From DARK CLOUDS to NADIR.
Bio and discography
NADIR is a doomcore and death metal outfit hailing from Budapest, Hungary. Nadir is Viktor Tauszik at vocals, Norbert Czetvitz and Hugó Köves at guitars, Ferenc Gál at bass and Szabolcs Fekete at drums. The band was founded by guitarist and songwriter Norbert Czetvitz in 1993.
It transitioned from original name Dark Clouds being mainly influenced by the British and Scandinavian doom metal of the mid 90s, especially by Tiamat and their 1992 album Clouds.
Dark Clouds band in 1996.
Gradually, more influences were introduced allowing the band to explore death metal, thrash, -core soundscapes and hardcore following the steps of Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Crowbar and Overkill. The sound evolved to an extent until Dark Clouds was no longer a good match for such a music output, so in 2004 the name turned into Nadir.
Nadir have an extensive live experience and shared the stage with Crowbar, Pro-Pain, Stampin’ Ground, Master, D.R.I., Vader, Krisiun, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Kataklysm, Dead Congregation, Merauder and Entombed.
Nadir band in 2018.
With more than 15 years of music under their belt, the band achieved many releases: Tenacity (2005), We, The Scum Of The Earth split EP (2006), Those Who Bought The Rain (2008), Lotus Eaters split EP (2009), Eco-ethic (2010), Underground Heroes cover album (2011), Exitus (2012), A Lasting Dose Of Venom EP (2013), Ventum Iam Ad Finem Est (2015), The Sixth Extinction (2017) and brand new Honour The Cavalry EP (2018).
Concept albums, lyrical inspiration and themes
NADIR are a brutal outfit on the outside, also revealing an insight of friendship and chemistry among its members as well as spreading meaningful messages with their music.
The lyrical themes scattered along Nadir’s discography discuss the matters of global existence such as society issues and the relationship between mankind and nature. Nadir came out with their very first concept album titled Ventum Iam Ad Finem Est in 2015, where the band approaches the story of mankind and his relation to nature since the ancient times of harmony and balance of the planet. This is analyzed from a deterioration point of view, until the last phase: The Great Sixth Extinction Of Species On Earth, caused by mankind. The record draws to a close with track The Sixth Extinction. From there, the band follows up with a new concept album in 2017 continuing the analysis. Taking the name from the mentioned last track, full-length The Sixth Extinction, discusses along its tracks topics as overfishing, overhunting, destruction of the environment, pollution, the destruction for the environment by human being, mankind vs. nature. It approaches extinction from different aspects, features and causes, in a relatively short period of time as compared to the historical overview in the previous record.
On 11th November 2018, on the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, Nadir brought out a collection of four tracks called Honour the Cavalry EP only available online and downloadable for free. I had the pleasure of reviewing the record for our readers.
SICK AND SOUND also reviewed The Sixth Extinction album and had the chance to have a chat with Viktor Tauszik to explore in depth the themes and features, the band and their sound. For all reviews and our interview with NADIR, please check out: www.sickandsound.it/category/artists/nadir.
NADIR. HONOUR THE CAVALRY.
More than two decades of music and meaningful reflections
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of a career of sonic progression and personal evolution, Nadir are taking out Honour The Cavalry EP, to reflect upon life and creation and against the odds of a chronically sick society and social models. Looking back to the journey of life, Nadir has evolved around perseverance, continuous dedication and personal development improved by awareness and consciousness. Mistakes are not meant to be dwelled upon, but involved in a journey of personal growth.
Following the steps of the previous records, Nadir focuses on introspection and once again make use of the image of the horse, depicted in most of the band’s discography covers. The horse is an ancient symbol of honour, grace, beauty, nobility, strength, power and freedom. Spread among a worldwide spectrum of cultures and traditions, the horse granted mankind victory and conquests as a loyal companion along human conflicts and wars. A honourable fellow as part of the human history and symbol of reverence.
NADIR. HONOUR THE CAVALRY.
Track by track review
The record starts with The Voice Inside and a haunting pipe organ crafting the dense atmosphere of the whole track. The eldritch intro builds a short climax to allow an equally spine-chilling guitar to take over, soon after allowing Viktor’s ominous harsh vocals to be introduced. Evolving around a slow doom pace, the guitars play a central role in keeping up the haunting atmosphere with some languishing riffs, extending on the surface of the song with liquid consistency and dark textures. Riffing also contributes to the fabulous catchiness of the chorus and the melodic intersections of the whole track. It is build on a double structure of: doom verses – melodic chorus – doom post-chorus. No surprise if you will find yourself singing along the catchy chorus: “Let the voice inside be the guide, you can rely on, when the voice inside fades away, then you’re dying”.
The main theme of self reflection and inner wisdom upon a journey of more than two decades of music and life is discussed since this very first track. Twenty five years have gone and the individual needs to stop and realize how he got this far straying from the path, the personal choices creating his future and the unexpected occurrences in life.
Listen to Nadir – Honour The Cavalry EP – The Voice Inside:
Badge of Honour shows another side of the coin, of the badge actually. The intro picks up the pace from where the previous one has left with some darting drums and bold guitars. Still showcasing the same doom features, it also revolves around a variable rhythmic pattern which allows the track to speed up and slow down. The instrumental sections display full-blast drums and razor-sharp riffing, side by side with phlegmatic verses and gnarling vocals. Raw emotion on the thunderous growl sings about the human wounds and scars to be shown and worn with pride, as a badge of honour.
Opening with a heavy-metal flair riffing, third track New Found Revelations soon explodes into a chugging guitar and hammering drums. While getting hypnotized by the swirling guitar on the verses and punched by the chorus, a brief suspension bridge also introduces a few sections where the listener is exposed to stiff instrumental adherence of the bass-guitar-drums triplet pounding at the 2,46 mark, and twice after the 3,42 mark. A long growl on the word “Go” triggers the stomp on the instrumental triplet on “take it – to – the real world”. As compared to the previous tracks, this one has slightly more hermetic lyrics discussing the stories of life, youth, passion and truth considered as revelations. A brutal track, with a creative outro of clean guitar.
Listen to Nadir – Honour The Cavalry EP – New Found Revelations:
Gliding towards even more unfathomable lyrics, Witch Hunts and Show Trials is a mysterious, arcane track introduced by a vintage movie excerpt. With little space for melody, the track is soaked up in a pitch black atmosphere and brutality. A constant tremolo picking throughout the song conveys that overwhelming sense of discomfort and uneasiness. Here the lyrics discuss – via the picturesque reminiscence of the witches prosecution – the theme of standing up for oneself in the uniqueness we own. As the witches were haunted, we may be the ones who will be chased for marching to our own drum, stray individuals who society wants to conform to its socials models and wipe out of the world.
Nadir is a metal act knocking around for more than two decades now, you can tell by the mastery and refined techniques which are always to be find with no letups in each and every release. With Honour The Cavalry EP the band is still on top of meaningful lyrical themes and a relatable self reflection journey conveyed by thick atmospheres and that right dose of brutality making a lasting impression. Happy 25th anniversary Nadir.
Suggested tracks: The Voice Inside, New Found Revelations
Listen to Nadir – Honour The Cavalry EP:
Nadir – Honour The Cavalry EP tracklist:
1. The Voice Inside
2. Badge of Honour
3. New Found Revelations
4. Witch Hunts and Show Trials
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