The Great Dismal

Nothing - The Great Dismal
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Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #390 / 861
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Based on 262 ratings
2020 Ratings: #314
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Nothing's newest album The Great Dismal is so loud, it will certainly make up for all the concerts you haven't gone to this year.

Under The Radar
2020 just got louder and became all the better for it.

By adding back the metal and amping up the melodies, the result is an assured and powerful album that delivers on the promise of the group's debut without copying it.


Haunting, visceral, and often beautiful 'The Great Dismal' is a record well worth checking out.

On a record that outwardly calls for the end of us, there’s plenty to live for, even if it’s simply the subtle beauty of Nothing.

After a big lineup change, Philadelphia metal-gazers Nothing play to their strengths on their fourth album, The Great Dismal.

Beats Per Minute

The path to a classic shoegaze album is a tough hill to climb, but with their fourth record The Great Dismal, Nothing inch closer to that possibility.

The Line of Best Fit

The Great Dismal, which is by some measure their most succinct, streamlined effort yet, comes at an ideal time for shoegaze fans – enforced isolation seems made for music like this.

On their fourth record, Dominick Palermo leads his dream-pop shoegaze band in a claustrophobic album about his upbringing, and how his music career has brought hope and horror in equal measure.
The Philadelphia band's epic fifth record boasts moments of overwhelming power, but sometimes gets bogged down beneath its own colossal weight.

Just what 2020 needed – NOTHING’s misery soaked shoegaze, inspired by staring at a photo of a black hole.


With formidable releases such as Tired of Tomorrow, and especially Guilty of Everything, Nothing has crafted a high place for themselves as a respectable shoegaze band. Their 2018 album Dance on the Blacktop began to show some cracks in the band's formula, but was an overall decent release. However, The Great Dismal marks a different direction for Nothing, after losing bassist Nick Bassett following a series of transphobic tweets from sister band Whirr, and the unexplained departure of member ... read more


Shoegaze is a passion of mine and like Hum’s surprise release of Inlet this album steps up it’s fusion of heavy/ambience. 2018’s ‘Dance On The Blacktop’ sounded thinner, here we find pounding drums and jammy breaks completing a full and punchy sound that shimmers and drones without losing any of it’s melodic integrity sharply demonstrated on ‘April Ha Ha’.

‘A Fabricated Life’ is a peaceful and resigned opener followed by the ... read more


The Great Dismal by modern shoegaze titans Nothing feels like a refreshing dive into the cool waters of some god-forgotten lake. Amazing proof that shoegaze is not only alive but well.

Highlight: Say Less


On their fourth album, Philadelphia heavy shoegaze act Nothing continue to build and widen their sound resulting in what is arguably their best album yet. The title The Great Dismal certainly reflects the mood of 2020, and opening the album with a slow-burning ballad that sounds like it could have been an album closer is both fitting and risk taking. The Great Dismal soon explodes into one of the band’s greatest and most varied songs ever, ‘Say Less’, adding in MBV style ... read more


i don’t wanna skip any of the songs but there’s nothing too special about them either


One of the best modern shoegaze records, the production is a HUGE step up from the album before it (and from any other album they've ever made). The reverb on the guitars sound ambient but still have clarity, the drums sound huge, and the basss with the fuzzy guitars creates a huge wall of sound better than Nothing ever has before. Every song on this album is unique, memorable, and placed well within the album. I think the album loses a little bit of steam on the last 2 tracks, both of them ... read more

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Track List

  1. A Fabricated Life
  2. Say Less
  3. April Ha Ha
  4. Catch a Fade
  5. Famine Asylum
  6. Bernie Sanders
  7. In Blueberry Memories
  8. Blue Mecca
  9. Just a Story
  10. Ask the Rust
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Added on: September 11, 2020