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Nidra : κώμα

Nidra's debut is a mature and accomplished work, well suited to the encroaching autumn mood.

As summer expends its last gasps and gives way to the crisp autumn, it’s natural to gravitate one’s listening towards music suited to the cooling weather. Nidra’s full-length album 'κώμα' ('Coma'), released in 2013, is a picture-perfect accompaniment to the fall; I can practically hear the subdued crunch of leaves underfoot as album opener 'Sulphuric Woe' gets promptly underway without dwelling on any needlessly long intros. From the start, 'Coma'’s sound is very unified, taken naturally as a complete musical environment rather than a collection of individual instrument sounds.

Nidra is a Russian duo, the pair naming themselves “Cold” and “Rain”, and this album embodies what one might consider the baseline Russian doom/death metal sound while skillfully holding itself above easy generic dismissal. There is plenty of appeal here for fans of Katatonia, Autumn, Lacrimosa, or Officium Triste, but Nidra. 'Coma' is a very measured album, with tracks sequenced thoughtfully to evolve the overall mood as the album progresses: heaviest at the beginning, then more and more contemplative and introspective over the course of its 52-minute length. One standout track is 'Estrangement', with its strikingly melodic chord progression bolstered by a welcome piano theme, and its showcase of vocalist Rain’s raspy and clean tones. During the album, his proportional use of each is tipped, leaving the death rasps behind by the the time of the Blut Aus Nord cover (' Procession Of The Dead Clowns'). Rain adds his voice to the originally-instrumental song, a fitting album coda.

Nidra are metal first, with drums and rhythm guitars dominating the mix. But despite the rumbling kicks, death vocal rasps, and black-metal tremolo guitars, there’s little fury here. Piano and synths add dimension, a blanket of misty melancholy, in a way that’s not immediately attention-grabbing, but rewarding to an attentive headphone listen. It’s never angry, never hysterical with anguish. I get a feeling of someone who has their share of regret in life, but who (perhaps after some time is past) is able to look at their own mistakes with a human understanding.

The steadiness in tempo that carries through nearly the entire album, and the atmosphere that is maintained, makes 'Coma' an appropriate soundtrack for a slow walk at a lakeside or in the woods in evening; or for enjoying a glass of wine during a rainshower. This is not music to stir up the emotions into a fit but music for being lost in thought. A mature and accomplished work – and definitely recommended for this time of year.

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Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. Sulphuric Woe
2. Inward Eternity
3. To The Ones Who Had Gone Before
4. Wholesale Deaths
5. Oblivion
6. Wandering
7. Estrangement
8. The Dawn
9. Procession Of The Dead Clowns

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-09-14 by Mark Rzeszutek
Thermal Mass
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