2017 seems to keep bringing these weird, different black metal releases. Here we have Netra, a one man band that mixes black metal with things like darkwave and triphop. I’m starting to think you can add black metal to any genre now tbh, but this again seems to work out just fine.
The reason behind this is the fact he takes these mainly dark urban genres, and makes them even darker by adding these black metal influences. The result is an album that sounds distinctively modern, even futuristic. It evokes images of rainy nights wandering in large cities, with an invisible threat ready to strike at any time. This mainly is because the music is so unpredictable aswell. One minute you’re listening to a full on black metal assault, the next there’s an industrial beat with dark synths gliding over them. These surprises make sure you keep listening attentively, since you’re dying to know what happens next.
That being said, it goes without saying this is not an easy album. You don’t put this on for some easy dining with the missus. There’s so much going on, and it’s hard to find a glimpse of light anywhere, its heavy darkness dragging you down all the way. So I can understand this is not everyone’s cup of tea. I actually think this would work really well as a soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi film, so if there’s any aspiring director’s reading this, this guy can definitely hook you up.
My favourite track is A Genuinely Benovelent Man. Those weird 80’s synths on top of the black metal work so well, and then it goes to this harsh unforgiving place. Since the album isn’t released yet this track is not on youtube, so go check it out the 9th of March if you want a preview of this bands force.
Another weird and great black metal release this year. It’s certainly different, and not everyone will like this, but I recommend everyone to check it out, since it’s hard to find a comparison with any other contemporaries.