Release date: May 1st 2006
Doomy stuff

Rating: 88/100
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Reviewed by:
Thomas Nielsen
May 27th 2006

Right now, my wife has turned on the telly and they’re showing a reprise of the 2006 Eurovision Contest. Lordi are waving the flag of cock rock and bad taste with their not-so-great winner tune “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. And again this makes me think that there’s so much classy and original music out there in the metal ranks and why, oh, why does it have to be something like the Finnish clowns that represent rock music when we finally make a real entry on people’s TV screens across Europe ?  

Take someone like Rome’s doom metallians Novembre. Now a band like that made and entry that would make a difference. 

A quick shift through my CD collection told me that the last time I checked out Novembre was in 1999 when they released “Classica”. Truth be told, the effort was not one that stayed clear in your memory for long, however solid it was. “Materia” is definitely more memorable. Gone are the growling vocals of the past (excluding a passage in the song “Aquamarine”) and instead Novembre has moved along the lines of Katatonia with a more mellow and controlled style that suits them a lot.  

“Materia” reminds me quite a bit of Katatonia’s “The Great Cold Distance” with it’s repressed and melancholy power, but if nothing else, then Romans separate themselves from the Swedes by singing mostly in Italian. In places the use of this beautiful language just adds an extra dimension to the album.  

As albums go, “Materia” is a full and rounded effort that can only open doors for Novembre – although probably not in the Eurovision sense…