Nero Di Marte
Nero Di Marte


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
February 21st, 2014 | 13 replies | 827 views


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: crucial punishment.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Let’s talk about Nero Di Marte, can we? Let me take seven minutes of your time please. I’ll try to make you laugh. I’ll try to make you cry; but most importantly I’ll try to get you to read, ‘cause I’m all about our future (not really though). Boys, and the “lady” in disguise behind foxxxy, we have ourselves the next big … thing. I was watching NASCAR earlier, for some reason, I think my remote was too far away, anyway, and I think the game – excuse me race – was over because they don’t do mid game – excuse me – race interviews do they? The focus of a lot of the coverage seemed to be on one man, surely he had accomplished something of importance but I wasn’t sure of his name. Then something astonishing happened. I started listing several other drivers in my head immediately negating their possibility of being this interviewee. I was flabbergasted. In a rough transition, this is how I initially felt about the very heavy metal band Nero Di Marte; I’ll try to tie this up later.

The feeling of, “have I heard this before?” certainly creeps near but in is essence pointless. Nero are something promising simply because of the wells they sprang from – Gorguts, Ulcerate and to a latter extent Mastodon – early Mastodon (now let’s hope that’s all the crying you do). Suffice to say this is kind of heavy. What makes this debut so interesting is the bands ability harness their madness within a ridiculous groove that seeps in and almost never relinquishes its hold. Bass heavy riffs make up a majority of Nero DI Marte, but what elevates them is their penchant for a near calming atmosphere, as bleak as it may feel, although it never never feels forced, and that’s what’s most important.

It’s maddening, to be honest. I have about eleven hundred mood swings a day, and Nero’s first six minutes accompany this neurosis nicely. Speaking of, Cult of Luna are all over this album in all the right way. Sludgy riffs that drench songs ‘til they barely move before evolving subtly into some post-black-metal-rock voyage – the title track – don’t worry it’s all confusing. Mostly though, this type of formula is what separates them from a band like Ulcerate (who want to be Guts so badly it hurts sometimes), Nero aren’t afraid to ease up on the pedal from time to time. Their need for distinct passages using melody (gasp!) and space between instruments in not as much of a crutch as one might think it would, or should be within the company they reside with – dare I say it reinforces their punch while also making them feel original.

The very first song I heard by Nero Di Marte blew me away because of its immediacy. So did the next one. And the next. However, when I finally heard the album all in one sitting I was sort of numbed. Consumed separately each track is indeed incredible. Songs soar before diving deep and beating the hell out of a rhythm. But each song does this, albeit with their own identity or imprint, but adhering to the same guidelines. This isn’t as upsetting as one might think, the band is no one trick pony, these boy’s can play as heard on “Drawn Black”. I just hope in retrospect this is their worst. [i]Giggity[i].

Now, as good as this is, that speaks more to how good I hope Nero get. They’ve leached themselves onto legendary roots and have held their own, touring with said legends and captivating/creating new fans along the way; no doubt “Convergence’s” punishing intro being the eye opener, head turner, ear pealer, etc. You almost forget metal can sound like this, with all the shuggah in the world, there’s only like, four djent’s on this album – a feat in itself, and I think that’s saying something. Consider the NASCAR driver I spoke of earlier, and whom, by the end of writing this, I remembered was Dale Earnhardt Jr.



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fromtheinside
February 21st 2014



16376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i did it!

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Green Baron
February 21st 2014



11025 Comments


not dubstep nero i'm disappointed

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wacknizzle
February 21st 2014



11909 Comments


I heard sludge, must hear!

(nice review btw fti)

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Green Baron
February 21st 2014



11025 Comments


is this chevelle

fromtheinside
February 21st 2014



16376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

scream is very mad at me

SCREAM!
February 21st 2014



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good thing I'd heard this before your review or that Chevelle name drop might have scared me away haha

Good review otherwise though man

branflakes911
February 21st 2014



84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm giving you a positive but I have to say (since it says "written") that some sentences could be cleaned up. Enough to not list them. Couple grammar... confusions hiding in the messiness.

But I agree with you. Saw them open for 'guts and Mr. Lemay himself told me they're amazing, so I purchased and agree. This is a very impressive album for such a young band. And the blast beats were fuckin' amazing live. Outshined Mr. Longstreth really.

Hockeytown
February 22nd 2014



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally this has a review, one of my favorite albums of last year. good job dude

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Mordecai.
February 22nd 2014



8255 Comments


Saw these guys live with Gorguts in Montreal. They were pretty fucking brutal, but yeah, definitely could hear a little bit of Mastodon and Burst in their sound. Will check this out. Nice review.

SCREAM!
February 22nd 2014



9573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys have like the best drums of 2013

Mordecai.
February 22nd 2014



8255 Comments


I still drop by from time to time. Sputnik will always be in my heart.

TzarChasm
February 28th 2014



39 Comments


This album is colossal, and is one of the most exciting things I've heard in quite a while. I fucking love it!

FearTomorrow
March 2nd 2014



1601 Comments


Band is so good live.


Review is excellent FTI, pos'd hard.

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