Review from Crown of Viserys

March 25, 2017
From: Crown of Viserys
Published: March 23, 2017

It’s been four and a half, five years since Netra released Sørbyen, seven years since Mélancolie Urbaine, and in some ways nothing has changed. Netra is still one man, playing a strange mixture of black metal, trip-hop, ambient, and a few other things. In some ways everything has changed.

Nothing ever felt forced with the first two albums, but on Ingrats everything feels like it belongs together even more. The songwriting has improved, and not even drastically. It’s been given just enough of a boost that all aspects that make Netra such a unique band are given their times to shine. For example, the pure DSBM moments of “Everything’s Fine”; the 80’s goth and 90’s EDM of “Live With It”; the saxophone on “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”; the beautiful ambient keyboards layered over fast double-kicks on “Paris or Me”; the list goes on.

Therein lies the beauty of what Netra is for me. It’s the controlled chaos of depressive black metal reined in with the steadiness of trip-hop and EBM. It’s slow and dark, truly melancholic and morose. It’s like slashing your wrists in a 4/4 beat. And it leaves such beautiful wounds upon your heart. Ingrats is a real masterpiece of black metal, for fans of the genre that like to watch it progress and further itself while still being true to what makes it black metal.

Reviewed by: Dustin Ekman
 

Review from Han Sathanas

March 25, 2017
From: Han Sathanas
Published: March 20, 2017

Listening to this album for the first time is truly a rewarding experience. This may not be the first time that a black metal band injects electronic element into the music. Many have tried but failed miserably. Not to mention that the very idea of blending the two together is a lot less appealing to the purist crowd. Although this is not my first ever exposure to Netra, I can say that I am still pretty much surprised upon listening to I...

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Review from The Headbanging Moose

March 18, 2017
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: March 18, 2017

The perfect soundtrack for late-night walks in the city, combining several different music genres into a coherent stream of melancholy, might be right in front of your eyes thanks to this exquisite Urban Black Metal one-man project.
Conveying images of a grey, boring and anxiogenic city life, Urban Black Metal one-man project netra is back with its third full-length album, titled Ingrats (which is French for “ungrateful”), th...

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Review from Heavy Blog is Heavy

March 16, 2017
From: Heavy Blog is Heavy
Published: March 14, 2017

From Ingrats’ opening jazzy piano and drum duo on “Gimme a break,” it’s apparent that one-man experimental black metal project netra is taking on the genre from a more sophisticated headspace than the torch-bearing, forest-wandering forefathers of the genre. It’s easy to connect the dots to more progressive-leaning artists like Ulver or Altar of Plagues, and to a lesser degree, Norway’s Shining, but those comparisons f...

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Review from Sic Maggot - Second view

March 12, 2017
From: Sic Maggot Webzine
Pubished: March 11, 2017

Druhý pohled (Zajus):

Existuje jen málo umělců, jejichž oznámení nového počinu by mě dokázalo zvednou ze židle, ale po zjištění, že Netra plánuje nástupce „Sørbyen“ jsem radostí doslova vyskočil. Tenhle chlapík se objevil zničehonic a přinesl s sebou zcela unikátní styl na desce, která se místy (a nepřeháním) blížilo dokonalosti. Netra jednoduše dosud neudělal krok vedle a od „Ingrats“ jsem ...

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Review from Sic Maggot

March 12, 2017
From: Sic Maggot Webzine
Pubished: March 11, 2017

Jen stěží lze tuhle recenzi začít jinak než vzpomínkou na „Sørbyen“. Když se mi album dostalo do ruky, byla pro mě Netra ještě neznámým projektem, ale to se záhy změnilo. V nahrávce, od níž jsem nic zvláštního nečekal, jsem našel perlu, která bez váhání míchala špinavý black metal, trip-hop, darkwave a náznaky jazzu do unikátního celku s omamnou atmosférou a obrovským skladatelským levelem. T...

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Review from The Biola University Chimes

March 9, 2017
From: The Biola University Chimes
Published: February 27, 2017 

Norway’s Netra captures the monotonous dreariness of city life, giving a completely new twist on multiple genres. Favoring interesting arrangements over riding on the novelty of its approach makes “Ingrates” the project’s most consistent record to date.

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Consisting of French musician Steven Le Moan, Netra uses depressive black metal as a springboard into various shades of dark ambient, darkwav...

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Review from Metal Trenches

March 9, 2017
From: Metal Trenches
Published: March 6, 2017 

What I Like: I almost passed this one over originally, as I was not a fan of the band's opening single "Everything's Fine."  This was a lesson in not being too hasty, because this track does little to indicate what to expect from Ingrats as a whole.  While this opener provides a relatively traditional approach to noisy, atmospheric black metal; the majority of these tracks tread much more heavily into the industrial and drone genres.  ...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

March 1, 2017
From: Dead Rheteric 
Published: February 28, 2017

Add to the classification scheme that of “urban black metal.” The French one man black metal project netra has been engaging in this category for two previous full-length albums, and Ingrats marks the third collaboration with the eccentric label Hypnotic Dirge (seemingly a perfect fit for this act). While in describing netra’s sound, the kitchen sink analogy works but what’s stranger is how well it all sits together in the f...

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Review from Occult Black Metal Zine

February 13, 2017
From: Occult Black Metal Zine
Published: February 10, 2017

Netra  are  a  band  originally from  France  but  now  re-located  to  Norway  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  trip  hop  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ingrats"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

 Trip  hop  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  that  add  in  a  touch  of  jazz  and  after  the  intro  the  m...

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