September 18, 2020

Nine Black Alps - Everything Is (2005)

*European pressing. 
Contains 11 tracks total..
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Post Grunge
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© 2005 Island Records
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Sure, the world has been glutted with post-grunge groups who've shamelessly aped Nirvana, marrying a melodic sensibility to steamroller guitars and punk aggression, ever since the band broke in 1991. Yet every now and then a band comes along that simply nails the formula. Manchester, England's Nine Black Alps is such a band.
With its pummel-groove rhythms, singalong choruses, and universe of searing guitars, the band's 2006 debut, EVERYTHING IS, is as satisfying as any hard-rock record to come along since Teen Spirit was in the air. Nine Black Alps craft compelling melodies (note the haunting vocal and ringing guitar refrain of "Unsatisfied") as naturally as they lay down accelerated tempos designed to rip the listener's head off ("Shot Down;" "Cosmopolitan"), and it all works smashingly. EVERYTHING IS doesn't write any new rules--in fact it follows the old ones pretty closely--but it rocks like no one's business, and therein lies its beauty.
I guess it’s fair to say that this isn’t really black metal at all, not even experimental black metal, overall. It has too much rhythmic pulse to the extent that it is almost danceable at points; on occasion closer to an electronic or trip-hop group like Massive Attack. Nevertheless, black metal is one of the central elements in a sound that is difficult to pin down. The album is surprisingly accessible, catchy even, despite its progressive approach. An inventive and addictive record..

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