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Novembre: Ursa

Album Review

Italy’s masters of gloom anticipate oblivion in style

Reliable purveyors of atmospheric, deathly doom since 1990, Novembre have been heading in a more elegant and texturally diverse direction for some time now.

If Ursa indicates anything, it’s that the Italians have finally claimed some territory that is theirs alone. There are still plenty of familiar signposts to lure in fans of My Dying Bride and Katatonia, but songs like Australis and Easter feel more rounded than past efforts, as if the band’s diverse influences have coalesced into a sound that they can deliver with total conviction.

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