Review by Metal Storm

January 8, 2018
From: Metal Storm
Published: January 5, 2018

New Year's Eve. A gathering with family and friends. New resolutions and hopes for tomorrow. The beautiful lights and playful party music. Reality kicks in in the form of a hangover. Maybe you're alone or you feel like your dreams will eventually succumb to your fears. Wait, no, no. You're fine. Everything is fine… Ah, fuck it.

How hard can it be to get some peace of mind? 
How bad do you want to leave this life behind?

The harrowing scream at the start of the opening song "Everything's Fine" sets the tone for the pitch-black, urban darkness we are dealing with here. This French project has had an interesting evolution from the get-go. Netra's debut was a harsh and bleak take on depressive black metal with the unique touch of trip-hop and electronica. As the sophomore album was unleashed upon us, so were Netra's flirtations with non-metal influences with a stronger hold on the trip-hop and even pop vibes while also elevating the songwriting with excellent guitar work. With Ingrats, Netra choses to go all in and presents all he has across the board.

The first two songs cover all of Netra's sound palette brilliantly. A jazzy keyboard intro followed by insane cries and desperate riffs. Eventually bluesy guitar leads take you by surprise as well as the sudden clean vocals that weirdly enough make the song even darker. Production-wise this is by far the best Netra has put out as it supports all these different sounds. From the trip-hop beats and electronic sounds to the harsh black metal riffs. Even a sax finds a streetlight to shine through and the mixing does it justice.

Ingrats is mostly an instrumental affair which actually makes it more relatable to me as it is easier to paint a mental image of a moody night out in the grey jungle. The dancing beats, the ecstasy of a great party with the sudden reality crushing down every now and then in the form of desperate riffage. Barely a third of the album holds any vocals but oh boy do they shine. The violent howls to the urban life are as top-notch as they were in Netra's debut Mélancolie Urbaine. It's in the clean department however where Netra's mastermind Steven Le Moan truly grew as a singer. "Live With It" is the song that brings the clean vocals with full force and is without a doubt one of the highlights of the project. Previously, the Ulver influences were obvious but now the vocals acquired a touching, bittersweet tone that sets it apart from Garm's voice. 

Netra's third opus is short, to the point and it covers as much ground as it needs to cover. This also makes it the most accessible work by the project and a great way to start for those who haven't discovered Netra's interpretation of the wild city life. Go grab your jacket, get out, have some drinks and spin this baby while stumbling on your long way home!

Here's to my memories! Here's to my enemies!
May you never leave me... May you keep haunting my dreams!

Rating: 8.5/10
Reviewed by: Mr. Doctor

 

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"....

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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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 Released: March 9 2017
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Genre: Black Metal / Electronic

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