March 9th, 2017 (Norway/France); Hypnotic Dirge Records
LP (39 min.)
Avantgarde/Depressive Black Metal
A few days ago I stumbled across a record label called Hypnotic Dirge Records on Bandcamp. It is a label focusing on underground experimental/atmospheric Doom and Black Metal bands. All the albums on the label are available for free download on Bandcamp (an opportunity which I used to full capacity).
One of the most interesting artists on the label is French Avantgarde Metal band/one man project netra. His music is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. The main musical style being Depressive Black Metal, netra incorporates elements from multiple genres like Jazz, Blues and, first and foremost, Trip-Hop (!) into his music. However crazy and unfitting this combination might sound on the paper, the actual music is amazing.
“Ingrats” is netra‘s most recent full length record and it’s probably his most eclectic and interesting work so far.
The atmospheric Trip-Hop and the raw Black Metal elements work perfectly together to create an atmosphere of depression and melancholy that can only be described as captivating.
The album surprised me repeatedly with unexpected stylistic breaks and is on the whole just an exceptionally rewarding listening experience.
If you are interested in unusual, experimental music with the Black Metal tag attached to it, you have to check this album out.
You can download this album for free from Bandcamp.
Visit the band’s official facebook page.