ARTIST:

NOVENA

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

ELEVENTH HOUR

(2020)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Growl, High-pitched vocals, Technical
"Successful first album for Novena which represents with dignity the progressive kind with a real know-how and a remarkable versatility."
DARIALYS (10.03.2020)  
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If Ross Jennings is now known as the emblematic figure of the progressive metal band Haken, the singer has more recently become involved in a new musical adventure within Novena. After a first EP, "Secondary Genesis", released in 2016, the London-based sextet released their debut album "Eleventh Hour" this year.

The first contact was made with the single 'Disconnected', released at the beginning of the year. A rather logical choice since it is part of the more pop side of Haken and will not be without reminding the joyful atmosphere of the track 'Earthrise' released on "Affinity". The second single, 'Sun Dance', already a little more electric and more rock than the previous one, is especially carried by a good chorus very promising. An encouraging start, then, before listening to the rest of the album.

Who says progressive metal often says no borders, and Novena has understood this. From the first real track '2259', (the intro '2258' being a kind of instrumental one-minute soundtrack), the diversity of the compositions is obvious. An opening to a multi-voice chorus, from pop verses to a powerful growl, in two minutes Novena sets the stage for an album with a progressive nature. The album's highlights include 'Lucidity' and its ten minutes, which also crosses many musical borders. Piano intro, growls, clean vocals and cleverly composed vocal lines, before a thunderous finale. Also, the English don't hesitate to experiment and to cross styles as they like to do on 'Corazon' where in the middle of the title, we find a solo... of clapping hands on Spanish flamenco guitar where even a female vocal in Spanish resounds!

On a more personal note, the end of the album seems a little less successful with two long tracks of 10 and 15 minutes quite average. 'The Tyrant' still has some interesting sections, but 'Prison Walls' and its fifteen minutes duration doesn't reach the desired climax, even if the listening of the track is generally pleasant.

For a first album, it's a very good operation for the British. Ross Jennings being very busy with his number one project Haken, Novena is certainly likely to limit itself to an occasional side-project status, and that's too bad! A band to follow for all progressive fans.


More informations on https://www.facebook.com/novenabanduk/



SIMILAR BANDS:
HAKEN


TRACK LISTING:
01. 22:58 - 0:59
02. 22:59 - 8:00
03. Sun Dance - 4:35
04. Disconnected - 5:23
05. Sail Away - 4:30
06. Lucidity 10:28
07. Corazón - 8:26
08. Indestructible - 4:48
09. The Tyrant - 10:31
10. Prison Walls - 15:18

LINEUP:
Cameron Spence: Batterie
Dan Thornton: Guitares
Gareth Mason: Chant
Harrison White: Guitares / Claviers
Moat Lowe: Basse
Ross Jennings : Chant
   
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