Princesse Terre (Three Studies of Silence and Death)
Company: Avantgarde Music
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Nyss creates these really great sonic soundscapes with the ambient portions that are then slowly morphed into a cold wasteland of black metal on this, their debut full-length album. The formula for each track is pretty much the same, with each one starting out with this really eerie yet beautiful ambient section that gives way to "angry bees" black metal. The black metal portions are quite decent, using both fast and mid-paced tempos to drive the music along. Vocally, the rasps are what you come to expect but there are clean, almost choral vocals that are sprinkled in that are a bit unsettling and well-utilized. The production is also very good, allowing things to blend together in a very natural sounding mix without sacrificing quality. Nyss is definitely a band to keep your eyes and ears on. Go and give 'Princesse Terre' a spin, I think you'll find it to be something that will stick with you after you've heard it.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.