This CD, “Visions”, is the fourth full-length album of the Russian two-man band NAUTHISURUZ. The peculiar thing is that it was one of three albums released by the duo in 2008 alone. Even if this album is released by a label, NAUTHISURUZ gives me the impression of a very active underground project. Anyway, the music of this release is built upon three things: guitars, some vocals and a lot of programming. At the innermost core of the music there is a heritage from Black Metal, but the layers around it are much more prevalent. These are electronic, symphonic and ambient and all made the artificial way, just as the drumming, which goes from good old Metal drumming to electronic thumping.
The guitars are mostly working behind the programmed music and there isn’t much singing. Many songs are entirely instrumental or ... erhm ... programmed. There are spoken vocals, growls and half-growled shouts. They don’t add much of their own, but they fit nicely into the whole. The strength of the album is the melody-making. The programmed melodies work really well and sometimes the guitars get to participate as well. The artificial melody-making works with many different sounds, organs, symphony, electronic beats, ambient soaring keyboard and other things along that line. Another good thing is that the tempo is not constant. Many bands with Ambient musical ideas seem stuck with a low tempo, but this album accelerates and calms down from song to song.
This is an album with much atmosphere and good melodies, but without anything that really grips the listener. I also feel that the actual Metal is hidden a bit too deep beneath layer upon layer of artificial atmosphere. I would go as far as to say that SUMMONING and DIMMU BORGIR are much more direct in delivering the actual Metal music at the bottom than NAUTHISURUZ. Those who like different music may enjoy this. I most certainly don’t dislike it, but I can’t shake the somewhat “faked” feeling.
(Online November 30, 2009)