Nuit – “Time of Innocence” EP (2012)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Nuit is a duo (male and female) hailing from France. Their debut EP is titled “Time of Innocence” and the band plays what might be described as Gothic, Darkwave and Ambient music. Make no mistake about it, to call them a heavy metal band might be a bit of a stretch.

Some of the stuff that this French duo performs throughout the 22-minute EP is quite interesting and – for better or for worse – unique. The five songs presented here have a very deliberate, melancholic pacing. The vocals are split pretty evenly between Anthony who’s got a deep Gothic tone to his voice – in addition to supplying vocals he also plays nearly all of the instruments, he’s a pretty talented guy. The female vocals are performed by Camille. At times she reminds me of Anneke van Giersbergen – her voice and vocal range is a little bit higher than the Agua de Annique vocalist, but there are some similarities. From the opening track “The Grey Clock” it becomes apparent that Nuit has a pretty dark thing going in their music. The songs are pretty mellow and sorrowful.

I am not going to say that Nuit will be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are very good at playing ethereal, Gothic music and they are definitely a must for fans of The 3rd and the Mortal (remember them?), Dead Can Dance and latter day Anneke era The Gathering. “Time of Innocence” definitely breaks the metal mold and Nuit walks down their own dark path.

Rating – 70/100

 

Tracklist

  1. The Grey Clock
  2. Mystic River
  3. Windy
  4. Abeus
  5. Petit Soldat

 

Line Up

  • Camille – Vocals
  • Anthony – Vocals, Guitar, Bass &  Keyboards

 

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