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NADIR
NADIR
The Sixth Extinction
(NGC Productions / Satanath Records)
33:19min

Hungarian outfit DARK CLOUDS formed back in 1993. After two demos and two full length albums, they changed their name to NADIR in 2005. And "The Sixth Extinction" is already their seventh album. After doing some research and listening to their previous albums, one can conclude that their style hasn't changed much. They play a heavy combination of Death and Doom Metal with Core influences. Sometimes they cross over to the Sludge territory, evoking sounds similar to ACID BATH, CROWBAR and the likes. Their style of music is mainly slow to mid paced which makes the album a little hard to swallow. The song construction and general composition lack variety, with the exception of 2 or 3 songs. 'Mountains Mourn' being my favorite, actually. This song displays the attitude, the aggression and the catchiness that the rest of the album needs. Although their sound is as heavy as a ton of bricks, I could not find any elements that drew me to listen to it afterwards. After 3 spins, that song in particular was the only one that stood out. The production is thick and loud and the raw mix works perfectly with their style. Both Norbert Czetvitz and Hugó Köves' guitars pound their way through 9 songs, followed closely by Szabolcs Fekete drum work, which adds a lot to their sound. I took special attention to Ferenc Gál's bass lines and he comes through with very nice touches here and there. Viktor Tauszik's vocals are also good, but at one point they become one dimensional. And no, this is not a bad album at all. I truly believe that this is all a matter of personal taste and specially, a matter of my very little knowledge on this sub-genre. So, fans of the aforementioned bands should check out NADIR's "The Sixth Extinction" and also their back catalogue, since I do think they can find what I could not. Check the band here: www.facebook.com/nadirhungary. And both, their label and their distribution here: http://ngcprod.blogspot.hu, www.satanath.com/distro

Alfonso Perez

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