Review from The Pit of the Damned

Posted by Nick Skog on Sunday, December 2, 2012 Under: Album reviews
From: The Pit of the Damned
Published: December 2, 2012
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*Google translation of Italian review

To many of you the name Netra not say anything, to me it says a lot, and for that fact I was waiting at the gate with their second effort, always Hypnotic Dirge Records license plate. The one band French band returns with an impressive work of 70 minutes, there and then left me quite puzzled, for its content. To be honest at first, maybe the second, but also the third listen, I was disappointed by the performance of new Netra monsieur, do you want to sound too cold that does not stand the heat just a release of this kind should issue, you even for a guitar sound a bit 'too linear. At the fourth hearing, however, is something extraordinarily changed in my head, and the piano that opens "A Dance with the Asphalt" began to threaten my moral fiber and cause me to reconsider the vote of this amazing "Sørbyen." "Mélancolie Urbaine" is now a distant memory, set it aside, "Sørbyen" is a continuous emotional jolt from the delicate opening of the opening track, which soon will result in a black ride (Burzum style) with lots of screaming belluine is move to the next psychedelic "Crawling", which seems to come from a rather recent Muse album. Yes, here I imagine that it had already disoriented, and not just because it is the same feeling that he left me. Clean vocals on a synth and drums, before a guitar acrobatic take over and induce my goose bumps to rise up two fingers. Too bad for this damn mellow production, which lacks much of cleanliness in the sounds. Not bad, I can defer, meanwhile the almost catacombs and instrumental title track and the impression is that you have already heard three songs from as many bands that come from different views. Funny is not it? Even more so when a killer riff opens, accompanying the gorgeous gait of a mad drumming, the fourth track, "A Kill for a Hug", which regularly develops in the most unexpected possible, going for a minute to explore the territories trip-hop the previous work, then go wild in a fiery swirl evocative sounds, lights, colors and thoughts that make me finally realize. Here they are the real Netra, the ones I have greatly enjoyed two years ago and then wonder why in the grooves of this record we can come across in the Norwegian black metal style, or an electro sound, that scare me silly in front of the "thump thump thump "tribal trip-hop or delusional revolutions psychedelic pink floydiana memory (" Emlazh "), epic scenery snow (" Streetlamp Obsession "), song instrumental, jazz ramblings of matrix, true pop dance song or lullaby? Do not be stupid even if next to the piercing screams of the mastermind Alps on a romantic / sad / drum 'n bass, you can find soft vocals, recited or cleaned, placed perhaps on epic gallops or drapes suicial depressive black metal. Again, these are the Netra and will soon make intimate listening, you may discover new forms of music that you thought could not exist, or may even unfolding the gates of heaven ... or hell. 

Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Francesco Scarci 

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Tags: netra sørbyen sorbyen atmospheric experimental black metal trip-hop alternative manes burzum hooverphonic 

                       NETRA - SØRBYEN 

Released: September 29, 2012
1000 Copies
Alternative Black Metal/Trip-hop