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On their single "Nortii Maatu", Njiqahdda create 15 minutes and 58 seconds of atmospheric, spacey, dark, and experimental black metal. The illustrious duo keeps things at a midpaced or slower tempo for the most part on this limited cd single.
It should be noted that this song also contains some elements of space rock and field recordings and overall the result is beautiful. A dirging, down-tempo sludgy extravaganza that sees a much more black metal tinge that what this group is normally known for.
Complex, stop-on-a-dime drumming, lively (and audible!) bass lines, down-tuned angst ridden, fuzzy guitar bliss and alien-like screeched vocals. The angry depressed black metal continues for most of the track with the exception of some very interesting break points. Weird, ear-searing psychedelic guitar histrionics and clean guitars (almost acoustic sounding toward the end of the track) break up the depressed black metal plodding and head banging chaos. The balance of light and dark within this one song is amazing, almost reminiscent of early Ulver at times, eerily beautiful! The guitar solo towards the end of the track is also excellent, minimal, but fits the song perfectly.
The production is also noteworthy as all instruments are clearly heard in the mix. The sound is lo-fi, but not in a bad way at all, this track has exceptional production work that helps emphasize the amazing musicality of the song.
The track is supposed to re-appear on the upcoming 'Nji. Njiijn. Njiiijn.' full-length slated to be released towards the latter half of 2008. If this track is any indicator of what that album will be like, it could be one of the best releases of the year, bar none. An amazing musical experience and HIGHLY recommended if you can get a copy.