KEI (Vocals), Shoyū (Drums) and Kanvis (Bass) from Cincinnati in the USA are the triangular-metal band NIL x NOIR.
Webbed spells of sound pour into the room akin to the The Weyward Sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and similarly reflect as witness statements to darkness, chaos and conflict, in the world around.
The dramatic reaches of – both throaty and floaty vocal surrounded by equally flighty bass which at one moment is drilling into the concrete, the next crooning strokes to the ear, is not disfigured by a guitar that may slide from gentle caress to a barrier of sound in a chord whilst drum kit spreads from battered skins to teased steel – allow NIL x NOIR to deliver their construct of how they find in their lives which careens between calmness and buffeting storm.
It is their ability to reconstruct the deconstruction of societal ties that gives their brooding menacing sound such particular relevance and adds much to the world of musical commentary of the realities of life, rather then the temerity of existence.
A couple of releases behind them – each occurring in May, a year apart discovers this year in THE WORLD IS IN CHAOS (available on bandcamp) – NIL x NOIR have refined their shadowy presence by slowing down the pace and discarding the vocoder and electronics to deliver a soundtrack for the ’10s that needs to be preserved in aspic for future generations. My only wish, inevitably, is that the unnecessary capitalisation disappeared as I can’t see it does anything other than detract from the impact of the material and seems a little childish. Though as you know I equally find irrelevant exclamation marks which remind me of children stomping their feet in the playground, detracting from the impact of what may have been a relevant sentence and most certainly not enhancing, ergo becoming nothing more than an irritation diminishing the core message.
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