Cóndor – Nadia

condor-nadiaOne of the enduring critiques of modern metal bands is their lack of stylistic coherence. The mashing of various genres and influences over the course of an album with no unifying principle produces a product that is difficult to absorb from start to finish.

On their newly released album Nadia, Cóndor attempt to solve this dilemma by creating what may best be described as contemplative metal. Composed with a purpose, the metal sections of the album album consist primarily of low-to-mid-paced riffs ranging the gamut from doom, death, and black metal. These are complimented by influences from progressive rock, in which tonal contrasts add nuance and a way of connecting differing parts within the album.

What this band does well is elegantly shaping this vast array of influences into a package that is understandable and actually enjoyable to listen to. Everything is structured with care and attention, avoiding the “genres in a blender” sensation that many of their contemporaries produce. Throughout the span of a single track, snapshots of each moment lead organically into the next, while low-pitched vocals provide a sturdy framework and induce continuity. At the conclusion of the album, the listener feels as if he experienced something meaningful, which is at the heart of metal and unfortunately is something that often seems missing among contemporary bands.

Curmudgeons (of which the author admittedly is) will initially be put off by the non-metal elements and unorthodox structure. However, when viewed in context of the whole, these fall into place and do achieve meaning within the album, producing something both the strident Hessian and modern metal fan can appreciate.

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10 thoughts on “Cóndor – Nadia

  1. Make sure to give Cóndor a listen by clicking on the following link!


  2. eman says:

    This is beautiful, and I use that word with full awareness of all the weight implied. My spirit is crushed, then lifted, crushed, lifted. The interplay between minor and major melodies is *exquisite* to say the least. The constant shifting between sound-moods is like the activity in my own brain.

    Even the Black Sabbath riffs sound like they are exactly where they should be.

    I like how they thank Martin Heidegger and Felix Mendelssohn on their bandcamp. Downloading now: Many thanks for this recommendation!

  3. fallot says:

    Whatever my disinclination towards progressive rock tendencies, this band makes it work, at least in the song linked in the article. Beautiful indeed.

    1. fallot says:

      Though a little maudlin at times.

      1. fallot says:

        All the time…

  4. BAUSN says:

    Just downloaded the album after such an intriguing review. It is definitely worth a listen: with gripping guitars (“Eowyn” is remarkable) down-to-earth basslines and honest drumming, it can only be assumed that this album was carefully crafted. The lyrics are my personal highlight.

  5. fenrir says:

    After several listens, this shines even more. Recommended for anyone who missed it.
    Rock sensibilities in some details (guitar solos), but make no mistake, the sections, the songs and the album is a metal journey.

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