Noorvik

Instrumental Post/Prog/Art/Whatever Rock from Cologne, Germany.

Noorvik

Line-up / Musicians

– Hennes Ernst / guitar
– Johannes Schreiter / guitar
– Dominik Hornung / bass
– Arnd Finke / drums

Bio

Since 2016, the Cologne band Noorvik has been combining spherical melodies with hard rhythms. The quartet merges dynamic arcs of tension with progressive song structures into an experimental post-rock. Named after a city in Alaska, the eponymous debut album was released in 2018, with which Noorvik was already able to make his voice heard in the local music landscape:

“Between the anchors dance tea and steamroller, the quartet from Cologne draws up its own interpretation of post-rock, which does not have to hide from international colleagues.” (Visions, No.310)

After several live shows in Germany, her second album ‘Omission’ (Tonzonen Records) will be released in October 2019, which Noorvik will present as part of a tour of Germany in autumn 2019. On ‘Omission’, the band explores new extremes and continues to work their way forward, so that in the future there will probably be no post-road past Noorvik.

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Band – Noorvik

Discography

Omission

Omission | Noorvik (bandcamp.com)

1.Floating 08:13
2.Above 08:00
3.Hidden 09:22
4.Dark 09:49
about
Majestically floating,
a white tip above.
Utterly hidden,
the mass in the dark.
credits
released October 4, 2019

All songs written and performed by Noorvik.
Recorded, mixed and produced by David Buballa @ MobuRec, Uelversheim. Mastered by Niko Reif @ Reif-Mastering, Dossenheim
noorvikband@gmail.com

(2) Omission – YouTube

Noorvik

Noorvik | Noorvik (bandcamp.com)

1.Denali 10:20
2.Shishaldin 08:06
3.Malaspina 08:35
4.Chugach 07:29
5.Kobuk 07:18
6.Turnagain 08:18
credits
released January 12, 2018

All songs written and performed by Noorvik.
Samples on Chugach by Matt Zuvela.
Recorded, mixed and produced by David Buballa @ MobuRec, Uelversheim. Mastered by Niko Reif @ Reif-Mastering, Dossenheim

Genre: Post metal/rock
Artist: Noorvik
Album: Noorvik (January 12, 2018)
Country: Cologne, Germany
https://noorvik.bandcamp.com/album/no…​
https://www.facebook.com/noorvikband​
https://soundcloud.com/noorvik

Videos

(2) Noorvik – Denali – YouTube
(2) Noorvik – Floating – YouTube

(2) Noorvik – Tema – YouTube

Music | Noorvik (bandcamp.com)

(2) Noorvik | Facebook

Noorvik (@noorvik_official) • Fotos e vídeos do Instagram

Reviews

September 29, 2019

NOORVIK — OMISSION

“Silence is golden” is a maxim that holds much truth when it comes to an ensemble of musicians playing together. An overzealous band member can easily disturb a carefully crafted build-up or a well-balanced composition. As the Scottish author Thomas Carlyle once wrote: “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.”

This principle is most aptly illustrated by the sophomore album of German post-rock act Noorvik. Bearing the appropriate title Omission, this record was written as an exercise in the infamous loud-quiet dynamic, with the aim to make the quiet moments even more understated in order to make the louder and faster passages more impactful.

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A quick look at the tracklist of Omission seems to suggest that the album is split into two thematic halves. “Floating” and “Above” naturally tie together in an aerial theme, while “Hidden” and “Dark” come together in obscurity. The song titles are a good bearing for the imagination when listening to the album, even though the differences in sound between the four songs is subtle. “Floating” features an etherial mid-section with an airy atmosphere created by the syncopated interplay of two guitars, while “Above” really seems to be moving upward with its successive ascending notes.

Despite the daunting eight to ten minute-length of each song, Noorvik manage to captivate the listener with surprising ease presenting four sonic journeys through different moods and landscapes. However, the true beauty of this album lies not so much in its respective diminishment or embellishment of the quiet and loud passages, but more so in the interplay between the two. 

“Noorvik have delivered a record that is spectacular in its impressionistic qualities and which constitues a great step forward from their debut album.”

Through the repetition of chord progressions and slightly varying melodies, Noorvik manage to create a thoroughly coherent impressionist vision for each song and this allows them to unapologetically stop in the midst of a section and switch dynamic multiple times in one song—a feat which is normally perceived as amateurish, but which Noorvik use with true grace.

The quick changes between soft dual guitar interplay and loud post-metal riffing do indeed enhance the effectiveness of both types of dynamic, and it is this element of surprise that keeps the listener on their toes while listening to Omission. The closing part of “Above” features an unexpected outburst of heavy riffing featuring a rhythm and melody completely unrelated to the preceding song, while the blast beats on “Floating” and “Hidden” really make those songs soar. 

Noorvik are Hennes Ernst (guitars), Johannes Schreiter (guitars), Dominik Hornung (bass), and Arnd Finke (drums). Photo: Unknown.

On Omission Noorvik make use of metal stylings in a very calculated way, simply to break up the atmosphere created by clean and acoustic guitars, but they do so without excess and this is what makes the heaviness feel appropriate in these parts. During the quiet parts the guitars smoothly intertwine, gently contradicting each other’s rhythm yet coming together at just the right time to move on to the next melody.

On first thought, this beautiful interplay between guitars makes the rhythm section feel redundant, yet on second thought they simply feel overstated. Particularly the bass doesn’t need its gritty sound all the way through the album and a lot of quiet parts could’ve benefitted from a warmer tone. 

Moreover it could be argued that the quiet moments on Omission would be more effective if they werea lot quieter and just longer lasting in general. Both “Floating” and “Hidden” have an intriguing ambient intro that would have had more impact if they were longer and perhaps in the middle of a song, and “Dark” ends abruptly, but not abruptly enough to truly enhance the subsequent silence. 

Speaking as such, the band’s ultimate goal of exploring the extremities of the loud-quiet dynamic is interesting, but their search could have been taken even further. Silence is indeed the element in which great things fashion themselves together, and it is in these silent moments that Omission falls short but also shows the greatest promise. Noorvik have delivered a record that is spectacular in its impressionistic qualities and which constitues a great step forward from their debut album. With its carefully layered instrumentation and effortlessly changing dynamics Omission is a sonic journey that captivates the listener time and again.

This album is… **interesting.

Omission will be released on October 4 through Tonzonen Records. The album is available for pre-order in vinyl and CD formats via the Tonzonen Records webshop.

NOORVIK — OMISSION – blinkers removed

Brilliant German band of instrumental post metal, using layered textures of progressive, metal, art, experimental, sludge on an atmospheric background.

He released two concept albums with very well structured long melodies, full of noisy, hit, distorted, sliding, strumming strokes, an impressive bass, a drums in both times making harmonious and intense melodies, with a precise and creative virtuosity and technique.

The oscillation of styles and genres creates a soundscape with an oscillating and increasing cadence, which emerges in majestic and exquisite chords and arpeggios.

With expansive melodies that explode in feelings, exerting a refined weight that contrasts with a soft melodic line reaching a perfect vibration, his work is fantastic, providing a plunge of body and soul in each uttered chord that takes us to the edge of contemplative ecstasy.

Great work,

Aryon Maiden

Publicado por Aryon Maiden

Aficionado pela música em todos os momentos.

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