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Niamh - Autumn Noir

Autumn Noir
by Sarah Chebaro at 16 May 2022, 8:19 AM

There aren’t many bands that evolve with their style of music and succeed, but NIAMH coming from Italy is definitely one of those bands that have grown along with their music. I would have wanted to place them in the slight industrial metal category but they are something else. Their combination of electronic with heavy metal music really keeps me wanting to grab my headphones and headbang to the intense tunes. Every song on their new album “Autumn Noir” bursts with heavy tunes, beautiful guitar solos and electronic vibes.  There is a lot of darkness felt as it captures the tough times they have gone through in the last few years.

“Autumn Noir” was released on March 25th, 2022 via Electric Talon Records and is NIAMH’s third album. This Italian band has been labeled as nu-metal. We all know that during the 90s nu-metal gave multiple eargasms to us metalheads. It, later on, went a bit quiet on that scene but it's having a comeback. The tracks on “Autumn Noir” have influences from the greats such as NINE INCH NAILS and KORN. In particular their fifth track “Blasphemies and Fairytales (The Summoning of LittleTooth)” has the KORN vibes with Michele’s vocals piercing through the chorus and the keyboards playing through the verses. This song is just so beautiful. It has a balance of calmness and anger throughout the song.

The track that really made me feel the pain and beauty in life is the seventh track on the album, “The Black”. The start of the song has so much harmony and beauty. Michele’s vocals haunt me and with the electronic aspect of the song and speeded drums. The song slowly intensifies around the chorus and then calms down, giving this rollercoaster of emotions. The highs and lows make me want to come back for more.The album also has a cover track, which I prefer over the original. It doesn’t happen often. The track is called “I Fink U Freeky”. It was originally by a band called DIE ANTWOORD which is a hip-hop band from South Africa. NIAMH takes a hip-hop beat and completely changes it to a vicious electronic metal track. I initially had no idea that it was a cover until I looked it up. Personally, NIAMH should take this song as their own cause they nail it. It has a NINE INCH NAILS vibe to it. It’s absolutely addictive. It is heavy and definitely gives the freaky vibe a lot more than DIE ANTWOORD’s version.

I am generally very particular with nu-metal bands especially when it comes to the vocals. It’s normally a hit and miss. In NIAMH’s case, everything fits together and they are unique in their own way.  If they keep experimenting with their own sound they will definitely make a strong name for themselves. Let’s see what their fourth album will bring!

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Mastiff
2. Solitude Chronicles
3. Aster Disaster
4. Lucifer
5. Blasphemies and Fairytales (The Summoning of LittleTooth)
6. Serpent
7. The Black
8. I Fink U Freeky
Michele Nocentini - Vocals
Tomas Tassistro - Guitar
Mattia Ferrari - Bass
Carlos Cantatore - Drums
Record Label: Electric Talon Records


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