Well, after Beast in Black released Berserker last month, I thought I'd heard the best album of the year. However, Nemesis, from relatively new band Defecto, gives Berserker a run for its money in my book! Nemesis is incredible. The start of the album is extremely heavy and sounds amazing, but near the end of track three, I started to tire a bit of the heavy sound and began to want a reprieve. Unlike 98% of albums that would have just continued the barrage, the guys from Defecto must have realized that the heavy sound wasn't maintainable, and they brought in a style change on the fourth track to a lighter, more straight-up metal sound without tons of instrumentation. The rest of the album continued that pattern of changing styles to avoid boredom and/or ear fatigue, but it never lost coherency. Absolutely brilliant songwriting and arranging. Especially considering the fact that this is only Defecto's second album, I'm completely blown away by the maturity level of this album. On top of the absolutely incredible job the band did arranging the album's tracks, the music itself is also amazing. The vocals on this album are so good that I wouldn't be surprised at all if Nicklas Sonne made his way into my top 10 vocalists of 2018 list. The guitar work on this album is nothing short of amazing; it has everything from heavy riffs to shredding to some almost flamenco-sounding guitar on Ode To the Damned. On top of that, the guitar tone is excellent - that was one of the first things I noticed on this album. To top everything off, the bells, synth, and orchestration on the album sound amazing. Overall, I can't believe how good this album is. Even though Defecto isn't well-known, if they this up, I think they're going to have a huge following someday. Also, Nemesis is in the running for BPMR's 2017 album of the year, which will be announced at the end of this month, so stay tuned through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BPMetalReviews/.