Nemesea – Uprise (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Uprise - Album CoverI did not quite know what to expect. Nemesea‘s last production The Quiet Resistance did – well – not exactly exert the metal-infused pull one would have expected. At least not on all fronts – some tracks were right there, some sort of very dark Pop Metal infected with Gothic elements. Then judging by their about-face they made with In Control away from their Gothic Metal laden style displayed in Mana, it does not bode well for future records (and boy did I love Mana…). Now The Quiet Resistance held loads of dark promise. But what about their newest and 4th full length album Uprise?Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – Mana (2004) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - Mana - Album CoverNemesea claimed a few years ago that their first studio album Mana was written and produced in somewhat of a hellfire hurry back in 2004. Thus the style kind of got aligned to the usual Gothic and Symphonic Metal outfits already at work at that time.

Only to be confronted with a result that the band did not feel wholly comfortable with. This made them change their musical direction straight after this album, a fact that became very evident in their later productions In Control and The Quiet Resistance. Their mutual soul-searching on style and direction was – as it seems – not necessarily fully evolved yet when Mana was released.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – In Control (2007) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Nemesea In Control - Album CoverI hear Amaranthe calling! Most definitely. Well, so WRONG! Yonder band did not exist yet when the 2nd studio album ‘In Control’ from Nemesea came to see the light of day. And they went straight over the edge of the flat and rocky Gothic Metal World, finding themselves in a DJane ready club world universe, where painted goblins reside.

What a change of direction going Pop Metal on me (evil tongues would say electro-pop … but I am not evil; well only sometimes). Or should we say Synthie Pop? Nope, the Metal aspect is clearly there still, whereas a bit hidden in the cupboard somewhere.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Nemesea – The Quiet Resistance (2011) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Nemesea - The Quiet Resistance - Album CoverI am torn. The record I like, yet something is bothering me – especially in the second half of the album. The 2011 concoction The Quiet Resistance of the Dutch Gothic Metal outfit Nemesea is actually not bad, but somehow it lacks some juice in some places. And mind you, compared to the former album In Control, this is a step up and much darker in style and lyrics. More oomph and energy, varied track lengths, hard and soft alternating nicely. And – I daresay – much less filled with highly synthesized pop elements. So, it should be all there right?

Still, I got an itch.

Very well interpreted by Nemesea‘s front woman Manda OphuisThe Quiet Resistance somehow comes across as Pop Metal – even if a lot of Gothic Metal is built into the tune.Got hooked? Raid this some more...