Novembre
The Blue


4.5
superb

Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
December 18th, 2007 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: one of the best metal record of 2007...

Novembre – The Blue
Peaceville Records

Lineup:
Carmelo Orlando - guitars, vocals
Giuseppe Orlando - drums
Massimiliano Pagliuso - guitars
Luca Giovagnoli - Bass

Tracklist:
1. Anaemia - 04:34
2. Triesteitaliana - 04:53
3. Cobalt of March - 06:01
4. Bluecracy - 06:06
5. Architheme - 04:51
6. Nascence - 04:33
7. Iridescence - 05:12
8. Sound Odyssey - 05:31
9. Cantus Christi - 06:46
10. Zenith - 07:09
11. Argentic - 05:27
12. Deorbit - 06:24

Novembre is a one of a kind band. The band sounds includes roots from Goth metal, death metal, melodic metal, progressive, Black Metal, doom metal and even folk. Mix all of these kinds of music with an awesome sound production and you’ll get Novembre. The band also used to write some lyrics in Italian, their first born language. The music will get you through different kind of feelings from anger to sadness and even melancholy.

What was good about the album...

The good thing about this album is that Novembre have not decided to do a step back after Materia. They went a bit mellower on their last record so they said that they will come back with a more metal product. Hopefully the band returned with some of their key elements that were put aside on Materia. The Harsh vocals are back and share about the half of the vocals with the clean ones. Solos were also a put aside element on Materia. They decided to do more solos but this time they tried to do it differently. The solo part of ‘’ Triesteitaliana’’ is very chaotic and out of nowhere. Those unpredictable elements are what make music so fun to listen to. ‘’Bluecracy’’ and ‘’Deorbit’’ features some arpeggios stuff which sound pretty good with the music. ''Zenith'' is also a intrumental piece with some nice lead and acoustic playing.

Hopefully the band had kept the sound production of Materia which is awesome. The band style is really atmospheric and dark. Tons of guitars are layered. Most of the time, you’ll get a rhythm distorted guitar, a lead part, an acoustic guitar and some voicing at the same time. Add to that a nice tone with delay, chorus and some flange. The result is pretty cool. The drum sound is also pretty good. It’s really loud and clear. The drums are one of the things that always surprise me when I listen to this band. He’s not the craziest drummer in the world but what he plays is just perfect. The regular metal stuff like double bass, blast beat and fast fills are there but there’s also groove. His drumming is very progressive. The songs are evolving from the drumming.

A nice add-on to this record is the female vocals on Nascence. Those little elements keep you interested in the music. The main voice is pretty unique and nasal. I mean, you love it or not. It’s easy to say that English is not his main language because he has a big accent.

What was bad about the album...

One of my biggest deceptions is that there is no Italian singing part. The band used to add Italian in the lyrics which is a good thing in my opinion. This used to be a nice exotic feature in the music. The only big negative thing for me is that some songs could have been removed. The album seems to be a bit too long. Some songs are not essential in this record. ‘’Iridescence’’, ‘’Cantus Christi’’ and ‘’Sound Odyssey’’ are the three songs that I would have removed from the record. 12 songs in this kind of metal record are too much for me. The songs are almost all over minutes in length so it’s a long record. A bit too long if you want my opinion. This is not a big deal but it would have been a better record if there were only 8 or 9 songs. It would be a better full listening experience.

Overall this release is in my top 5 of 2007 and one of my favourite from this band. It’s for every fan of Opeth, Agalloch and Katatonia. It’s an interesting listening experience.

Pros:
-Excellent Vibe
-Experimentation with solos
-More Harsh Vocals
-Good orchestration
-Addition of female vocals

Cons:
-No song in Italian
-Some moments are repetitive
Highlights:
-Anaemia
-Argentic
-Deorbit
-Triesteitaliana



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jim
December 19th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm looking forward to hearing this when i purchase it.
nice review, and it's nice to see one for the album.

Windows
December 19th 2007


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really need to re-listen to this. What I remember was good though. Nice review.

jrowa001
December 19th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. this album really changed my opinion on Novembre. before listening to this album i have only heard Materia and Novembrine Waltz, both were just mediocre. then this album is just flat out awesome. loved it so much i went out and got Classica which is also a great album

Kage
December 19th 2007


1172 Comments


Review made me want to listen to this. Good work.

Pebster49
December 19th 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is awesome, I loved there last album, this one Ive only listened to a few times, really haven't given it a huge look at it tho, nice review.

Foodforthegods
December 19th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was expecting so much from this album and I must said im really happy with the final result. Definatly in my top 5 of 2007.

SynGates
December 19th 2007


2467 Comments


Finally someone reviewed this! Good job, now I will certainly check this out. One wierd sentence though:

Hopefully the band bring back some of their key elements that were leaved on Materia.


Confessed2005
December 19th 2007


3314 Comments


Sweet, good to see you reviewed this.

BallsToTheWall
December 19th 2007


44667 Comments


Prettty good review. See this all the time on lists and magazine. I guess I should get it.

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Foodforthegods
December 19th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, especially if you love bands like Opeth, Katatonia and Agalloch.

FR33L0RD
December 19th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^ cool, i need to get this. The other Novembre album are good.

btw, great review, my pos vote

Zoo
December 19th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Classica is their best but this is substantially close.

Foodforthegods
December 19th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Zenith is growing on me. It'S an awesome instrumental track.

Wizard
December 19th 2007


19524 Comments


These guys sound like something I should check out. Good review. I won't say anything about the grammar because I know English is your second language.

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beans
December 21st 2007


2332 Comments


never heard anything about this band before now, im still on the fence on whether i should check them out, from the review i did really get what type of music they are so i still might check them out

Foodforthegods
December 21st 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should check it out. Pretty interesting band

blackened07
December 21st 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This IMO, is one of the best albums put out this year.

Foodforthegods
December 24th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nascence is now in my highlights...what a beautiful song wiht the female vocals.

Jim
January 17th 2008


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very solid album

FR33L0RD
March 3rd 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A good album, nothing more nothing less.



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