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Released: 2001, Century Media
Reviewer: El Cid
On one occasion, a friend asked me if I liked Opeth. I said of course I did, I loved Opeth, it’s complex, melodic, dark and very interesting. And he said he couldn’t get into Opeth no matter how hard he tried. A couple of days ago this same person came up to me and said he found a band that was like a lighter version of Opeth… At first I didn’t quite believe him because as far as I’m concerned Opeth does not need to have a lighter version, but…
Enter Novembre, the band has shrunk to a trio now, and they’ve partially parted ways with Death Metal. This said, Novembre hasn’t wiped out Death Metal from their music, but the influence is now just a part of a bigger picture. The vox department is pretty varied, ranging from your average clean vocals to a very gruff Death Metal scream, not unlike the ones used by a lot of Gothenburg style bands, to whispering and other voice effects. The guitar work is extremely solid and takes through melodic and acoustic passages to a lot of Heavy Metal riffing and a lot more complex guitar work that could again be compared to Swedish style Death Metal. The most interesting thing about Novembre is that they seem to be perfectly aware of creative “limitations”, meaning that they don’t try to mix everything they are capable of into the same song. The diversity of each track alone makes this band an interesting prospect of how to get to understand what progressive Death Metal is.
In all, whoever can’t get into Opeth because of their extreme experiments or the complexity of their song writing, this might be worth checking out if you have an open mind and a desire to broaden your horizons. And again, to Opeth fans, Novembre will not be something you can dislike; it’s just something that is a bit simpler and more accessible… You’ll like it!
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