Novembre
Wish I Could Dream It Again...


3.5
great

Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
January 29th, 2009 | 10 replies | 4,441 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A chaotic, atmospherically sprawling, melodic list of ingredients cooked up into a stunning debut from progressive-death/doomers Novembre.

Novembre’s 2002 offering, Dreams D’Azur (a re-working of this, the band’s 1994 debut Wish I could Dream It Again…) was worthy of re-release, though its recognition as another studio outing is a little misplaced. It might seem redundant to put this album into the database and review it, but since it was the band’s debut and there are some tracks here that didn’t find their way to Dreams D’Azur it doesn’t seem all together pointless. Hailing from Italy, Novembre began as a relatively straight up death metal band, under a few monikers, before creating a specific niche that would become signature to the band’s sound. After re-tooling their format the band embarked into the studio to record Wish I Could Dream It Again… and would immediately start making waves within the metal community. The result is a stunning take on progressive death/doom metal, putting a variety of spins on varying influences to create something rather unique.

The album’s opener, Dream of the Old Boats sets a pretty impressive pace for this debut. Novembre’s ability to blend a lush atmospheric backdrop with a forefront of hard and graceful melodies is pretty recognisable here, and definitely makes for an interesting listen. There is definitely a lot going on with this band’s music, for the most part coming at you on various levels with hurricane force. Then, like a shining ray of light through that storm, elements of progressive rock and the calmer side of melodic death metal creep in. It is here that Novembre really show the diversity of their abilities. Novembre/Its Blood is a prime example of the interplay between styles that the band would further develop on later releases. The album tends to split several of its tracks into two separate pieces within one song. This can be a bit frustrating with the bands progressive nature and tendency to run a myriad of musical options through the same track. There is a brief break from the truly experimental and progressive tones of the album, namely in straightforward tracks like Night/At Once and Let Me Hate, both still grasping to the bands death metal roots. The band’s use of keys keeps the album rolling, even if it does take the tempo down a few notches at times: the atmospheric beauty it creates is more than compensating to Novembre’s sound. From this point on, the disc starts to mould and shape the sound they would use for future albums, without losing much reliance on the death metal qualities. The Music is a highlight on this album, maintaining a pretty steady gallop after leaving the gothic-influenced vocals behind. The track progresses into a pretty thrashy death metal song, with some decent growls coming from front man Carmelo Orlando. Orlando’s clean vocals are in need of some obvious work here, as his wailing, gloomy tone in the former half of Nostalgia/Its Gaze are horrendous. The latter part of the track begins with an average death metal arrangement, a clumsy attempt at shredding, meanders to a small acoustic section, then after a few minutes of silence and background noise it repeats the mundane death riff. This is really the weakest spot on an album that doesn’t have too many, so that should bode well for potential listeners. Lighthouse Tales is another complex arrangement from these guys, a track that showcases things to come more than shining a light on the bands current (at the time of recording) format.

Whether it comes in the form of psychedelic tinges on The White Eyed, chaotic and sporadic death metal blasts on Neanderthal Sands, the simple acoustic and spoken word finale of Cristal or caught some where in between it all, this is good music. Novembre should even appeal to those who aren’t a big fan of the metal genre or the rough death growls it can produce, since much of those elements were dropped after the bands first few CD’s and never really took the forefront of Novembre’s music anyway. The quality of musicianship seems to really draw me in – nothing over the top, but there’s definitely talent there. This album is probably the best experience for fans of the death metal side of their music, as these elements wouldn’t fully resurface until 2007’s The Blue. This is a pretty damn solid debut for a band who were just beginning to forge their craft, and should be checked out at least by fans of progressive metal music.

A Few Standouts: (though this album is pretty enjoyable as a whole)
- Dream of the Old Boats
- The Music
- Novembre/Its Blood
- Lighthouse Tale



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CrazyFool84
January 29th 2009



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, missed a few bold "Novembre's" in there.

Not my best work, just really wanted to vote on the album and realised it wasn't there yet, then the possibility of a reviewless album was too much to pass up.

rasputin
January 29th 2009



14520 Comments


Solid review, I'd recommend avoiding bolding the next time. Band names can be left alone, put album names in italics and put song names in sing quotation marks. I've only heard the Blue, but I think that's enough Novembre for me, I only play it every so often.

Waior
January 29th 2009



11425 Comments


This is a beautiful review, and I too share your need to rectify reviewless albums.

Poet
January 29th 2009



5920 Comments


I love these guys but haven't listened to them in a while.

CrazyFool84
January 29th 2009



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the comments guys, and thanks for that imput Ras, I was actually wrestling with the idea to forget them altogether as I went though the review, then was gonna take it to the community. Your good enough for me, the bolding shall be abolished

rasputin
January 29th 2009



14520 Comments


No worries man. I used to bold as well before I realised how ugly it makes a piece of text look when you have chunks of black all over it.

Waior
January 29th 2009



11425 Comments


I've been bolding my more recent reviews in a stark attempt at awesomeness... I will resist in the future.

Album art made in PowerPoint '93?

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2009



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Awesome review. I just got "Dreams D’Azur" a few days back. If I have that one is it worth getting this too? I didn't even know it was a re-recording of an earlier album.

This album is probably the best experience for fans of the death metal side of their music, as these elements wouldn’t fully resurface until 2002’s Materia.
I'm obviously not an expert on this band, but I remember "Materia" being the first album of theirs that didn't have any death metal vocals at all. I thought the death metal vocals resurfaced on the album after that; "The Blue".

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CrazyFool84
January 30th 2009



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Trey, you're absolutely right, Materia was the heavily 70ish proggy influenced album, with no death vocals that I can seem to find. Pretty sad since I have that album, I dunno why I wrote that instead of The Blue. I'll have to get on that change

soundless
January 30th 2009



171 Comments


nice album cover



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