by: Juuso Viljanen
Great music is always easy to spot. It makes you smile, gives you chills and/or goosebumps, makes you dance so that you don’t even notice it and many other ways. Nicumo’s debut album’s first track ‘Follow Me’ gave me the greatest chills of my life. And if this is what happens when listening to the very first track, what happens with the rest of the album?
Ok, chills weren’t that bad for the rest of the album, but it’s still excellent album. Nicumo has lots of atmospheric elements in their music, but strongest of them all is despair and sadness. At least that’s what it sounds like. Or what do you think about song titles such as ‘Devil’, ‘My Bullet’ and ‘Kills Me’?
Music could be described as a melodic, atmospheric mix of rock and metal. It’s not too brutal for those who aren’t into growl lyrics or blastbeats, and also not too soft for those who like it aggressive. I can hear influences of bands like Before The Dawn and Swallow The Sun on ‘The End Of Silence’. Although the music rocks and the musicians are talented, getting used to the growled vocals is a little bit difficult. I think there’s a little need for more training with the growling, but it’s not too bad. Clean vocals are the main thing anyway, so it’s nothing major to complain about.
Nicumo is another perfect example of young and promising Finnish metal bands to send out to conquer the world. Its atmospheric music is filled with the same despair that countless bands from this cold, dark land of neverending winters have made known to metal audiences all over the world. Founded in 2007 I’d say this band has many, many successful years ahead of them. It’s already sounding very good, and remember, this is only the beginning.