Nervosa Nihilistic Orchestra strikes back! Just like the audacious MCD
'Sodomizing The Archangel ' spread the seeds for the remarkable
'Drudenhaus', so is this 3rd release on the transalpine label
the awaited higher step to perfection from the best French symphonic
black metal band so far.
The tracks are characterized by an intense performance and pathos galore,
as though marquis De Sade's perversion incredibly were brought up-to-date.
A big merit lies in the variety of drum parts, not only at mincing speeds
by devastating bass drums, but also by powerful rolls and other inspired
uses; moreover, very good are the orchestral contributes at the beginning
of the opener 'Mother Anorexia ', or even better intermezzoed
in the core of 'Black Death, Nonetheless', and really
stirs up penance the beginning in Latin of the neo-classic 'Stabat
Mater Dolorosa ', sounding like a cut excerpt from Dario Argento's
'Suspiria', because of the female vocals, language and majesty;
wholly French lyrics ( which are also partially present in other 3 songs
) in the lugubrious and multiform 'Le Portail De La Vierge ',
and one more time grandiose arrangements with superb declamatory crescendos
in 'The Altar Of Holocausts ', while 'Hail Tyranny ' is
played by a piano only, decadent and sad, and therefore particularly
This darker release features 8 trax ( + purely extraordinary cover-versions
of Judas Priest, Candlemass and even Death in the digipack and vinyl
limited editions ), deeply anti-life lyrics, various vocal styles, esp.
hallucinated ones, experimented and overdubbed sometimes in grand choirs,
which is A.N.'s winning weapon. Noble, with so many a violin, precise
and vehement, a killer layout and cover by the famous Czech photographer
Jan Saudek, and last but not least a massive clear production achieved
at 48-track Drudenhaus studios again, the quintette simply plays an
elite music that every respectable sympho-black metal freak should lust
for his own funeral.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 01/11/01