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”. Everything sounds far from fine, judging by the screams. Menacing and distorted interludes, marked by deep piano sounds and a buzzing sounding as if a squadron of aeroplanes or bees is buzzing overhead, shout horror. “How hard can it be to get some peace of mind” sings a stricken voice, suggesting mental torment. The black metal supplies further suffocation. Then the melancholic keyboard, the steady trickle of trip hop and strange, unidentifiable sounds reinforce the gloomy air of torment. “Underneath My Words, the Ruin is Yours” is unimaginably bleak and grey. This album delves further and further into gloom and rainy, soulless city streets. The “songs” are short and different, but each presents a picture of hopelessness. “Live With It” is a classic song, an innovation in this strange world we are experiencing. As ever it is downtrodden. Then it is taken over by an electro-trance beat. The haunting whistle is sad and mysterious. It’s a grotesque, gloomy and shady world.

Now we hear the pouring rain. The pianist plays a sad tune. 46 seconds of “Infinite Boredom” covers the grey existence, which this album portrays. A fuzzy funeral march begins. Progress is slow and steady. It’s like a heartbeat but deliberately without a soul. As if this isn’t dark and depressing enough, a melancholic-sounding trumpet weighs in to this fearsome musical canvas. There’s a distinct black metalness about “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”. The drums trigger as if there’s a lack of control. But there is control, plenty of it, as this scene conjures up images of grey deserted streets, glistening only from recently fallen rain. The mood shifts as an electronic vibe strikes up. “A Genuinely Benevolent Man” has the air of a film soundtrack about it, but as ever it is full of melancholy before the atmosphere turns to one of violence, decay and hollowness. Musically it’s creative, with the picture developing in spite of the bleak façade. The electronic pattern continues but now it’s utterly sinister and menacing. “Paris or Me” conveys the threat but for once does not play with the mind. By contrast “Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve” starts suggestively, still wrapped in electronic waves but now with a nihilistic and regretful lyrical line. After the dark prognosis, both musical and lyrical presentations develop. This one is unusual in that it is more personal than most. I’m not so sure that fitted in so well. Personal touches don’t go with these soundscapes. What strikes me in general about Netra’s music is the impersonality. There are voices and spoken words on “Jusqu’au Boutiste” which follows but the person seems to be speaking to themselves as if we, the listener, is not involved, and in any case the black metal, solitary piano and symphonic piece, supported by the evocative monotony of the trip-hop, capture the sense of gloomy isolation. Violent black metal and electronic pulses combine to bring this non-conformist album to a close.
This isn’t an album of songs. It’s more a series of movements and passages. It is disjointed and without discernible flow, yet there is a consistency in the grey scenes of urban life, cold, rainy days and decay, which these passages depict. I wouldn’t have thought it possible that such bleakness could spark my imagination, but perhaps not as vividly as “Sørbyen” before it, “Ingrats” still painted nightmarish pictures impressively and implanted itself darkly in my head.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Andrew Doherty

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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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.


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