Review from The Pit of the Damned

April 12, 2017
From: The Pit of the Damned
Published: April 10, 2017

Netra potrebbe essere il nome di un locale in cui trovare parecchie sale dove assaporare aromi esotici ed ascoltare musiche diverse. In "Gimme a Break" potrete immaginare ad esempio, di trovarvi nella lounge room del locale, con un tizio che suona il pianoforte ed un altro che abbraccia il contrabbasso, in una scena sicuramente tinta di bianco e nero. In quella sala, chi è più attento, potrà scorgere nascosta una scala che porta dritta nei meandri dell'inferno, dove la sulfurea colonna sonora è rappresentata dal black ferale di "Everything's Fine". Qui lo screaming straziante del mastermind viene smorzato da un break avanguardista anche se il ronzio delle chitarre prosegue come se uno sciame di vespe ci stesse investendo. Se vi piace la musica di Bristol di Massive Attack e Portishead, ecco che la terza sala è quella che fa per voi, per soffermarvi ad ascoltare il trip hop caldo ed onirico di "Underneath my Words, The Ruins of Yours". L'elettro dub sullo stile degli Ulver di 'Perdition City' (anche a livello vocale) lo potete ritrovare in "Live With it", una traccia imprevedibile e dall'arrembante finale EBM. Imprevedibilità, ecco il segreto del mastermind transalpino. Ci mancava la jazz room, eccomi accontentato con "Don't Keep me Waiting" dove la follia dei fiati, da li a poco, si scontrerà con ritmiche infernali nere impestate, in un tripudio di suoni apocalittici che sanciscono l'insanità di quest'imperdibile lavoro. Continuiamo a girovagare nel locale Netra ed ecco palesarsi la darkwave di "A Genuinely Benevolent Man" che nelle sue circonvoluzioni soniche, trova modo di fondere la musica trance col black in stile Burzum, con le urla disumane del factotum francese (ora trasferitosi in Norvegia) sorrette dall'elettronica. Un po' di noise a complicare il tutto di certo non guasta e anzi cade a fagiolo con la lisergica "Paris or Me". "Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve" vale una menzione quasi esclusivamente per il titolo azzeccatissimo, perché per quanto riguarda la musica, la sensazione è quella di stare ad ascoltare i Depeche Mode. Sconcertati? Io no anzi, a dir poco esaltato. Le danze si chiudono col blues jazz black funambolico e sperimentale di "Jusqu’au-boutiste", ultimo esempio di lucida follia che esalta la performance incredibile di questo fantastico artista. 'Ingrats' è un album a dir poco spettacolare, chi ha orecchie da intendere...

Rating: 90/100

 

Review from Infernal Masquerade

April 8, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade
Published: April 3, 2017 
One-man outfit Netra returns after five years to unleash the very unique “Ingrats”. Mixing Industrial/Trip-hop/jazzy elements with Black Metal, this release delivers nearly 40 minutes of exciting Avant-garde music. As with the previous Netra releases, this one will keep you at the edge of your seat always wondering what kind of surprises the songs have in store for the listener.

Opening with the mysteriously jazzy “Gimme a Br...

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Review from Ave Noctum

April 8, 2017
From: Ave Noctum 
Published: April 5, 2017 

One of the most innovative albums I have ever heard was Netra’s “Sørbyen” (2012), a bleak and atmospheric album with the unusual and effective inclusion of trip-hop. The urban street feel of that album features on the artwork of this one.

“Ingrats” is an oddball album. The short opening sequence sets the scene with its gloomy and jazzy tempo. The mood turns to violence with the harsh thrash black metal of “Everything’s Fine...

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Review from Le Mot Du Melomaniaque

March 30, 2017
From: Le Mot Du Melomaniaque
Published: March 29, 2017

Back in the 1990’s, when underground Metal was becoming a little bit more on the map we had to go to a record store, sometimes in a dark basement of a bad neighborhood to get our fix of DarkThrone, Mayhem, and Ildjarn. Now that Black Metal is as easy to get as a burger and fries at any corner many bands and one man bands have been pushing the limits of genre crossing with Folk, Shoegaze, etc.

French act Netra blends Black Meta...

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Review from Disfactory Webzine

March 28, 2017
From: Disfactory Zine
Published: March 28, 2017

Il monicker francese Netra riesce sempre a catturare la mia attenzione e ogni volta che vedo un qualcosa di nuovo non riesco a resistere e mi metto puntuale ad ascoltare. Nel suo piccolo ha imbastito, costruito una discografia di tutto rispetto, discografia che arriva oggi al terzo passo grazie a Ingrats, nuovo sfavillante e creativo lavoro su lunga distanza (accompagnato sempre dalla fedele Hypnotic Dirge Records).

La bellezza degli a...

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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 impr...

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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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 Released: March 9 2017
500 Copies
Genre: Black Metal / Electronic

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