Acting as a bridge between albums two and three Sweden’s De Arma unveils the presence that is Nightcall a three-song EP that is both haunting and purposeful.
Stylish elegant and a true gothic music lover’s dream, Nightcall captures the essence of gothic rock and imbues it with 21st-century darkwave, the main synth line of ‘’Sunset Dreams’’ is elegant and beautiful completed by the female vocals of Maria Oja and pure eighties drums sounds. The guitar work is subtle yet passionate, nothing is overwrought coming from a place of inspiration and motivation rather than replication.
‘’Shame Drifter’’, “maintains the balance between the original and the new, at times recalling the spirit of Depeche Mode, Fields of the Nephilim, and Anathema, Andreas Pettersson’s vocals are the connection between the listener and the sweeping soundscapes. Authoritative yet also restrained trading passionate lines with the guitar work of ‘’After Dark, You’re There “
Excellently executed melodic and immeasurably memorable, De Arma has evolved beyond simple post-rock into ethereal territory that is melancholic atmospheric, and deeply rooted in electronica. Intensely visual where the neon is punctuated by the rain and there is a presence lurking in the shadows. Nightcall is soothing yet hides a savage heart.
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Release Year: 2022
Label: Silent Future Recordings
Reviewed by Sparky