Warning: high technical level! French four-piece Nerv hurl the listener into a dystopian world consisting of furious, angry and complex music.
Although marketed mainly as hardcore, this reminds me more of djent stuff. Meshuggah are not far away in terms of alienating syncopation and monotonous, yet complex and ear challenging punishment of instruments and throats. The first track of the album is called Cathars. Is that short for catharsis? If so, then it’s appropriate!
‘Vergentis in Senium’ does become a cathartic experience very quickly. If singer Christophe Denhez had been in front of me right now, I would have asked him to stop the shouting. Honest, I would. It becomes so tiring after a short while. Not tonight, honey, I have a headache. Like.
And speaking of headaches: The inclusion of a saxophone on Savonarole is just killer. An ear killer, that is. Auch! That hurt!
Anyway, talented band, massive musicality, just too bad they play stuff that give me nightmares.
3. Catherine Deshayes
Playing time: 40 minutes
Release date: 2nd of February, 2015