Novembre
Dreams D'Azur


4.5
superb

Review

by UnderTheNorthernScar USER (9 Reviews)
September 26th, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "God Knows how I'd be awake now, how I wouldn't lose my way"

Novembre is an Italian progressive metal band whose name is often associated with ethereal, melancholic, yet heavy music. Their somewhat gothic brand of extreme metal has a somewhat large European following it seems, but still this band remains slightly underrated and unheard of in the American metal scene. When they released their opus aptly titled “Classica” their sound was a very well mixed concoction of death/doom and melodic metal. Fast forward to “Dreams d’Azur”, released in 2002 and one of the most underrated, atmospheric, and grandiose records of it’s time.

Originally mixed by the legendary Dan Swano, this album was set up for success, however many to this day are displeased with the outcome of the mix, and for that reason the band released a re-recording, that surpasses the previous one in nearly every way. I would highly recommend picking up this newer version, as the previous mix did somewhat detract from this album’s intricately masterful weave of guitar, clean and growled vocals, and one of the most unnoticed and underrated drumming performances in metal by Giuseppe Orlando, one of the band’s longest standing members.

Getting into the tracks on this darkly melodic beast of an album, I have to state that the outro to the track “Novembre” is one of the greatest things I have heard in a long time. Atmospheric keyboard and beautiful guitar work make for an almost gut wrenchingly beautiful end to a perfect song. Another key track is “Swim Seagull In the Sky” coming in with an almost silly sounding title, but showing its true colors as a building, momentous, and progressive monolith of melodic death metal. One of the greatest things about this album is how it manages to progress in a way that is seamless and subtle but epic all at once. The clean vocals on this record are not as impressive as the harsh, almost blackened wails, but they serve their purpose and are by no means distracting/grating (especially compared to the original recording). One moment the listener is hearing a melodic, well composed guitar solo, and the next blast beats and tremolo guitars form a wall of sound that is as atmospheric as it is punishing.

The two most “progressive” tracks found here are all fantastic in their own right, and each bring something different to the table. Marea (Parts 1,2, and 3) is the longest, and definitely the least seamless, but each section is fantastic and worth hearing. The aforementioned “Swim Seagull in the Sky” is assuredly the highlight of this album, and coming to a close second is the melodic black metal masterpiece “Sirens in Filth” showing off an amazing riffs and blackened vocals coupled with chilling lyrics describing various falls from grace. Ending the album is the acoustic “Christal” with whispered vocals and some very evocative guitar work. Closing this 70 minute beast of an album is not an easy task, and instead of going out with a bang, Novembre ends on a beautiful decrescendo, completing an almost flawless task and granting the listener respite and calm. Exceptionally yet sombrely executed, and underrated as well, this album will go down as one of the greatest Gothic Metal records, right alongside “Wildhoney” and “Wolfheart”, and it certainly stands above the latter of these two.

Key Tracks:
Sirens in Filth
Novembre
Swim Seagull In the Sky
Old Lighthouse Tale



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bloc
September 26th 2016


47177 Comments


Def gotta hear this

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UnderTheNorthernScar
September 26th 2016


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah dude I'm surprised how unheard this is on this site

bakkermaarten007
September 26th 2016


5285 Comments


Neige is influenced by Novembre I think. Maybe not this album (never heard it) but the similarities (gazey metal, angelic vocals, production,...) are there on those I have heard

Ocean of Noise
September 26th 2016


9955 Comments


Agreed. If I had to name one band that was similar to Alcest, I'd probably say these guys.

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UnderTheNorthernScar
September 26th 2016


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah definitely, Alcest had to be inspired by these guys now that you mention it

Dmax28
September 28th 2016


378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band gets me emotionally in a specific way no other band can do. Alcest and Sylvaine are similar but more post metally, less gothic, and softer.

UnderTheNorthernScar
October 3rd 2016


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hopefully the new Alcest kicks as much ass as this, doubting it will though

bloc
October 3rd 2016


47177 Comments


It's quite good imo

Keyblade
October 3rd 2016


25462 Comments


best band

UnderTheNorthernScar
October 4th 2016


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Better than Materia, The Blue, and Classica. Although Its been forever since i've given Classica a proper spin

Oceandrowned
May 16th 2017


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Novembre has quickly become one of my favourite melo-death bands of all time. The song structure is what makes it a true gem. The band has a knack for plodding very epic songs, somewhat between doom/melo death area. There are some black metal blasts here and there, as well as purely bm screams. What is interesting about this band - a non linear approach to vocals - ie there is no concrete vocal style throughout the album, it's more part of an atmosphere, than a commanding entity. It's kinda hard to rate their discog, it's damn consistent.

UnderTheNorthernScar
May 17th 2017


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I agree, one of the most criminally underrated bands in metal. Songs like "Sirens in Filth" and "Old Lighthouse Tale" should be up there with other melodeath greats. Not to mention this is hands down the most unique band in the seen. Nothing against Be'lakor or Insomnium, but the sameyness of the genre is an issue, and this album is the cure

UnderTheNorthernScar
May 17th 2017


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Plus the ATMOSPHERE

Oceandrowned
July 2nd 2017


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sirens in Filth.. Whoa, that track alone does not let me sleep well at nights. This band.. i cant dislike them, for whatever they do. Sort of guilty pleasure metal.

Oceandrowned
July 7th 2017


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, that fuckin riff in The Dream of The old Boats gets me every time. Pure addiction.

Oceandrowned
July 7th 2017


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Oceandrowned
August 17th 2017


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please, someone, tell the world how good Sirens in Filth is... Fuck me, this track is too good. Metal cant get any better when tracks like this comes from the perfect album. And mixing.. this is too good to be true. I mean these guys has been produced by Swano...



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