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Nadja : Touched

Nadja is the solo project of the Canadian musician Aidan Baker. Later releases have been described as Dronedoom meets Ambient, but this first release is a bit different from that.

The four songs on this album are certainly doom metal. 'Mutagen' immediately starts out with a plodding drum tempo with heavy guitars over it, all coated in a thick layer of ambient and industrial sounds. The other songs are comparable to this one and feature distorted whispering, faded riffs and drums and other weird experimentation.

Through these things, Baker is able to create a special sound for his music and the general feel of the album is more relaxing than depressing, as one might expect from a doom band. In that respect, it is a bit like some older ambient Until Death Overtakes Me tracks, but a bit less of the ambient part, as the guitars and drums are present throughout.

Although the atmosphere is quite mellow, I can't help but make the comparison with Esoteric's 'Metamorphogenesis'. To be honest, Nadja's style on this release is a great deal like it, to the point that to me it doesn’t sound entirely original anymore. Besides that, the songs are all built around one riff, whereas Esoteric's songs have a lot more variation, and as such listening to this release is a lot less exciting and spine chilling than the experience of listening to aforementioned band.

Don't get me wrong, this release is well executed, and can be very interesting to those who favour this particular style, but I do hope that other Nadja releases lean a bit less on the work of Esoteric.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Mutagen
2. Stays Demons
3. Incubation/Metamorphosis
4. Flowers Of Flesh

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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