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Nevertanezra : NTNR

Nevertanezra somehow prove that in the absence of originality, there is still enjoyment to be found.

I was recently reading some comments some guys made about the review of the first album of a new Trad Doom act; the opinions were very divergent, the major bottleneck being about the concept of originality: some were dismissing the band because of the lack thereof, because of what they considered as generic and derivative. This is of course an old debate and after all, it is a very artificial one as originality doesnít exist. What you can see and acknowledge is evolution, new branches to the tree, new directions, new ideas complementing older ones.

This nourished my thoughts about US Nevertanezra and their new album I had to review. I want to say right away that I never review an album because I've been forced to. I speak of what I really like. And I really like Nevertanezra. But you have to admit that in the absence of originality there is still a lot of enjoyment to be found. Nevertanezra remind me a lot of their fellow countrymen Fall of Empyrean because of the balance they achieve: everything is in place, all flows so fluently, the structures are so obviously thought out to maintain interest that you almost sense the fear of letting the story become dry and dull, the fear of getting boring. And if I wanted to be really picky, Iíd say that this very fear has deprived their music of the oxygen it would have needed to really take off. They remind me of a lot of other enjoyable but not outstanding bands like Syrach, Decayor, Frailty, Insanity Reigns Supreme and stuff like that where Doom goes mid-tempo, a bit on the fence. Thatís the opinion of a guy Ėme- who loves crushing obscurities, oppressive downward spirals, howling sickness and all those fragile and unbalanced extremities of the human mind.

But letís talk about what is really going on here: Nevertanezra have a very smart sense of turns and hooks; those bright songwriting abilities would fall flat if they werenít sustained by excellent playing skills. The bandís members know how to modulate the sound of their instruments, going from massive onslaughts to movements where mellow bass, genle guitar chords an sporadic drumming weave a delicate atmosphere. The growls are good too, a bit in Paul Kuhrís vein of singing: they stay intelligible, which is nice. Everything is good overall, but you neither feel overwhelmed nor torn apart; itís Doom Death alright, but a bit like a first stop before plunging further into the night; like a first exposure to the cold emanations of what lies beyond. A bit too sober, a bit too nice, like an old friend whom you love very much but who can't stand alcohol, is shy with girls and tends to hit the hay way before the night is even there. Not someone you have big fun with. Expertly crafted with a sense of precision that has decided to ignore the mists from where something unappealing and therfore fascinating could come. I suggest that you should form your own opinion, this album is certainly worth a listen... or several.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Solace
2. 2. In the Face of Despair
3. 3. Separation Anxiety
4. 4. The Fading
5. 5. To Suffocate

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-02-10 by Bertrand Marchal
Forever Autumn
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