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Noise Trail Immersion - Curia review

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Band: Noise Trail Immersion
Album: Curia
Release date: November 2021

01. Riesistere - I
02. Demiurgo Del Non Ritorno
03. Dimorare Nella Carne
04. Vanente
05. Riesistere - II
06. Eclissi Unanime
07. Curia
08. Coercizione
09. Il Grande Confine
10. Riesistere - III

Déjà vu has felt more common since the start of the pandemic, but déjà vu isn’t always a bad thing.

In late November 2020, I came across a post-black record released on I, Voidhanger Records that was the band’s first record on the label, and which other reviews I read indicated was a notable shift since the band’s previous record. In late November 2021, I came across a post-black record release on I, Voidhanger Records that was the band’s first record on the label, and which other reviews I read indicated was a notable shift since the band’s previous record. In the case of Kevel, the Greeks had strongly matured from a unrefined instrumental prog sludge debut to drop Mutatis Mutandis, an exhilarating combination of black and sludge metal within a post-metal framework. In contrast to the more extreme approach Kevel adopted in relation to their pre-Voidhanger work, Noise Trail Immersion’s label debut sees them turn in a more introspective and atmospheric direction.

I saw one review describe Noise Trail Immersion’s previous music as being the work of ‘the unholy lovechild of Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega'; whilst dissonant black metal is a feature of Curia, it is much less so than on 2018’s Symbology Of Shelter. Curia is instead a spellbinding mixture of black metal, post-metal and elements of mathcore, with three “Riesistere” tracks comprised solely of classical guitar included to emphasize additional influences from dark folk and liturgical music. Whilst post-black metal has regularly appeared on my radar in the last couple of months, the math and dissonance featured here are much less frequently incorporated, so Curia stand alone from bands such as Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and they stand out for very much the right reasons.

After the first of those “Riesistere” tracks is out of the way, it doesn’t take long for all those influences to coalesce; there is aggressive dissonant blasting, sharp contorted math sequences and ominous dynamic atmosphere to be encountered on the first ‘proper’ track “Demiurgo Del Non Ritorno”, as a song that starts off chaotically and uncompromisingly slowly segues into more traditional post-black territory, and as demented shrieks are replaced by post-metal screams in the vein of Cult Of Luna’s Johannes Persson. There’s a clear template set here that subsequent track “Dimorare Nella Carne” follows almost exactly, albeit taking a turn for the dissonant later on rather than diving into chunky post-metal riffing.

The band know how to mix the components up across songs; “Eclissi Unanime”, perhaps the strongest song here, moves very much in one direction, from echoing clean post-metal build-up early on through increasing dissonance and intensity towards an extreme and grim climax. Some synths and clean vocals are dabbled with on this track as well to bring in a bit of that liturgical influence, which is something that works well and could be expanded upon further if Noise Trail Immersion stick with what they’ve developed on Curia. The song that bears the album’s name is another one that stands out; an instrumental piece, “Curia” is dominated by tremolo, some of it almost melodic, and the result goes in a strikingly different direction sonically to the vast majority of the rest of the record.

An intense and electrifying fusion of challenging, mathcore-influenced dissonant black metal with eerie post-metal dynamics and atmosphere, Curia is a bold step forward from Noise Trail Immersion and one that justifies their arrived on the roster of such an acclaimed label for esoteric metal.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 8

Written on 13.12.2021 by Hey chief let's talk why not


Comments: 2   Visited by: 86 users
13.12.2021 - 18:32
I, Voidhanger has been having a hell of an year
Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
14.12.2021 - 20:53

I wont let myself be void of this record, so i will hang on to it....thanks for the review...

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