There are a lot of examples of bands, particularly when it comes to Metal, that they were given opportunities and got a lot of exposure thanks to the internet, which is a great way to kick start their careers.
The band that I’m going to talk about might not ring any bells to a lot of people, particularly due to the fact that they are very recent, but the beauty of the internet in the music industry is that it gives you the possibility of discovering bands and artists you were not familiar with on a regular basis. Noram is a very good example of that and in this article I’m going to talk a bit about their career so far.
Formed in Naples, Italy, back in 2018, Noram are a modern Metal band that has a wide variety of influences and combine them in a very melodic manner. As an interesting fact, they sing in Italian, which is a nice change of pace from the usual singing in English, plus is fascinating to hear that language in this musical style (at least for me).
In terms of what they have done, while they have kept themselves as an underground band, they have had some important achievements, such as a tour in Rome and playing in the famous Traffic Live Club, which also featured the likes of Marduk and Pentagram around that time. So while perhaps not as known as other musical entities, they are certainly making waves.
Even though they haven’t released any albums as of this writing, they released an EP back in 2020 called Antropocene, which was my first introduction to the band.
The thing I like about Antropocene is how direct it can be, with a bit of that Punk Rock influence, but still maintaining a certain degree of variety and diversity within their musical parameters. That is something that a lot of bands with Punk influences tend to struggle with.
For example, a song like Parole di fuoco has an almost epic feel to it, but it is also a direct contrast with the much more straightforward Danzando sulla neve and both are different to the more Metal-based title track, which even has some Death Metal grows here and there. It all feels like the same band, but they always find a way to branch out, thus making up for a much more enriching experience.
All in all, I found Antropocene to be a very fun experience, and the EP flies very quickly, which goes to show how much fun you are having while listening to these songs. If anything, I think this was a very solid introduction to the band, and it helped cementing them in terms of what their musical identity is and what they are aiming for as a musical entity.
Lemming was their comeback single in 2022 after not releasing anything in 2021, and while it maintains the raw intensity of Antropocene, I have to say that this song has a bit more of a Punk Rock feel to it. That is interesting as it shows that Noram are capable of switching from one style to another with a lot of ease, thus keeping things a bit unexpected in terms of what they are going to do next.
The guitar work is certainly the star of this track, and not only because of what they are playing, but also because of the tone. A lot of modern day guitarists tend to ignore the importance of tone when it comes to playing, and I’m glad that isn’t the case here.
I also highlight the rhythm base because it adds a bit of groove to certain sections of the song, thus making things a lot more accessible and catchy for the listener. This song has a couple of small details that definitely stay with you.
Their latest single is Leviatano, which came out very recently. As an interesting fact, I found this single to be heavier than anything from Antropocene or from the Lemming single, with some Extreme Metal influences in the drumming parts, which really pushes the song forward.
The vocals have also gotten a bit harsher, which at times reminds me to Bobby Blitz from Overkill and that is always nice in my book. And in terms of the songwriting, I have to say that this song feels even more straightforward than the band’s previous material, adding another layer of brutality to their repertoire.
I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed it as much as, say, Antropocene, but I do find the musical evolution quite interesting, especially when it comes to the potential directions they may take in the future.
Overall, Noram are one of those groups that might not get a lot of exposure nowadays, but thanks to the internet, social media and what have you, I get the possibility of finding them and enjoying their music. That is something that could be viewed as the glass half-full, but, hey, I’m a glass half-full kind of guy when it comes to music.