Natassievila - _Iter Lethalis_
by: Quentin Kalis (2 out of 5)
It’s hard to say whether most current black metal projects are solo missions or one-man projects, but it appears the balance is shifting towards proper bands. Good. This Italian quartet takes their cue from their chillier northern cousins to present six tracks of ice drenched black metal, sounding much like other bands that have embarked on a similar candlelit path. Therein lies the problem; how many bands in the last twelve months alone have released raw and aggressive yet atmospheric, icicle laden odes heavily indebted to the Norse giants? One cannot even begin to guess, and in the absence of anything that sounds remotely fresh or different, there is little to suspect that this will stand out from the rest. On the upside, drummer Summum Algor does a good job, and some of the patterns seem unusual for black metal, but does little to detract from the generic aura which surrounds them. Natassievila are presumably still in the process of finding their voice, but a lot more time honing their craft will be required before they will be in a position to release a full-length.


(article published 27/4/2008)

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