Review from Tasty Black Metal Abominations

June 24, 2017
From: Tasty Black Metal Abominations
Published: May 17, 2017

Oh my gosh, the grandmaster of trip hop black metal is back! From all strange black metal fusions I've heard, this project is by far the best. The all-rounder Steven Le Moan has a vision and the aptitude to effectuate it. The result is a gorgeous combination of many different styles. As a preliminary point I have to declare that you should be compatible with electronic music, otherwise you don't take delight in "Ingrats". What can we expect of so called "Urban black metal"?

A bag full of wonders: The short, jazzy, piano-centric intro ("Gimme a Break") puts you in the right mood for NETRA and transports something I would describe as "Film Noir" feeling. This runs through the whole album if you ask me, really addicting. NETRA would be a perfect composer for (such) movies. The second song is my favourite one, which is mainly because "Everything's fine" is the only track with harsh, frenetic screams. It's a shame! His black metal voice sounds desperate and bloodcurdling as fuck. I definitely hope that the next release features more traditional black metal vocals, they're killer. Also the blast beats and tremolo lead guitars do wonder. If there's one song you should check out, then go for this one.

"Don't keep me waiting" feels like an interlude and has a primitive, heavy, stomping rhythm to offer. It creates the impression that you're listening to a forceful working machine. Furthermore I have to mention the smooth saxophone, which kinda reminds me of BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, well-done.
The last song ("Jusqu'au Boutiste") is a perfect finishing, it contains all strengths of NETRA, memorable melodies and a spacy synthesizer part that's stiring my blood. Phenomenal ending!

"You forgot the residual six songs!" Naaah, you have to discover them for your own. Silence is golden sometimes. However, they're very unique and stunning in their own way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
 

Review from Metal Soliloquy

June 9, 2017
From: Metal Soliloquy
Published: June 9, 2017

A few days ago I stumbled across a record label called Hypnotic Dirge Records on Bandcamp. It is a label focusing on underground experimental/atmospheric Doom and Black Metal bands. All the albums on the label are available for free download on Bandcamp (an opportunity which I used to full capacity).

One of the most interesting artists on the label is French Avantgarde Metal band/one man project netra. His music is unlike anything I’ve...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

May 27, 2017
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: May 22, 2017 

Après quatre ans de silence, Netra revient sur le devant de la scène avec son nouvel album Ingrats, sorti encore une fois (puisque on ne change pas une équipe qui gagne) via Hypnotic Dirge Records. Juste pour rappel, Netra est à la fois le nom de l’artiste et du groupe. Netra est une one-man-band fondée en 2003 par Netra qui en réalité est Steven Le Moan. Steven a beaucoup voyagé entre Quimper, Gjøvik (Norvège), l’Allemag...

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Review from Lords of Metal

May 2, 2017
From: Lords of Metal
Published: May 1, 2017

Netra returns and delivers us a third album to ponder about. On ‘Ingrats’ we see Netra further developing its niche. And I mean niche in the strictest way possible. Netra specialises in combining black metal with triphop, jazz, industrial, ambient and whatever pops up in the creators mind. Netra does have the capacities to execute this in a way that the songs feels natural. Not just a mere compilation of genres. ‘Ingrats’ feels mo...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

May 2, 2017
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: May 1, 2017
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*Italian version of the review can be found here

I've lately found myself thinking about what could possibly be doing our dear Netra: since his last "Sørbyen" stroke me quite hard, I've been curious about how the project would have evolved. At last, after a five years long silence, "Ingrats" finally brings answers to my questions.

Let's start by saying that the «mélancolie urbaine» typical of the project's music is more than ever ...

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Review from Noizz Webzine

April 25, 2017
From: Noizz Webzine
Published: April 24, 2017

Los primeros pasos de este proyecto musical llamado NETRA fueron dados por las calles de Kemper (Francia) allá por el año 2003, publicando por aquella época un par de demos, hasta que el sello canadiense Hypnotic Dirge Records tomó cartas en el asuntó y sacó a la luz el álbum debut “Mélancolie Urbaine” en 2010. Un trabajo que tomaba su inspiración de los paisajes urbanos mostrando su lado más oscuro y decadente en una comb...

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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 po...

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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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 Released: March 9 2017
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Genre: Black Metal / Electronic

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