Nectura - Awake To Decide
Nectura – Awake To Decide

Nectura – Awake To Decide
Label: Off The Records
Album Rating: 4/5

From the start Nectura looks like a young band with no doubt about it’s own quality. The band is fronted by ex-members of Beside, a metal veteran band from Bandung. Wrapped in cool visual artworks and soft shades of white on the album packaging, Awake To Decide covers may fool many fans of metal. But please, listen to the guitarist duo, Abo and Hinhin, who are very skillful both in the riffing and the solo parts. Vocalist Owank can sing and shout equally well. Throughout this album, Nectura is without a doubt quite successful in performing some really neat and sweet melodic death metal.

If you´re a fan of bands like Soilwork, Sonic Syndicate or Chimaira – then you will probably unconditionally love this album and Nectura will become your favorite new band. Special guest performances by artists like Risa Saraswati [Sarasvati], Vicky Mono [Burgerkill], Addy Gembel [Forgotten], and Nicko [Ballerina] are all adding their flavour, making this release even more perfect.

Awake To Decide is a harmony collection stored in a white Pandora´s box and it´s played well by the skilled hands of the dark-shirted guys. We warned you, the album is a fair deal, and a promising Indonesian melodic metal act has arisen!

*****

Sejak awal, Nectura tampak seperti debutan yang sudah tidak perlu diragukan lagi mutunya. Sebab band ini digawangi oleh tiga kepala alumni dari Beside, salah satu veteran metal kota Bandung. Dibalut dengan visualisasi kemasan album yang bernuansa putih dan lembut, Awake To Decide tetap bisa merongrong bagi telinga cadas mana pun. Simak duet gitaris Abo dan Hinhin yang sangat memanjakan telinga, baik dalam sesi riff maupun melodi. Vokalis Owank pun bisa bernyanyi dan berteriak dengan sama baiknya. Lewat album ini, Nectura boleh dibilang cukup berhasil jika dituntut untuk menggambarkan musik melodik metal yang tereksekusi dengan rapi dan manis.

Semudah itu pula menggiring penggemar Soilwork, Sonic Syndicate, atau Chimaira untuk supaya menyukai album ini tanpa syarat. Tamu-tamu spesial seperti Risa Saraswati [Sarasvati], Vicky Mono [Burgerkill], Addy Gembel [Forgotten], dan Nicko [Ballerina] yang menyumbang kredit di sejumlah lagu tentu ikut menambah daya tarik rilisan ini.

Awake To Decide menjadi kumpulan harmoni yang tersimpan baik dalam kotak pandora putih dan dimainkan secara memikat oleh tangan-tangan terampil yang berkaos gelap.

Track List

1. Bless Nectura
2. The Uprising Ehcoes
3. Untruth
4. Reign The Bastard
5. Awake To Decide
6. From Dusk Till Down
7. Threat Minority
8. Passive, Agressive, Bullshit
9. Crossing Coward
10. Restart Refresh Rebuild
11. Touch The Light

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