Nahemah
A New Constellation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2009 | 22 replies | 8,508 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: fluctuating between death metal rage and post-rock clarity, 'A New Constellation' could be Nahemah's strongest album yet.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

It doesn't take long for the atmosphere that surrounds Nahemah's fourth release, 'A New Constellation' to reveal itself. Opener 'Much Us' is the sort of song that could be boring but instead draws the listener in, swirling and floating around several layers of ambience and methodical riffs. In fact, the song itself doesn't have any memorable hooks or catchy melodies, the appeal instead comes from the sprinklings of almost post-rock like melodies that hover ominously in the background while the thoroughly metal structure rages on almost constantly. Nahemah do well in blending an almost death metal sound with other non metal styles like progressive rock and (a bit more prominently on some songs) post-rock in particular.

This somewhat odd combination of sounds works so well because of the band's simply solid structuring throughout. The vocals change between a commanding death metal roar and ghostly singing at a whim, the guitars bellow forward one giant riff after another, the drumming while being somewhat unextraordinary and simple dictates the pace very well, alternating the tempo throughout the entire album. It's all a very tight and well constructed base for the songs to be expanded on. The band use this to really stick to a formula and expand around it, giving the songs a really coordinated and tight feel. Of course, this runs the risk of having the album being very similar and limiting variation, and while there is a very audible atmosphere that surrounds everything on the album, Nahemah nonetheless find room for a little bit of variation.

For example, the seven minute monster 'Under The Mourning Rays' has a huge post-rock vibe. While the first half of the song charges forward with heavy riffs and powerful drumming, it eventually fizzles out into brooding ambience. Insubstantial melodies flow around slow and fluid drumming, building to a huge post-rock climax (albeit with death metal vocals) in the last two minutes. This is vastly different to 'Reaching The Stars' which features some of the heaviest and most unrelenting drumming and riffs on the album, where the singer screams with a crazed intensity. While both of these songs bear similarities in the ominous atmosphere, they're almost entirely different in execution and structure.

'A New Constellation' isn't perfect of course, despite the immediately catchy riffs, 'The Perfect Depth Of The Mermaids' falls a little flat compared to the rest of the album, and the immediate interlude that follows it simply slows the flow of the album. Despite this, its an album that builds and builds around a cold and melancholic atmosphere, fluctuating between death metal rage and post-rock clarity. Nahemah have continued to grow and evolve throughout their career, and 'A New Constellation' could be their strongest album yet.



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Crimson
June 2nd 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reposted

jingledeath
June 2nd 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gave this quite a few listens cause I really liked the previous album but it didn't click. Follow Me is excellent though

BallsToTheWall
June 2nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Follow Me = song of the year. Not quite but it's amazing and the chorus is very opethy? Katatonia? Novembre, there we go.

fireaboveicebelow
June 2nd 2009



6837 Comments


is it worth listening to if you didn't like the first one at all

Reeke
June 2nd 2009



61 Comments


This album was a disapointment, The Second Philosophy is so much better imo.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2009



17204 Comments


who the fuck negged? I wasn't the biggest fan of Second Philosophy so I doubt I'll ever get around to this.

fireaboveicebelow
June 2nd 2009



6837 Comments


/counter-pos

Wizard
June 2nd 2009



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would Wiz like this? Sounds like Wiz would.

Good review.

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KYZAR
June 2nd 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ wiz would wobadly wike whis.

rasputin
June 2nd 2009



14538 Comments


nahemah hamehey HAAA

Pebster49
June 3rd 2009



2991 Comments


I like this, it sounds less like an Agalloch wannabe, like last album. I see they found their own sound in "Follow Me"

Wizard
July 1st 2009



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wasn't the biggest fan of Second Philosophy so I doubt I'll ever get around to this.

Sky, you need to get around to this!

Crimson
July 1st 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guessing you like this a fair bit then yeah wiz?

Wizard
July 2nd 2009



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ummmm you could say that hahaha. I'm having a hard time nailing these guys down. Loving the semi-industrial leanings/ post metal antics. Plus, every tune has a really unique interlude to it.

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa?

Wizard
July 4th 2009



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why the "Whoa"?

Relinquished
July 4th 2009



24919 Comments


I should probably check this out.

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2009



15909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This turned out to be really good. Does anyone know if the previous stuff was any good?

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Wizard. You had it at 4.5

@Willie. No.

jingledeath
July 22nd 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

previous album was way bettttter but that's probably just me



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