Release: 03/03/2017 DK
NORÐ, formed in 2013 in Odense, Denmark, plays melodic Progressive Metalrock, powered by high octane energy and melancholic soundscapes. A unique style of heavy music with references to many different bands and genres and a dystopic lyrical universe about the human decadence. NORÐ reflects the Nordic feeling with their combination of dreamy melodies, tight riffing and headbanger breaks.
Their debut EP “Alpha” was recorded at Molten Rock Studio in Odense with Jesper Egeskov Sommerby and it is released in March 3rd 2017 via Inverse Records.
Hello and welcome to the very first review of 2017.
Today we’re gonna take a listen to “Alpha”. The debut EP by NORÐ, which is coming in March 2017.
Now… What can you expect from this up and coming Metal act from Denmark?
The opener “Kill The Marshalls” has this rather old-school Metal vibe to it, while keeping true to the “high octane energy”, as described in the band’s bio. You have to wait for the next track “Rosehip Garden” in case you’re here for the Progressive bits. It’s quite eclectic and the coolest thing about this track is, that certain song-structures come around in an – let’s say – unexpected manner.
Check out the lyric video for this song over HERE.
“Restless” follows stylistically the path of the previous song (the length is pretty much the same too) in a more epic way, except you’ll find a couple of old-schoolish guitar riffs again – And no, that’s not a bad thing, don’t get this wrong! Hint: Wait for the part starting at around 03:22. This song gets only better from there!
The last track you’ll find on “Alpha” bears the name “Omega”. How lovely! Now… Where did I hear that opening riff before? Anyway, it kinda hurts me to say that “Omega” was the weakest part of the EP, by simply being too straight-forward and monotone when compared to the three previous tracks.
NORÐ have made a very solid debut with “Alpha”. The band combined many elements of Metal and Rock and made it sound original again to a certain degree, even though it was quite obvious that they haven’t found their very own signature style yet.
You will probably notice that certain riffs sound a bit like something you’d expect from a Metal bands from the 90s, but that’s still okay – It’s their debut! But I kinda missed the dreamy melodies though…
Other than that… Kudos to the expressive cover/logo design and lyrics! We’ll be looking forward to see more from NORÐ for sure.
Take a Listen:
★★★☆☆ // OK. A solid record! (Note that this is more like 3.5 than 3!)
Written by Your Dead Partner Collective