Novembre – Ursa – Album Review

Artist: Novembre Album Title: Ursa Label: Peaceville Records Date Of Release: 1 April 2016 This album has proved to be one of the most difficult to write during 2016 so far. And the reason for this is the simple fact that this album has had me torn in two for such a long time. However, […]

RochaNews: Novembre

“URSA” out April 1 on Peaceville
ITALY – Novembre, Italy’s atmospheric death/doom metal purveyor, has teamed up with to launch a new track, “Bremen,” from its upcoming seventh studio album, URSA, which is due out on April 1 via Peaceville. Stream “Bremen” exclusively at:
Founding member and writer Carmelo Orlando commented on the track: “‘Bremen’ is probably the most ‘Death Metal’ of all the songs on our new album, ‘URSA.’ It starts with an early-Maiden-ian arpeggio and then it attacks with a crushing riff which takes good part of the song. There’s plenty of vocal harmonies. Fifths mainly, so medieval! Lyrically I took inspiration from the novel ‘Town Musicians of Bremen’ by the Brothers Grimm, a bedtime story whose morals are about exploitation of our fellow man.”
An additional URSA track, “Umana,” can be streamed on YouTube at:
URSA is available to pre-order on CD and LP from the Peaceville webstore at: Pre-orders also come with a bonus free three track EP ‘Annoluce’ plus two exclusive tracks.
URSA was recorded at Blue Noise Studio and PlayRec studio by Massimiliano Pagliuso, then mixed and mastered at Unisound Studios by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath). Cover art comes courtesy of Travis Smith.
1. Australis
2. The Rose
3. Umana
4. Easter
6. Oceans of Afternoons
7. Annoluce
8. Agathae
9. Bremen
10. Fin
After a period of inactivity since 2007’s The Blue, which involved the departure of longstanding member Giuseppe Orlando, Novembre returns with a new set of potent and poignant tracks, effortlessly transitioning between soothing, epic, melancholy and intense, from what is one of the originators of the whole atmospheric death/doom scene. Headed by founding member and writer Carmelo Orlando, and with a reinvigorated musical alliance with Massimiliano Pagliuso, the line-up is completed by Fabio Fraschini (previously bassist on the Materia album) and David Folchitto on drums. There is also a special guest appearance from Anders Nyström of the Swedish doom master Katatonia, adding his own unique ‘cold’ touch to the album’s single track “Annoluce.”
Added Carmelo Orlando: “This album is a very important step in my life. It got me closer to what some may call ‘maturity.’ I’ve been able to delve even deeper into the chasm of the subconscious and unearth gems I didn’t think existed. Lyrically and conceptually I explored new shores. I moved my ever-inwards headlights, and for the first time I dared to point them outwards, against the squalor of this Orwellian apocalypse we’re committing towards the Earth and its sons, on a daily basis, in quasi-total indifference.”
The seeds of Novembre were originally planted in September 1990 in Rome, Italy. Then known as Catacomb, its early recordings of unusual gothic doom metal were to quickly gain the band interest. It was around 1993 that the band decided that a name change was in order and Novembre was born, evolving into one of the premiere European atmospheric doom bands.
Stay tuned for more information on Novembre and URSA, out next week on Peaceville.
Novembre is:
Carmelo Orlando – guitar, vocals
Massimiliano Pagliuso – guitar
Fabio Fraschini – bass
David Folchitto – drums
Novembre online: