netra
Sørbyen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron CONTRIBUTOR (110 Reviews)
September 19th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A journey into the mind of a man that's every bit as haunting as it is beautiful

In an increasingly vast world of music, it’s safe to say netra aren’t just another band. In fact, their music is quite unlike anything I’ve had the pleasure of hearing before. Combining influences of black metal and jazz with an eerie trip hop vibe, netra’s latest album Sørbyen is all compiled by one man. However, this is no ordinary man. This is a man, who in his darkest times began to create music to battle his demons and cure his boredom of city life. He is the creative force behind netra’s music and his talents and ambitions shine throughout the bands’s sophomore album, Sørbyen.

Throughout the journey that is Sørbyen, you never really know what to expect. Just when you think you have the music figured out, you discover you are gravely mistaken. Whether it be the trademark black metal screams of ‘Concrete Ocean’ or the hauntingly beautiful title track, Sørbyen has a surprise waiting around every corner. At first, the thought of mixing a genre like trip hop with black metal seemed unusual to me, but the mysterious man behind netra is able to pull it off. Perhaps it’s how subtly he is able to mix such different genres without sounding awkward, or maybe it’s just the fact that he’s really ***ing good. Even the guitar work exceeds expectations. ‘It’s Kicking In’ starts out as a stoner jam, with strange whispers and trip hop beats before bringing in some funky guitar solos. Other songs have heavy guitars right from the get go, like ‘Strange Bliss at Dusk’ which starts out sounding like a metal song before turning into a schizophrenic ride through indescribable sounds.

Sørbyen is a well constructed album, there’s no doubt about that. The only real drawback is that certain songs will likely be harder to digest for the less daring listener. ‘I Shall Slay the Monkeys’ contains some of the most intense vocals on the album, but some may find it hard to get past the claustrophobic nature that protrudes throughout its runtime. However, the title track is a prime example of netra’s ability to create a truly beautiful track. Without the help of any vocals, the song flows incredibly smoothly as it slowly builds an atmospheric background to make room for muddy, but slightly melodic guitars. Not only does this verify the talent behind netra, but it proves the unpredictability of Sørbyen. Sometimes it’s beautiful, others it’s downright strange, but it’s always exciting. Those looking for something a little different will find a lot to enjoy in this release. After all, netra aren’t just another band.



Recent reviews by this author
New Found Glory ResurrectionThe Residents Eskimo
Trvth ApproachingAgalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
The Byrds Mr. Tambourine ManSomos Temple of Plenty
user ratings (4)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2013


19971 Comments


I wrote this a few months ago but just figured i'd post it. Also, it makes a nice companion to my other netra review : D

Hopefully it reads ok but any feedback is always welcome. I'll post some links later after I get off work

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

IbenizGEO1
September 19th 2013


2258 Comments


badass

BallsToTheWall
September 19th 2013


44714 Comments


Heard this before way back. Sounded cool if my memory serves me right.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

Cygnatti
September 19th 2013


21395 Comments


This guy makes sexy music.

IbenizGEO1
September 19th 2013


2258 Comments


All KINDZ of genres

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2013


19971 Comments


glad you guys like it. @balls, yeah it's pretty cool so is the debut album

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2013


30059 Comments


sausage link?

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2013


19971 Comments


title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQ_66z9PAw



Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2013


19971 Comments


I shall slay the monkeys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4OL62v2-jA

concrete ocean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDOsl-l1Y8

Ecnalzen
September 20th 2013


6730 Comments


Hey! Atari is back with the writing and whatnot.

I just looked at this guy's page and never thought I'd see that mixture of genres together before now.

CaptainDooRight
September 20th 2013


30059 Comments


Thanks for posting links. Unfortunately they don't work on my iPhone. I'll try check later on my laptop if I get time.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2013


19971 Comments


sup ecnal. haha this review is a few months old but i'm working on a new one just been busy

@cap, if you check them out definitely let me know what you think

Hoppoman
September 20th 2013


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy this album, but the guy looks seriously bored.

Ecnalzen
September 21st 2013


6730 Comments


I listened to the title track. It felt like it was constantly building itself up towards something, but it never happened. It was weird.

Good track though.

Funeralopolis
September 21st 2013


11621 Comments


tagged as: jazz, black metal, trip-hop

need to hear this

Digging: Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below

PiedradeLuna
June 30th 2014


229 Comments


This album is really good. Remember buying it awhile ago and was super impressed very different from one man "black metal" bands one is used to hearing. A Kill for a Hug, Emzlah and Streetlamp Obsession are all great tracks.

Atari, not sure if you meant it but the entire first paragraph you have Netra uncapitalized... but other times you capitalize the band's name. Probably just something you missed but just looking out for ya

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014


19971 Comments


thanks for the catch man, fixed

also, i approve of your avatar ;)



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy