Content: Inspired by ‘nature mysticism’, Nubiferous for sure is a familiar project for all lovers of ritual music experiences. The Russian project is already active since 1999 and can look back on an impressive discography.
Their newest work has been released as a collaboration by two Russian labels (Post Tenebras Musica and :Vegivsir Music) and a French label (Le Crépuscule du Soir). The result is worthy of examination featuring a DVD digipak format limited to 499 copies.
Elements of nature –probably resulting from field recordings, are noticeable elements on this work and takes off with aquatic sounds on “Clandestine.” The track rapidly evolves into a dark mysterious and definitely ritual style. There’s a great progression in sound and structure running through this piece, which is mainly animated by a chilling flute. The ritual character always comes back and directly reaches a climax at “Temple Of The Sun.” The cadence is pretty tribal like while ritual influences created by bells and freaky flutes bring this composition into frightful place.
“Mana” is filled with disturbing sound passages, which seem to invite the listeners to join imaginary nightmarish images. “Edge Of Summer” has a very strong visual appeal in the genre. The title track sounds more like conceived for a soundtrack and it reminds me a bit of the chilling passages running through the Mel Gibson movie “Apocalypto”. There’s a strong call from the forest(s) emerging from this song, which mainly comes through in field recordings of birds. Together with the dark creation of the music they seem to announce a nearby disaster… like an apocalypse.
The last tracks remain pretty dark and ritual-like. Metallic loops run through “Valun”, which also reveals great repetitive sequences. The last cut “1401” is an interesting one for its sound manipulations, but it’s maybe a bit too long and repetitive.
Conclusion: “Mana” is a poignant ritual exposure by a confirmed and talented band in the genre.
Best songs: “Temple Of The Sun”, “Mana”, “Valun”, “Edge Of Summer”.