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Nero Di Marte - Self-Titled

Nero Di Marte
by Mary Orren-Spunelli at 18 April 2013, 1:43 PM

NERO DI MARTE, formerly known as MURDER THERAPY comes from Bologna, Italy and classifies themselves as Experimental / Metal There description of their new name is rather interesting as well: “An opaque, intense black pigment derived by iron oxides, in use in paintings since the beginning of the XX century. Its name originates from both the god Mars’s role in mythology and the influence the planet Mars had in the processing of iron according to alchemical tradition.” I must admit, my curiosity was piqued!

The opening song, “Convergence” wins bonus points with me by starting off with some awesome, almost tribal sounding drums. “Time Dissolves” is a nice and edgy number that is almost entrancing both musically and vocally. I liked the third track, “Resilient” best. It has a more classic dismal, yet Thrashy sound. Slow and fast all at once, which truthfully, takes remarkable ability to achieve. The title track itself is my least favorite. Very dismally slow at the beginning at a continuous and monotonous pace, then finally picks up. Yet despite the dramatic pick up, it still manages to come across as boring to me. The following song, “Drawn Back” redeems it a bit. While this song is a bit slower than the others, it is also more melodic and that makes for an improving difference. “Drawn Back” and “Resilient” are the best tracks on this album, in my opinion.

The pace of the songs and even the vocals at times makes me think of NEVERMORE in parts. The best description I can give is slow Doomy Thrash met head-on with harsher vocals and speed-fire drumming. The music has a hard-core edge to it here and there as well. Yet despite all the mixtures of styles, this still isn’t anything so amazing that I am blown away. These guys definitely have talent, but overall, this just doesn’t make a strong impression on me. It’s not bad, but also not too memorable.

There is definitely a dark atmosphere to the music and they are impressive in their own way. Maybe I just don’t quite get what they are trying to do. Would I give them another listen? Sure! Some albums do grow on you over time and NERO DI MARTE has the potential to do just that.

3 Star Rating

1. Convergence
2. Time Dissolves
3. Resilient
4. Nero Di Marte
5. Drawn Back
6. Anoptikon
Francesco D'Adamo - Guitar
Sean Worrell - Guitar, Vocals
Andrea Burgio - Bass
Marco Bolognini - Drums
Record Label: Prosthetic Records


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