|Progressive Death Metal
May 25th, 2009
Release length: 48:38
Right off the bat you’ll notice something special about A New Constellation. The album opens up with a rather heavy, more Death Metal track with “Much Us”, but this track far from depicts the coming flow of the album. While it is still a good representation through the keyboards in the background. This is really one of the only tracks the focus moreso on creating a faster and heavier element to the album and not worry too much about the rather astral ambience that the rest of the material here gives the listener. “The Perfect Depth of the Mermaids” is the closest it comes to anything like the start track, but this one isn’t quite as intense and has more melodic elements to it.
The real joys of this release are the slower cuts. While the slower tracks are just as heavy as some of the faster paced ones, it’s heavier yet slower and often softer tracks that really make this album shine. “Absynthe” is a strong track right from the start but as it progresses it just continue grow and by the time you finish you’ll sit back in awe of just how beautiful the track truly was. There are plenty of other tracks like this on the release, but it the semi-instrumental thanks to a spoke word segment track “Air” that really starts the ball rolling. “Air” a beautiful lead in to “Under the Mourning Rays”, acting as more of a slower paced Jazz influenced track that is so well done that the listener could easily just drift off and get lost within that just shy of two minutes and continue to wander in that state to the song “Under the Mourning Rays”, which is a heavier, cleanly sung track that falls just over the seven minute mark. The only problem at this point is that you start to notice that the band utilizes the screamed vers/sung chorus.
One of the things worth noting for A New Constellation is that the vocals on the album are not the typical Death Metal gtutteral. Instead, the vocalist utilizes the screaming approach, which works out well with the music the band plays. However, a good number of the songs on here follow a specific formula. Practically every song that has singing after the opening track “Much Us” has nothing but singing before a slower, somewhat softer chorus with clean singing kicks in. The only exception to this would be the song “Smoke’s Men” which, instead, starts off slow and keyboard influenced with clean singing starting the album off before jumping into the screaming once again. And, it seems once again that there is bleeding between the songs, as the flow and ambience of “Smoke’s Men” carries over into “Outer”, which is an instrumental track that closes out the album nicely with plenty of material that leave you feeling as if you’re drafting alone somewhere in space.
A New Constellation is an amazing release that utilizes ambience properly to create one of the most addicting musical experiences you’ll get the chance to get lost in. The music that Nahemah has crafted borders both the intense, and the soothing, perfectly blending both Progressive and Death Metal elements into a ambient ride that will put your mind at ease while the more Death aspects will still keep your body at full attention. Despite the repetition from the pattern many of the songs utilize, the music is so finely crafted that you will easily look past this shortcoming, leading to plenty of repeat spins in the future. Nahemah continue to grow, and A New Constellation is their best opus yet. Hopefully the band will continue to grow and somehow manage to top this release, which is going to be a very tough venture for this band.
01. Much Us – 5:49
02. Absynthe – 4:38
03. Follow Me – 4:46
04. Reaching the Stars – 4:22
05. The Perfect Depth of the Mermaids – 5:49
06. Air – 1:57
07. Under the Mourning Rays – 7:12
08. The Trip – 5:38
09. Smoke’s Men – 5:17
10. Outer (Instrumental) – 3:10
|Overall Score: 8.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Lifeforce Records.