Nostalgie Depression are a band from Chile that plays a very depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Grays Days... Sad Happiness" which was released by Depressive Illusions Records.
Thunder and rain sounds start off the album along with some tortured human noises and drones in the background which dominate the first track and on the second song keyboards and spoken word parts which are also used on some of the later tracks as well are added onto the recording and while the first 2 songs are in more of an experimental direction the music on the third song is where the black metal influence starts to kick in a little bit.
You can hear a decent amount of melody in the guitar riffing at times along with some clean playing being added into certain sections of the recording and there are also a few songs on the recording that are very long and epic in length and when screams are added into the music they are high pitched depressive black metal vocals and there are also saw blast beats and melodic guitar leads being added into the music at times.
Most of the tracks are a more experimental style of depressive black metal and the keyboards seem to have a more powerful sounding presence in the beginning than guitars on this recording and when they are utilized they bring in a very fast, raw and heavy sound to the recording and are a huge highlight when they are utilized and they start becoming a bigger of the album halfway throughout the recording and on some of the tracks the vocals also start to add in more deeper parts, while the later tracks start adding in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Nostalgie Depression creates some very original sounding music on this recording having its roots mostly in depressive black metal which dominates a good portion of the recording while also bringing in other tracks that are more in an ambient or experimental direction which also makes this a very diverse recording for the DSBM genre, the production has a very dark and raw sound while the lyrics cover misanthropy, hate, death and depression themes.
In my opinion Nostalgie Depression are a very great sounding depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Drowning In Depression" "Blasphemia" "Dark Skies" and "Endless Stormy". 8 out of 10.