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This is one of the rare cases where an album IS just as great as the coverart. Novembre is an Italian band that plays an interesting type of melodic death metal, reminiscent of Opeth's older material. Classica is just what the title implies - a classic. This release is full of atmosphere, emotion and driving power. These tracks are quite progressive, with gothic and doom influences amidst tranquil seas of flowing melodic leads. Variety is abundant on this album, and its interesting to hear how the transitions between tracks occur in Classica, because you don't really know what type of song you're going to hear next. What you can be sure of though, is that both rock and metal lovers alike should enjoy this release.
I recently dug this out again for the first time in over two years and it has only gotten better with age, in my opinion. Novembre are masters at their craft, and although they may not be in the same league as Opeth, they are not as far behind as you'd think. This record is well produced, with each and every note resounding in gorgeous, crystal-clear power. The riffs are, of course, very catchy and diverse, as they prove they can write songs that can rival the percussive fury of death and black metal. A wonderful mix of heavily distorted and clean guitars, roaring and soft-sung vocals, and many other alternations of extremism and beauty.
--Originally written for Guitar6.com--