I really don’t know if the three members of The Dirty Nil are aware of the word “subtle.” From the off, it seems as if the band is on a mission to throw down a bunch of riffs that are powerful enough to feel like one has taken a hit in the head from Thor’s Hammer. However, there are moments when proceedings become more restrained, with the vocals losing the sense of someone being tortured in front of the microphone as the guitar adds more intricate work, weaving a bit of texture into the album. The more abrasive material reminds me a lot of another Canadian band Single Mothers, as well as occasionally making me think of Nirvana, primarily due to similarities to Kurt Cobain. Higher Power is a strong debut album and builds on the promise of their recent single on Fat Wreck.
–Rich Cocksedge (Dine Alone, dinealonerecords.com)