Thursday, 22 March 2012
[ALBUM REVIEW] Nyx - Satis
Genre - Black Metal
+ Special video for Glimmen
So this isn’t something you see every day in the Black Metal scene, a band consisting solely of female members. Off the top of my head the only others I can think of are the Greek outfit Astarte who to be frank, have become a bit of joke these days. Anyway, named after the Greek goddess of night, Nyx are a duo from Baden in Germany and they’ve just released their first demo entitled Satis, which while a brief listen at only thirteen minutes, is a promising insight into this young outfit.
Drawing their influences strangely from ‘the different natures of water’, the three tracks on Satis are competent and gloomy Black Metal that have that unmistakable ‘German’ sound to them. While it never threatens anything radical it is still impressive enough to hold its own. My main grievance with the release is really only the first song “Sinne” which comes across rather inconsistent due to its stop-start riffing and as a result is rather off putting. The guitar tone itself is also fairly thin and could do with a bit of power behind it for more of a presence which lets it down a touch as the guitar work here on Satis is actually very good. Other than that though it’s a decent release with “Glimmen” being the pick of the three tracks with its sullen, melodic guitar tone, brisk drumming and the coarse vocals flowing very well together. “Fenn” slows things down a touch in the riffing department but still maintains that typical Black Metal style and is a welcome change of pace to proceedings.
Ok so it’s not the most original composition you’re going set your ears upon this year, but it is certainly enjoyable if somewhat by the book. There is a wide for scope for improvement which can slightly be forgiven as it is only a demo. Vinterbarn and Blitz should have no problem moving forward from this, refining their sound a touch more and obtaining some degree of identity because they are both more than talented enough musicians upon this evidence.
Originally written for Metalcrypt