Nightfall Doom Metal are an interesting anomaly in the music scene for several reasons, the main one being that they are a duo of Brazilian musicians who have recently and at a mature age turned to funeral doom, using this sound to convey their deep spirituality. If Bela Buia de Beaurepaire Rohan is the conceptual and lyrical soul of the duo, the entire musical section is performed by Percy Hatschbach, who has made quite a name for himself in his homeland by dedicating himself to blues. From such a basis, what comes out is a funeral sui generis, in which the metal component is somewhat reduced, being mostly overshadowed by a more atmospheric and rarefied approach, where the voices (Bela Buia’s is more declamatory, while Percy opts for a very deep timbre) have a recitative function. Nightfall Doom Metal debuted with their first full-length, Where Sad Souls Dwell, in 2019, and the following they released Memories, putting two works of considerable depth on the plate at the very first time; the new Echoes in Infinity is the work that, stylistically speaking, is most faithful to their declarations of intent: the sound offered is without any equivocation referable to a melodic funeral, atmospheric and above all inspired, from which transpires a spontaneous approach, maybe at times naive, but beyond doubt clear and as already said imbued with a spirituality that leads to deepen the lyrical content of the album. More specifically, it’s no coincidence that one of the tracks, Jissô, is dedicated to Masaharu Taniguchi, founder of Seicho-No-Iê, a syncretist religious philosophy that, outside of the scholar’s homeland, has gathered a large number of followers in Brazil. All the aspects and nuances mentioned, musical and otherwise, come together with a fresh approach to the subject and little or no derivation, precisely because Bela Buia and Percy have arrived in these musical lands without drawing on particular sources of inspiration and without conditioning; all this can be understood from their compositions that may not be entirely welcomed by those who prefer the funeral in its most orthodox expressions, both musically and conceptually, since the progression, however, painful sound of Nightfall Doom Metal expresses on the one hand a melancholic pain produced by people, things and memories lost but, at the same time, is pervaded by the hope arising from the spirituality that the duo expresses with conviction. Echoes in Infinity could be a welcome surprise, so I invite everyone to get an idea using the usual bandcamp link located at the bottom of the article.
2021 – Independent
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