|Ambient, Black Metal
January 21st, 2012
Release length: 8:30
Nihaihayat doesn’t quite fall into that heavy raw or analog production trap, but it is still rough around the edges. The guitars have a very despairaging distortion to them that isn’t too sharp. The bass is actually quite deep and loud in the mix overall. The drums are programmed, though sound pretty natural. The snares have a tight mid-range output, the bass kicks carry a very strong click that is buried a bit, and the cymbals sound great too, though sometimes there isn’t much of a variety to what you hear in that aspect of the kit. Finally, the vocals carry an echo, and are at a lower level that they blend in with the background more than the forefront, often making them a haunting afterthought.
Nihaihayat definitely wastes little time in establishing the atmosphere. The instrumental introduction “Integumental Grasp” sounds like something straight out of an eighties horror film, on par with A Nightmare on Elm Street thanks to the deeper bass notes and creepy chiming keyboards. This one sends a cold chill right down your spine, and may even have you looking over your shoulder in paranoia for the five minutes of its existence. Sadly, “In Senility” doesn’t quite have that same stalkerish vibe, but the haunting keyboards still play the album out well enough with more of a sweeping, supernatural vibe that feels more like an ascension from the hell the other tracks try to conjure up. Then there’s “Disguises of Evil.” Reaching over fifteen minutes, this track finds further roots in the melancholic early second wave Black Metal sound, moving at a trudging pace with faster leads to set the grim environment for the listener, which works surprisinly well for the first five minutes before slamming forward with faster, modern material that will wake you up from the paralyzing trance of earlier. Thankfully, the sudden jerk doesn’t cause the atmosphere to be completely lost, and it does eventually slow down, and continue to shift until the bitter end.
While the instrumentals are easily the most impressive, there’s still three others that do the Ambient thing well, if not well enough. “Through the Sigil of Hate” actually takes on more of a Drone performance with repetative drumming that goes on for quite some time, leaving the lead guitars to establish the atmosphere in plenty of spots. The vocals shift between a lower rhasp and deeper growl, showing through in the slower passages well to give a menacing touch to an already venomous assault of blistering speed, hatred, and utter madness as you approach the nine minute mark. Unfortunately, this comes off such a haunting track that it clashes widly with your expectations. But, variety is definitely not neglected on this release. “Immortalizing the Nine” actually moves at a mid-tempo pace after a crushing start that better fits the expectations laid out by “Untergumental Grasp.” The infectious rhythm in the guitars will have headbangers everywhere banging their heads in unison through much of the song, though some passages are handled in a way that you’ll end up slipping out of reality, put into a trance, or even a literal deeep slee[p from the hypnotizing drum patterns.
Yayla may be churning albums out rather quick, but it seem that Emir ToÄŸrul knows very well what he’s doing. For an Ambient driven Black Metal album, Nihaihayat ends up being an interesting and varied release. This keeps the album fresh from track to track, but sometimes the atmospheres don’t quite match, jerking you between worlds and pulling you out of the recording at times. A lot of the emotional impacts end up subtle, but still strong enough to get the job done, ranging from paranoia, to even knocking you out through hypnotizing droning patterns. Of course, this is definitely more of a niche recording, but if this kind of Metal is your thing, then it is definitely worth checking out and soon since a new album is more than likely already in the works, and Nihaihayat is an album not worth neglecting when that happens.
01. Integumental Grasp – 5:10
02. Through the Sigil of Hate – 12:55
03. Immortslizing the Nine – 13:17
04. Disguises of Evil – 15:08
05. In Senility – 5:07
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10