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Ningizzia : Dolorous Novella

Ningizzia is an unusual collaboration of two artists who live far from each other: Niclas Frohagen (Sweden) and Stephane Peudupin (France). Several session musicians who add a folky undertone to the whole with violin, flute and female vocals, implement the duo's dark metallic basis.

The studio-only nature of this project seems to be a blessing for Ningizzia as it gives them the freedom to experiment freely and expand their sound to personal preference. Clean and brutal vocals, distorted and acoustic parts, slow melodic riffs, blastbeats - you name it: They are all there as indispensable elements of this project's sound. The compositions are drenched in melancholy and nostalgia comparable to the feeling when one wakes up realizing that a sweet dream is gone and can’t be brought back any more. In my opinion, the band's particular strength are the tranquil acoustic parts with whispery male voices and ethereal female vocals like in the heavenly 'Ode to the Realm of the Ancient Wisdoms' and the moving outro 'Everything Dies', as the more brutal aspects of their sound give sometimes a 'déjà vu' feeling.

Perhaps comparable to bands like Empyrium and Estatic Fear, Ningizzia appears to be yet another precious gem residing somewhere in the foggy area between dark metal, doom and folk. The beautiful artwork and crystal clear production add a nice finishing touch, making this a recommendation to all souls with fragile hearts and dreamy minds.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Spirit of the Abandoned
2. Point of no Return
3. Ode to the Realm of the Ancient Wisdoms
4. Emptiness
5. Everything Dies

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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