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Nòtt - Nòtt (2018) - Review

Band: Nòtt
Album title: Nòtt
Release date: 17 January 2018
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. White. Cold. Death.
02. Nothing
03. Worthless
04. Sol
05. Rosa Mystica


To those who follow our website, more properly my reviews have heard of the talented band from Minnesota (USA) Amiensus. Surprisingly, the frontman of Amiensus, James Benson (also in Adora Vivos and Fail To Decay), started a solo project named Nòtt. In this project, "fresh out of the oven", the mixture between a bleak atmosphere and elements characteristic from the progressive black metal are distinguished. Nòtt's debut album was released on the 17th of this month and is covered in melancholy frozen to the bones, you can feel a deadly and terrifying presence in each track of this self-titled work. The album is adorned by Matt Palmer Media.

A fierce, demonic, powerful, and very heavy material. Thanks to James for his deep bass and Alex Snape from Nomadic Arts and his Herculean drum bursts, the tracks have a rather strange melody and sometimes seem to light up, but then it falls again into a dreadful desolation and James' vocals don’t stop to panic. Nòtt contains five tracks of pure atmospheric black metal madness, many killer riffs and it's excellently performed. The first track, "White. Cold. Death" shows already what you’ll find in the other tracks. Their multifaceted textures are built on a black metal foundation that slips sometimes into atmospheric progressive post metal style. Firing blast beats, relentless riffings and tempos working in a linear way and the choral in the last track "Rosa Mystica" are very pleasant to hear.
 
If I compare Nòtt with Amiensus, I would say that this material is more intense, but it is expected to be similar. In the last album of Amiensus, All Paths Leads To Death the atmosphere is more romanticized, more melodic and with more passionate riffs, already in this work as I said, the weight of the desolation of hell reigns supreme. It's an engaging and dynamic album and it haunts the mind after it's over and talking about ending. But I wonder why James considers this release as an album, it has a running time only around 24 minutes, the tracks could be longer or at least this album could have more tracks or at very last just being an EP. In the end I can say that Nòtt's debut is a very good album but unfortunately very short so to speak.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Born For Bliss
Album title: Falling Back To Never
Release date: 16 October 2015
Label: Echozone

Born For Bliss is finally back with an album that's by all means a proper masterpiece, Falling Back To Never, which takes with such an ease the listener into a magical world that can be rarely witnessed. Falling Back To Never is like a story told in twelve chapters and as the opener "Innocent" is repetitively saying, "tell me your story, tell me you're innocent...", you know in an instant what will be about lyricaly wise. If the opening song can be counted like a rather hypnotic and psychedelic, yet very multidimensional introduction into Falling Back To Never, the real drama and whole new world opens up with "This Narrow Place". The sound on the album is somehow complex, constantly divided between the emotional, gentle, atmospheric new wave sound, and the one a bit more hypnotic, but still there's not a single second on it where it loses its extraordinary pathos. The vocal job is simply breathtaking, it's difficult to explain what kind of a power, passion and emotion is poured into it, let it be when Frank sings alone or in a duet with Lori, one of the finest examples of such a duet must be the driving "Better Than Me". The overall very atmospheric sound is often enriched with use of various electronics, synths, piano touches and much more other well thought insertions. The one who takes this sonic journey must be satisfied in the end, because albums like it's Falling Back To Never are rarely released these days. A masterpiece!

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