Névoa - Re Un (2016, Avantgarde Music)
For anyone who has ever gone fishing, one knows that to grab a fish once it is hooked you must be wearing a glove or taking it on board with a net. The music of Névoa from Portugal, a young duo of multi-instrumentalists, might be like the fishing metaphor. Meaning they get from Black Metal to Doom with Sludge passages in the four songs of their new record titled Re Un.
The feeling I get from this record is something that feels unfinished and I kind of fear that the band doesn’t want to actually embrace one thing but to push so many buttons at once. It is clunky and far from being a piece that seems matured. They also suffer from being the ‘’enth’’ band to do that in the last year. The mix of Black/Doom/Sludge/etc. has been visited and revisited and it already started to fade.
It might be the writer of those lines that is getting older, but I think that the blend or fusion of genres is not always the best solution to get creative or to get a wider audience. As much as I love Black Metal in almost all of its forms, I think that it is a very difficult genre to actually render in an interesting and skillful manner. It explains the particular case of Re Un.