I had roughly compared their last album "Classica" with OPETH and I am not really wrong, if I do the same with "Novembrine Waltz", the fourth album of Italian NOVEMBRE. The info cites KATATONIA, OPETH and ANATHEMA and is either equally right or wrong. Of course the comparison with OPETH is a little daring, but still, it is the band that stands next to NOVEMBRE soundwise...
OK, the band, which has shrunk to trio-size, has consequently developed away from Death Metal ever since their foundation and also since the last album. But they do not forget their roots, it's just that this style now is only a part of the overall sound, which is impressing by a remarkable range of influences. But they do not go as far as OPETH with their experiments, so they might also appeal to people, who could or would not get into the Swedes' sound.
The gentlemen Orlando, Orlando and Cristiani combine emotional, acoustic passages with heavy Metal, clean, expressive vocals with sometimes pretty harsh Death-screams and -growls or just whispers, intricate guitar-parts with gripping riffs and elude the common schemes to create their own soundscape. Here NOVEMBRE do not make the mistake of trying to press all of these elements into one song, but they manage to harmonically amalgamate the different parts, as surprising as they might come at times, like a sudden outburst as on "Child Of The Twilight". Within this the band shows a remarkable feeling for catchy, but never flat melodies and a good flow in the songs, which range up to more than eight minutes.
That they don't do what you might expect of a band also is shown in the new interpretation of the Kate Bush-classic "Cloudbursting", supported by former THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL-singer Ann-Mari Edvardsen the song has been clad in suiting e-guitars and crunchy drums, sometimes used as double-bass. Really great version, because the atmosphere of the original has not been destroyed, like so many examples of other bands show.
Apart from this, just like with the previous album, it is difficult to pick out single songs, because the variability of each song is an artwork for its own, but apart from "Cloudbursting" try out the opener "Distances" or "Flower", which both showcase the NOVEMBRE-sound very well.
Who hasn't gotten into OPETH because of their complexity and experimentalism or just wants to hear a different, a little less complex version of the Swedes or just wants to feed his player with very good, variable and still quite demanding music, "Novembrine Waltz" is your album!