Nucleus Torn: Andromeda Awaiting

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Nucleus Torn: Andromeda Awaiting
Avante-Garde, Folk Metal
Prophecy Productions
November 26th, 2010
Release length: 46:20
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Andromeda Awaiting marks the third full-length effort, as well as the climax of a three-part musical series, from the Folk band Nucleus Torn. While the group isn’t necessarily a full blown Folk Metal act, but the group is known for having a rather Avante-Garde approach to some of their material in the earlier recordings. Andromeda Awaiting, however, doesn’t necessarily have a strong Avante-Garde approach to the music, and often seems to just be focusing in on creating a beautiful somewhat orchestral sounding piece through use of classical instruments, such as a traditional piano and violins, on top of acoustic and electric guitars and other more modern instruments for this style. The end result is a fantastic classical piece that those with strong tastes for the works of acts like Bach and Beethoven might enjoy, though the material is nowhere near as epic, and retains the bands more Folk approach.

The music on Andromeda Awaiting is simply beautiful and stunning. A masterpiece of Folk atmosphere and classical overtones. The band seems to drop the Avante-Garde sound completely for this recording, and sets into place an album that is rich in atmosphere through slow, soft songs that capture natural environments perfectly through a slightly fantastical score from start to finish. “I” and “VI” are obviously the more important tracks of the recording due to their length, showing off the band’s finest classical influences to weave such a natural sounding album, both in the aspect of the terms of what’s outside, and just the general feeling of the album and it’s progression.

One of the positive aspects of the recording is that it’s geared mostly to the music. Yes, there are vocals through some of the songs, such as “I” and “II”, incorporating both male and female vocals throughout to give an additional beautiful aspect to the recording. The female vocals really shine through nicely, coming off as soft and elegant as the music can be, especially during “II” when the violins chime in behind her and add a subtle classical impact that doesn’t really give that much of a push to the music, but is just so eloquently timed that is sounds superb and well fitting. However, this track doesn’t really transition that well into the shorter “III”, an instrumental piece that focuses on the acoustic guitar and piano, but really lays on the Folk instruments that make up the recording. However, the brief silence that occurs about half way through the song becomes a little confusing and out of place, especially when the next section that starts carries essentially the same sound as before, but has that sound one would associate to a fun scene involving either women or sprites playing around in a small stream, having fun and splashing around.

However, of all the tracks on this release, the one that really makes a heavy impact is “IV”. The main reason being is that this song is just the right length, not venturing out into the fifteen to sixteen minutes period, and the band utilizes this time nicely to create some music that isn’t as soft as on “I”, but manages to incorporate some powerful music driven by the Folk instruments, but especially by the beautiful violins and the natural progression to a louder, stronger sound before the song ends, coming to what sounds like a natural close, then some more technical acoustic guitar work fades in from nothing. THis latter guitar section feels a little more tacked on then anything, as it quickly because the same riffs played through different notes repeatedly, and simply doesn’t fit the song that had just played. Sadly, this is a reoccuring theme, as it happens to practically every song on here. You hear the song end, and then it’s as if the band started a whole other song, but that song sounds similar to the one you heard before that three or four second silent gap, making it one of the most frustrating aspects of the entire recording. The only thing the listener can really do to avoid this is to sit back and not pay attnetion to what track you are on, as half the time these additional little sections at the end bleed into the next track, and in some cases it’s done so well you wouldn’t even know that another song had started. Of course, like with “II” bleeding into “III”, this ideas does have it’s downfalls.

But, from start to finish, Andromeda Awaiting is a fantastic Folk piece that feels really in tune with nature. Many of the songs give off some kind of nature-based atmosphere, and the beauty behind the tracks on here is stunning. The focus on such deep classical orchestration moments in the recording, mixed with the Folk influence, and at times other styles such as a hint of Jazz on “VI”, it shows the band hasn’t been rid of the Avante-Garde sound completely, but it for the most part it’s non-existent, and makes for a very shocking and unexpected release. If you’re looking for something beautiful and fresh, then, once again, Nucleus Torn will not disappoint.

01. I – 15:33
02. II – 3:55
03. III – 1:58
04. IV – 8:11
05. V – 0:48
06. VI – 15:55
Overall Score: 9/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by Prophecy Productions.