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Experimental/Post Metal • Finland


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Founded in Turku, Finland in 2009

NAUTICUS are a progressive/art metal band founded by drummer Tuomas RAJALA, has self-released two full-length albums: 2009's ''A Wave to Carry Us Out'' and 2012's ''The Wait''. The band consists of, apart from RAJALA, Juuso JALAVA (bass), Juho MATILAINEN (guitar), Markku KASTELL (guitar) and Jani RÄMÖ (vocals).

NAUTICUS's sound is very psychedelic and very ethereal, dabbling heavily into the extreme and artistic sonic experimentation explored by groups like KING CRIMSON and ANATHEMA and seamlessly blending them with strong doses of progressive metal akin to groups like TOOL, INDUKTI and INTRONAUT. With similarly dark and menacing overtones and a disposition for invoking striking artistic imagery, NAUTICUS set themselves apart with a strong focus on a blended and unique sound and a strong DIY-ethic that will appeal to forward thinking music listeners.

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2.00 | 1 ratings
A Wave To Carry Us Out
2009
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Wait
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Disappear in Blue
2018

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 A Wave To Carry Us Out by NAUTICUS album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.00 | 1 ratings

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A Wave To Carry Us Out
Nauticus Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
2 stars Debut album by this interesting prog-metal band from Finland!

A Wave to Carry Us Out is a dark album. The production is raw and a bit amateur, but that emphasizes the obscure and menacing ambient that this band tries to create with their music. The riffs are a curious mixture between hard and distorted melodies much in the vein of Tool, especially in the polyrhythmic sections, and the harder moments of Pain of Salvation, with some glimpses of other acts like Mastodon especially in the odd and strange clean electric guitar melodies, like in the beginning of Still Silent.

Sadly, I think that the songwriting of the album is not compelling enough to resist a long time listening. There are a pair of good moments and some catchy melodies, but after the first two or three songs, the repetitive structures of the compositions turn wasted and boring. And that's a pity, because Tuomas Rajala's drumming is impressive and Juuso Jalava's bass is also very good.

No the same can be said about the singer, nevertheless. His singing lacks something, some magic or charisma to be convincing, being another weak point of this promising but ultimately flawed album.

Best Tracks: Still Silent (a Mastodon/Tool reminiscent song with impressive drums at the beginning), Nothing Floats (I especially like the guitar melodies in this one) and ...As If He's Ever Seen (typical Nauticus instrumental, dark and hypnotical)

Conclusion: with a better singer and a more focused songwriting, A Wave to Carry Us Out could have been a very good modern prog-alternative-metal album, in the vein of modern bands like Haken, Leprous or Soen. They had the energy, the musicianship and the right attitude to achieve that goal.

However, and sadly, the result is a pretty forgettable record which is interesting to be heard two or three times, but ultimately boring and not catchy enough to resist a continued listening.

My rating: **

 Disappear in Blue by NAUTICUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Disappear in Blue
Nauticus Experimental/Post Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars The band has been working on this album for 5 years because they had to replace their singer with several guest singers. The result is their most ambitious project. The music is in the vein of the post-metal genre with heavy guitar riffs, experimental parts, and a dark atmosphere. The song structures are unusual in some places but mostly accessible with a music that switches moods smoothly going through some hard driven parts to some slow and quiet parts that have a slight Tool influence. Don't expect any big guitar solos here, the musicians have equal parts to place the melody before anything. I have to thanks Nauticus for this nice discovery!
 Disappear in Blue by NAUTICUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Disappear in Blue
Nauticus Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First off, I really hope that more listeners -- and also more metal-oriented reviewers than me! -- will finally notice this Finnish band with a notable expressive capacity. It's now over six years since Nauticus released their second album The Wait. For the most of that time they have been working on this new 78-minute monster of an album. According to them, "the departure of our singer caused a major delay on the release. In the end we decided to enlist the help of several guest vocalists and the finished product is without a doubt our most ambitious album yet." Agreed! The music is described as "a synthesis of weird/maniac song structures and sludgy progressive experimental rock with ethereal soundscapes".

'Magma' features Sakari Ojanen on vocals. This strong composition shows well the many strengths of Nauticus. Heaviness is not there just for the sake of metal, it intertwines effortlessly with the deep soundscape full of atmosphere. The album wastes no time in showing its many-sided nature, as the opener is followed by first of the three ethereal, ambient-oriented little instrumental pieces, 'Jesus of Lübeck', that seamlessly leads into an intensive Prog Metal piece 'Claimed by the Sea', one of the four tracks over 10 minutes in length. Again there are both growl-approaching power and some more nuanced moments in a dynamic balance.

The core quartet has two guitarists and no keyboardist, but they manage to create surprisingly colourful sounds containing Post- Rockish sonic ambiguity, with occasional synth-like brightness on guitars. Drummer and primary composer Tuomas Rajala plays piano or Glockespiel on a couple of tracks. More prog than metal oriented 'Singularity' is sung by Jyri Kuokka, who happily doesn't sound primarily a Heavy/Metal vocalist. 11-minute 'Arrival' kicks off with a burst of rage, but this track too is graced by wide dynamics and atmopsheric depth. Here and there the listener can also focus on the excellent bass/drum work.

The final song 'Glass Pyramids' gives the main vocals to Anette Kaukonen whose backing vocals earlier on the album didn't quite get the deserved spot. A pity then that her beautiful voice isn't at first central on this song either. But enough to make this one a highlight. As I'm more or less an anti-metal music listener, it comes as no surprise that I appreciate especially the ambient instrumentals as one important ingredient to this album. Despite my own zones of uncomfort and unfamiliarity concerning angry metal elements, I sincerely think this is a very good and excellently produced album in the experimental/post metal subgenre.

 The Wait by NAUTICUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 3 ratings

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The Wait
Nauticus Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Matti
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3 stars NAUTICUS comes from Turku, Finland. Also their debut A Wave to Carry Us Over (2009) is sadly without any reviews or even ratings. I hope those who appreciate this genre - and Metal in general - more than me will find this strong band. I'll come to the negative aspects of my own reception later, first I do my my best to give an objective picture, with my limited understanding of all Metal music. Music is mostly written by drummer Tuomas Rajala and all lyrcis are by vocalist Jani Rämö. In the recording, mixing and production the group was helped by Antti Loponen, the visionaire behind one- man Alternative Metal band Consciuousness Removal Project.

The nearly an hour-long album is an ambitious conceptual work that was done "furiously within a period of two and a half years. An apocalypctical lyrical theme flows through an experimental, psychedelical and visionary landscape of rock, metal and alternative." I sense the full devotion and I believe some might even consider this a masterpiece of the subgenre. The tension is very strong, the mood is dark and dystopic but not totally devastating. In the sound especially the powerful, complex drumming and the angst-fuelled vocals steal the attention. The main group doesn't feature keyboard player but there are some keys involved. The two guitarists are not trying to act like attention-starving guitar heroes, instead they always serve the whole. I appreciate the absence of more typical Metal elements of high speed and technically oriented "X notes per second" approach, and the existence of even delicate nuances in the playing. But to me personally this album is too depressing, and the unmelodic compositions feel flat and samey even if they aren't necessarily that.

Thankfully there are two instrumentals, the short 'Their Whereabouts' which is rather calm soundscape experiment, and the 11-minute closer 'Kalmisto' (an old-fashioned word for graveyard) which for me is the clear highlight with the dominance of piano and acoustic guitar. A beautiful track in its melancholia.

At first I was feeling almost angry by this music, mostly because of the angst growl in the vocals. That's one thing I simply can't stand in Metal music. But now I'm anyway glad I managed to write a decent review outside my comfort zone. After all, this is worth recommendations.

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