Netra – Ingrats (2017)

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One-man outfit Netra returns after five years to unleash the very unique “Ingrats”. Mixing Industrial/Trip-hop/jazzy elements with Black Metal, this release delivers nearly 40 minutes of exciting Avant-garde music. As with the previous Netra releases, this one will keep you at the edge of your seat always wondering what kind of surprises the songs have in store for the listener.

Opening with the mysteriously jazzy “Gimme a Break”, the band brilliantly eases the listener into being quite shocked with the savage intensity of the following track. On “Everything’s Fine”, we get the same trippy elements, but they are paired with punishing harsh vocals and intense riffing. The track again flips on the listener before finishing as it slowly eases into the trip-hoppish atmospheric interlude of “Underneath My Words, The Ruins of Yours”.

Things continue with the dreamy “Live With it”, a track that reminds us a bit of Anathema mixed with some Combichrist near the 3 minute mark. On “A Genuinely Benevolent Man”, we get a perfect balance of sexy saxophone, dreamy beats and distorted guitars to create a very thick and engaging atmosphere. Hands down the best track in this release has to be the superbly psycho-sexual “Paris Or Me”, featuring some hypnotic beats and punishing Industrial elements.

Before closing the release, Netra unleashes “Could’ve Should’ve, Would’ve”, a track that will induce nightmares with its creepy Industrial elements and contrasting atmospheric calmness. Leaving things in the similar jazzy and trippy way they started, “Jusqu'au-boutiste” is a very sinister closing piece. As a whole, “Ingrats” is a very unique release that continues to demonstrate Netra’s uncanny ability to craft impressive music while being 100% unpredictable and highly resourceful. If you like very unique and trippy music with Industrial and Black Metal elements thrown into the mix, you should definitely check this one out.

Band: Netra Album: Ingrats

Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records

Release: March 9th, 2017

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Genre: Avant-garde Black Metal / Trip-hop

Country: France / Norway

Rating: 91/100
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