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Nicta
Dark Days Rip the Light
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 9/18/2003
Power metal with black metal additions
Nicta is a young power metal band from Italy, formed from the ashes of Moska. They seem to be in a transitional phase in line-up and I would say it also shows in them musically as well. In addition to their highly melodic, epic sound, they've incorporated some black metal style screeching and some thrash breaks. There is a liberal use of keyboards, but the aggressive power guitar work keeps it from the level of the more symphonic stuff out there.

Enuma Elish--is a power-prog number based on a 12th century Babylonian/Mesopotamic poem. Given the grand scale of the material, their music rightfully has a lot of change-ups and movements. The vocals sounded a little high for me to make out the words without a lyric sheet, but I really liked the use of the black vocals.

Wrathful--seems a bit confused on what it wants to be. It started with a great speed riff that could've carried the entire song then fell into slower minor riffs that really oppose the pissed-off lyrical content.

Divine Deception--flowed melodically enough that I don't think it needed its stand alone black parts.

The Darkest Inner Shadow--more raw in sound and consisting of light/heavy parts that use more black vocals than regular. Keys are more for background than lead riffs. It's the most consistent and the best of the CD.

Nicta definately has some power metal talent. I haven't heard that much power metal with black metal additions to say whether it's a trend or not, but given the multitudes of bands that still sound like Helloween, any attempt to expand the genre with parts of another is a welcome one.
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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