Formed in early 2006, doom metal band Nomad Son brings together the creative forces of Jordan Cutajar (vox), Chris Grech (guitars), Julian Grech (keyboards), Edward Magri (drums) (all members of Frenzy Mono – one of Malta’s most prolific heavy rock bands), and Albert Bell, a veteran of the Maltese metal scene and bassist with Forsaken (now established at the forefront of the European doom scene) since 1991. The inception of the band owes much to Temple Studios owner and producer David Vella. While Frenzy Mono were recording their debut album Unorthodox, David deciphered another, darker and meaner dimension to the band which could be nurtured to develop into a doom metal oriented project, distinct from the traditional rock edge of the guys’ musical endeavours to date.
One phone call away, Albert responded to David Vella and Frenzy Mono’s invitation to team up for a studio recorded jam, which resulted into two molten, raw, hammond-driven doom laden tracks in one afternoon session!! Enthused by the result of this session, the strong vibe that each of the guys felt during their jams, and moreover, mutual respect for each member’s creative abilities, the guys continued to rehearse and build their repertoire in between meeting their commitments with their main bands. What had simply started as a studio jam/project – Nomad Son – has now developed into a fully-fledged doom band with a characteristic sound drawing influence from the trailblazing sounds of Black Sabbath and other 70s classic bands, 80s heavy metal and milestone doom acts such as Candlemass, Pentagram and Trouble!
The band’s debut album “First Light” was released to widespread acclaim both locally and internationally in July 2008 on Italy’s reputable independent metal label – Metal on Metal Records and was launched locally at the Poxx Bar, Paceville on Saturday 19th July,2008. Apart from encouraging sales worldwide, the international metal press’ reaction superseded expectations, with the album described as a ground-breaking effort in doom metal circles by leading metal web and printed zines, including Metal Hammer (Germany), HMP (Poland), Rock Hard (Germany), Heavy Mag (Germany). Various tracks from the album also appeared in a number of compilations featuring metal bands worldwide.
A limited vinyl edition of the album was released co-jointly by Metal on Metal and France’s leading vinyl-oriented metal label, Emanes Records in July 2009. The band embarked on a mini European tour titled “The Light of Doom” tour in the same month to commemorate the vinyl edition’s release. The tour saw Nomad Son hitting various cities throughout Germany and the Netherlands and also included an appearance at the highly-acclaimed Headbangers Open Air warm-up show in Itzehoe, Germany. This series of foreign gigs continued to consolidate Nomad Son’s reputation as a solid, non-comprising live act as also evidenced by several local gigs since their inception. The band’s unrelenting efforts since their inception were recognized at the 2009 Malta Music Awards held in November 2009 at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali where the band were nominated for best album, best heavy metal band and best album artwork. Following the second edition of the Malta Doom Metal Assault in February 2010, in April this year Nomad Son featured at the seventh edition of the reputable Doom Shall Rise festival in Goppingen, Germany.
The band’s performance at DSR was very positively received by those present and continued to highlight Nomad Son’s ability to mesmerize live audience with their ferocious brand of heavy doom metal. The band’s second and much awaited album “The Eternal Return” was released in July 2010 with the album being described as more than a worthy successor to “First Light” by fans and press alike. The band headlined the Pax Julia Metal Fest II in Beja in October 2010 to support the album and played several local gigs including headlining the first night of the reputed Malta Doom Metal Festival in Rabat in November 2010. A week after their gig at MDM Nomad Son won the Best Heavy Metal Band and Best International Achievement awards at the 2010 Malta Music Awards