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June 2005
Released: 2005, Self-released
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Nicta as a name obviously isn´t too familiar to most of us. Well, Nicta comes from Italy and according to the info kit which came along with the band´s 5-track offering, the band describes their sound as an unusual mixture of “Scandinavian Power Metal” and symphonic Black Metal. Well, that description sounds pretty fair and justified for them even if someone needs to explain to me whether there is such a thing as “Scandinavian Power Metal” as most of Power Metal nowadays tends to sound pretty much the same – to me at least. Oh well, maybe I´m wrong as I´m no Power Metal expert, so I don´t want to continue arguing about it...

But yeah, Nicta´s music is sort of a marriage between up-tempo Power Metal elements and some musical elements that border from Black Metal (thanks to Fabio´s shrieking vocal parts!) to Thrash Metal (riff-wise) even as far as to Opera/Gothic Metal if female guest´s, Federica´s clean vocals can be counted in (she´s got a wonderful voice, by the way...). At best they truly sound very powerful and well-rehearsed yet a pleasingly entertaining act, but at the same time, I think they should try to focus on a certain musical direction a bit more as mixing up a mish-mash of several styles together, usually leads to nowhere, if you know what I mean?

“Let Us Suffer” as well as “The Night I Fell” both represent Nicta as their most entertaining and captivating form with a good balance between straight-forward aggressive yet brutal parts and melodic, more symphonic, keyboard-laden parts that surely catch the attention of the listener. I also believe those two songs are the ones that could actually grab some attention amongst record company people as well by standing out from the 5 song pile that they have got on offer for this somewhat promising LET THE DARKNESS WELCOME YOU mini-CD. With time, they will most probably make themselves even more known as a band to keep your eyes tightly on because the talent is already there. They just need to polish and think out their ideas a little bit more regarding their song structures and make sort of a decision eventually what´s really essential and vital for Nicta´s sound in the future.

In the meantime, feel free to check them out. They need YOUR support, too.
Track Listing

01. Millenary Order
02. In Embryo
03. Let Us Suffer
04. The Night I Fell
05. Manchurian Candidates


Fabio Valentini – Vocals
Nuccio Cafá – Guitars
Graziano Ferracioli - Keyboards
Stefano Marchetto – Bass
Andrea Bertassello –Drums
Federica Valarin (special guest) – Additional vocals

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