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NORD

Year of No Light

Experimental/Post Metal


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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars YEAR OF NO LIGHT play a style of music that matches their apocalyptic name. This is Post-Metal in the ISIS mode. With 2 guitarists, a bass player, a drummer, and a vocalist who sounds like he just came out of the pit of hell, YEAR OF NO LIGHT's goal is to pummel you into submission. I gave up rather quickly. I was surprised to learn these guys are from France.

"Selenite" is a great opening instrumental track. It's heavy yet catchy with some Post Rock style guitars before 3 minutes. The second song with the title that doesn't end is rather fast paced with screaming vocals that are down in the mix quite a bit thankfully. Actually this is the case with the vocals throughout this record as they are almost used like another instrument. This song smokes,an amazing tune ! "Traversee" has a slower paced beat with guitar sounds that fill the air. Nice. The vocals 3 minutes in are screaming out but the guitars are screaming louder. The melody is actually catchy but the sound is so loud ! This is a sonic assault like I have never heard before. "Librium" is a short,spacey instrumental that allows my speakers to cool down.

"Les Mains De L'Impereur" is a crushing song with crushing vocals. 2 minutes in a doom like atmosphere arrives with a BLACK SABBATH feel to it. Lots of bass and bottom end.The song does get close to being pastoral before some ripping guitars come in to end it. "Tu As Fait De Moi Un Homme Meilleur" might just have the best sounding instrumental work yet. The guitar melodies are heavy and the vocals are from the depths. Check it out 2 1/2 minutes in. "Somnaubule" is a little faster paced. It's a catchy instrumental that ends with a few minutes of spacey atmosphere. "Prosodia" is another instrumental that is mellow with slowly picked guitars Post Rock style. There is some computer generated sounds to end it. The ninth song has another very long title and the vocals are back. This song has an amazing soundscape with great bass and scorching guitar. "La Bouche De Vitus Bering" is the final song and the hardest to listen to. I usually skip it because the vocals are throat ripping in this slow paced tune.

This should have come with a warning label ! Anyway I really liked it but listen at your own risk. 3.5 stars.

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Posted Monday, July 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
Dim
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3 stars I was had no idea what to expect from a french post metal band, especially a french post metal band with an English name, but spoke french. Anyways the first thing I gathered from this band was: PURE POST METAL! These guys are the most post metal band of any post metal band I've heard: brutal vocals, spacey guitar interludes, primal drumming, soft moments, and absolute blood bath moments. I also noticed that the recording on the vocals was kind of muddy, which was a let down, cause I wanted to hear some french brute scream in french, which would be a new and exciting thing for me, sadly it's hard to even make out a syllable.

Good thing about the album is that it doesnt follow a musical trend that most post metal bands seem to follow, but at the same time the songs are very similar, therefore making the album seem like one long song, which is a very good thing IMO. The album starts on a heavy note, a VERY heavy note, with hardcore-like tendencies to build up, then come to a screeching halt, then brake down with lots of power and emotion, and some times do small interludes with undistorted guitars with delay, drawing on an influence from Cult of Luna no doubt. Towards the middle of the album, the music gets softer, and becomes more instrumental and beautiful, with keyboards letting the music flow, a break amongst the chaos going around. Then it comes back, but in a more sublime way, keyboards now give a backdrop, while the guitars are playing simple power chords, these two elements make the music seem more emotional, making very very fun to listen to.

The first part, very Neurosis influenced with lines upon lines of yelling and screaming with brakes towards the end, repetitive, and not much fun. The second part, sublime, and very smooth, with a constant ebb and flow. The third part powerful and emotional, with the trademark of Isis written all over it. I feel bad for giving the album a three star, maybe upon further listening, I will edit, and give it four, but that first part kills me every time. until then, three stars.

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Posted Sunday, December 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
friso
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4 stars Quelle horreur! This is an amazing kind of slow psychadelic death metal album. The guitars sound heavy, but the music has a strong melody with a lot of emotional energy. Something to put in your cd player when you are really down. It always cheers me up!

On this album you will not find exclusive guitar work, no fast solo's. But the riffs are just amazing! Some of the psychadelic parts also work perfect. Year of no Light made a very good album on a very easy basis. They just worked it out. I would not consider is as prog, but it's a record you should by if you also like very harsh metal.

Four stars!

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Posted Wednesday, February 06, 2008 | Review Permalink
UMUR
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4 stars Nord is the debut album from French post metal band Year of no Light. I donīt know much about the band except that I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to Nord. The album was released in 2006. Year of no Light consists of two guitarists, one bassist, one drummer and a singer who also operates keyboards.

The music is very heavy and Iīm more than one time reminded of Isis which is also due to the use of distorted hardcore growling vocals. Year of no Light also has a very melodic and sometimes allmost symphonic edge to their music which reminds me of a band like Shels. There are actually a considerable amount of melody amidst the heavy riffing which suits me fine. In post metal the riffs have a tendency to overstay their welcome but that is not the case with Year of No Light. They do play their riffs many times but they always build towards a climax and their way of doing this always seem to work.

The musiciaship is very good. The band is tight and I especially enjoy the sparse use of keyboards which means that Year of No Light has an extra trick up the sleeve when it is needed.

The production is very powerful.

The cover artwork is well done and gives you an indication of whatīs inside.

Year of No Light is one of those albums that moves my boundaries when it comes ot liking a genre like Post Metal. Itīs really enjoyable for me that some post metal bands appeal to me even though the genre as a whole isnīt the most exciting music style for me. Nord is so good that Iīll even reward it with a 4 star rating for being very heavy yet melodic and memorable. Great album.

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Posted Monday, July 14, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The debut album by these gloom mongers.

My approach to this album is from the funeral doom angle. A genre I know well. Year Of No Light may also have had their origins from there...... or the hard core genre. But they have taken a large chunk of funeral doom, added a large chunk of post rock and then filled in the gaps with shoe gaze, hard core and post metal. The result is this album.

Nord (and Post Metal/Rock in general) is the art of mirroring the new generations of drop outs and those disillusioned with the world and their parents generations (including this reviewer..... they don't like me & my generation ! ). The result is disfigured music with black metal vocals and disonant melodies. In the middle of all this dissonance, there is a lot of beauty too. Some of the songs here are great. Some are purely good. But this album never becomes dull.

Is this a great album ? No. Although some of the music here is great, there are some less good things here and it seems like the band was still hunting down a good sound. But it is a very good album and a good introduction to this band. It is a good debut album and very creditable.

3.5 stars

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Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | Review Permalink
Negoba
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2 stars ZZZZzzzzzzz........Napping in a Mud Pot

Year of No Light is a post-metal band from France and NORD is their debut album. While all post-rock and post-metal can be hypnotic, YoNL is mind-numbing. They seem to know their genre well, but their take on it is quite color-by-numbers. The band insperses sludgy riffs with some semi-clean post-rock strumming and melancholy leads. These are standard for the genre, but none really ascend to the level of cold beauty that some bands achieve. This elusive quality is what separates dull, boring work from the mildly sublime. On NORD, YoNL sits firmly in the former category. Their black-ish harsh screamed vocals do absolutely nothing for me. None of the riffs are memorable. Melodies are cookie cutter.

Some who enjoy the new black ambient works might get more out of this record than I do. If having music that evokes the sound of suffering through a migraine appeals, then NORD is your album. Perhaps sitting in a dungeon in sweltering 110 degree summer heat. The heaviness is there. The feeling of oppression is communicated. Occasionally there is a little trippy vibe that I can identify as something other than unpleasant. But there are certainly no surprises, no signature elements to move this album out of the genre's pack. Frankly, the album is pretty boring.

The clean parts are much better than the heavy sections, but unfortunately those occupy less than 1/4 of the album. Even so, every true post-rock albums has ten times as many good ideas. I reserve 1 star reviews for truly aversive, painful stuff. This is just dull.

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Posted Friday, July 01, 2011 | Review Permalink

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