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Noia - Desolating Blaze

Desolating Blaze
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 09 June 2022, 5:44 AM

People seem to not understand what Black Metal musically is sometimes. Using a definition given by Samuel Dunn on “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”, it’s a fusion between Metal (especially of the pillars BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD) and Hardcore/Punk aesthetics in its origins (that’s the reason that BATHORY, VENOM and HELLHAMMER shared some common features) in the beginning. The Second Wave bands brought influences from early Black/Thrash Metal albums of SODOM, KREATOR and DESTRUCTION, and the rest is just a matter of adapting the genre to the personal visions of the musicians. But what the Italian trio NOIA is up to with “Desolating Blaze”, their later album?

It can be said that the trio uses a classic form of Black Metal that is plenty of Hardcore and Punk Rock influences (what earns their songs many sets of catchy parts), what gives the idea of Old School Black Metal of the Second Wave to some (that’s true, if one can think that it’s the classic elements of the genre). But they do not dare to use some Old School Black/Thrash Metal outfit on some songs (as on “Tyrant of Doom”), and on others are sounding as a Black Metal MOTÖRHEAD. But there’s a difference between the other bands that trail such path: these guys are exploring their own personalities, not just compiling sets of boring clichés. Yes, the band shows a personal insight on their work, so be prepared to be hooked! Lorenzo Bellia did the recording, mixing and mastering of “Desolating Blaze”, and what is shown is something defined, clean and that can be understood by anyone, in a trend similar to Thrash Metal acts. And it fits on the band’s music, especially due the use of dry instrumental tunes to increase the resolution. Yes, it’s really a very good work.

As a veteran band (with 21 years of experience on their shoulders), they know what they’re doing with their music. And it becomes clear on songs as “Desolating Blaze” (very good and abrasive instrumental parts with catchy arrangements on the guitars), “Tyrant of Doom” (a brutal and nasty song, filled with and Old School Black/Thrash Metal energy, but with an oppressive and simple work of bass guitar and drums), “Primordial Hate” (the extreme hooks of this one are amazing, with many Hardcore/Punk Rock touches), and “Disappear Into Nothingness” (the slow parts of the instrumental are amazing, allowing the different aggressive vocal tunes to fit perfectly on the song) are the right ones for a deep experience on their work.

Yes, NOIA really has a lot of to offer. Just listen to what “Desolating Blaze” has to offer, and enjoy!

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Desolating Blaze
2. Tyrant of Doom
3. Eternal Cycles of Death
4. Primordial Hate
5. Disappear Into Nothingness
6. I Am Not, I Never Was, I Never Will Be
Lorenzo Bellia - Vocals, Guitars
Lorenzo Braus - Bass
Mirkö D.D. - Drums
Record Label: Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions


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