1997.
They released their first full-length album, Inhale/Exhale, as a two-member band, since Alriksson had left the band and Jakobson took over on drums. They later added a third member, Jesper Liverod, so that they could tour with both a bassist and a guitarist, and released the album Human 2.0 (Human 2.01 in Japan) in 2000. Shortly after the release of their next album, 2003's Helvete ("hell" in Swedish Swedish language ), Urban Skytt, also a member of the grindcore/goregrind band Regurgitate Regurgitate (band) , was added as a second guitarist, and Liverod departed to focus on his other band, Burst, being replaced by Jon Lindqvist, who also plays with hardcore punks Victims and the grindcore band Sayyadina Sayyadina (band) . Both Helvete and Human 2.0 showed a change in direction away from the more traditional-grindcore-oriented sound that Nasum had on Inhale/Exhale, and towards a cleaner, more technically complex sound, which expanded to include doomy Doom metal guitarsounds and occasional slow breakdowns.
All of Nasum's studio albums were recorded at Soundlab in Örebro, and by the time touring for Helvete had been completed, these albums had earned the studio (and thus Talarczyk) a reputation for excellence which led other grindcore and hardcore troupes (notably Finland's Rotten Sound) to its doors. 2004's Shift was released by the Swedish punk label Burning Heart, and in the run-up to its recording Nasum toured extensively with their new line-up. The touring continued, including a European leg to support the release of Shift in the Autumn.
In late December 2004, lead singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk was reported missing as a result of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, according to a statement by Jakobson through Nasum.com, the day after the disaster. On 17 February 2005 it was confirmed that his body was identified, and that he died as a result of the tsunami on 26 December. The band decided to break up.
The other members returned to the bands they had been playing in besides Nasum (Skytt continued work with Regurgitate Regurgitate (band) ). Anders Jakobson (the only remaining founding member), while in the process of founding death metal band Coldworker, worked on the 2CD compilation Grind Finale. This had been a work long in-progress: there was talk of Relapse issuing a compilation of Nasum's 'Swedish' 1995-1997 material as early as 2000. In the wake of the acclaim Nasum achieved via Helvete, the compilation again came up: it had a title (one which ultimately became unsuitable in the wake of Talarczyk's death), had been expanded to two CDs, and had been being sparingly worked on in-between tours and Talarcyzk's then hectic schedule at Soundlab. The album was finally released in 2006. In March 2008, Relapse Records released a live-album of one of Nasum's live shows in Osaka, Japan, called Doombringer.
* Mieszko Talarczyk - guitar/bass/vocals
* Anders Jakobsson - drums/bass/vocals
* Jon Lindqvist - bass/backing vocals
* Urban Skytt - guitar
* Rickard Alriksson - drums/vocals
* Jesper Liveröd - bass/backing vocals
* Inhale/Exhale, 1998
* Human 2.0, 2000
* Helvete Helvete (album) , 2003
* Shift Shift (album) , 2004
* Grind Finale, 2006
* Doombringer, 2008
* Grindwork — split w/ Retaliation Retaliation (band) , Clotted Symmetric ***ual Organ and Vivisection Vivisection (band) (3-inch MCD), 1994
* Industrislaven, 1995
* Blind World — split w/ Agathocles, 1993
* Smile When You're Dead — split w/ Psycho Psycho (band) , 1994
* The Black Illusions — split w/ Abstain Abstain (band) , 1996
* World in Turmoil, 1997
* Untitled bonus 7" EP that came with the Inhale/Exhale LP, 1998
* The Nasum/Warhate Campaign — split w/ Warhate, 1999
* Split w/ Asterisk Asterisk (band) , 2000
* Split w/ Skitsystem, 2002
* Domedagen, 1994
* Really Fast Vol. 9, 1993
* Regressive Hostility, 1997
* In Defence of Our Future — A Tribute to Discharge Discharge (band) (song "Visions of War"), 1997
* The Bloodbath Is Coming 2x7-inch (song "The Bloodbath Is Coming"), 1999
* Requiems of Revulsion: A Tribute to Carcass Carcass (band) (song "Tools of the Trade"), 2000
* Polar Grinder, 2001
* Grind Your Mind - A History Of Grindcore, 2008
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