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Noct : night : during the night : unleashed last night

By Jason Lekberg

Noct : night : during the night : unleashed last night

Our new EP Noct is now available.  Like it's name, it arrived during the night and much of it was written and inspired at night.  This is the second in a trilogy and our first without a guitarist. 

Download it for free here, watch all of the music videos from it here or stream it wherever you find music here.

Noct is the new album by Brooklyn’s Nefariant. It is a journey of its own as well as being the second and central installment of a soon-to-be-completed trilogy of inter-related albums, (of which 2022’s Fowl was the first). Noct is more than a collection of recent compositions, but it’s not a “concept album” as the term was developed a half-century ago, either. Its unity lies in its various songs’ diverse-yet-connected aspects.

The band’s defining feature is an elemental accord between word and music. The “brutal elegance” they espouse describes their embrace of contradiction in sound, lyrics, and visual presence (on stage, in video, and beyond). It also points to the complexity of each composition – not always technically (although that too) – but structurally: clean vocals and growls in antiphonal dialogue; piano and/or bass figures where the common expectation would be guitar licks, drums-as-melody-and-narrative, and so forth. It is given to the listener to participate actively in Nefariant’s intricacies in order to savor the band’s full range.

The first song, “Beg”, sets forth this non-simplistic approach: “Don’t beg”, states the singer to a potential lover at the exciting beginning of their relationship, because he won’t beg… and yet the pleading in every new lover’s heart is obvious. The music expresses the flexing alpha-swag the would-be lover (and any of us, really, when presenting ourselves for a new lover’s consideration) displays at such a moment even while simultaneously revealing all his self-conscious vulnerability.

In his philosophical treatise “On War”, von Clausewitz said “war dreams of itself”. The eponymous song sounds like the story it’s telling: the march goes on, much at the end as it was in the beginning, without clear goals or guarantees of victory or defeat. It essentially uses the sounds and signs of war to declare war on war. The insistent beat does not change and seemingly cannot end. In its aversion to melodic flights of fancy, the song warns us against romanticizing our own deaths/defeats in whatever great struggle engages us.

Legend” is perhaps the most personal (and therefore, paradoxically, the most universal) of the songs on this album, built on Daniel Martinez’ father’s dying words to him. It’s a finale of sorts as well as a passing of the torch for the beginning of the next phase; timeless, yet intensely bound to a specific, hyper-aware moment. It evokes an ancient, all-but-forgotten past, and the renascence of that legacy in the child, the embodiment of the future.

Bury You” also dwells in a place between (or beyond) life and death, a Goth love song. Someone is burying their beloved – but is that beloved actually dead, or is the lover reveling in a morbid (and strangely beautiful) necrotic fantasy? The music incorporates empty spaces, ambiguities, with vocals landing between piano riffs, embracing the void suggested by the loss (quite real, whether fantasized or actual) of the beloved. Conversely (and perhaps ironically), the next song “Gravedigger” is all-too-real and concrete. Paul Cibrano asked Lekberg to write a song about suicide and its effects on the survivers. The result is half a dialog as one friend talks another out of the final, despondent act. The core of this song is the narrator’s anger at the friend, his repeated exhortations “You better dig!” [i.e. your own grave] paralleled by the repeating riff led by the piano. “Helpless” appears to be about a break up but encompasses all broken relationships. As with “Gravedigger” but in a different context, “Helpless” confers dignity on an icky situation by rejecting the usual platitudes and trivializations. The heaviness of the drums compared to the sparseness of the other instruments and the lyricism of the vocals portrays a situation in which the narrator’s heartbeat (that is, suppressed, unspoken emotions) far outweighs what he can say in his helplessness.

In “Kenotic”, Nefariant draws a clear connection between interpersonal and universal relationships: the title word itself is highly controversial to translate, there being no one single answer. It refers to the “emptying” Jesus Christ underwent to become human, and so is often understood as the “fatal flaw” that brought death to the divine. Here, it addresses a chaos-inducing person (who doesn’t know one of these?) who has obliviously destroyed their own life and many lives around them. The singer-narrator expresses regret at the wastefulness of such a person even as he struggles with one inner voice among many that wants to re-engage with them.

In this song as in all their songs, the structure and the sounds are as nuanced and fraught as the thoughts and emotions that engender them – the melodies acknowledge their dependence on the dissonances, the Yes caresses the No, and the chiaroscuro is the overriding constant. Such is the heart of the brutal elegance that is Nefariant. 

-Willaim Berger, Author and Commentator

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My Favorite Failing

By Jason Lekberg

My Favorite Failing

Helpless, the 6th single from Noct is now available!  Watch the video below, download it for free here, or stream it with the service of your choice here.

 

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Dig Your Own Grave

By Lekberg Enterprises

Dig Your Own Grave

Gravedigger, the 5th song from our forthcoming EP Noct is now available!  This is the heaviest song on the album and one we all love to play live.  The song is likely our most positive as well.  Paul asked Jason to write a song from the perspective of finding someone who has killed themselves, and Jason chose to write from the moment just before.  Both were aligned in the intent of helping the songs subject consider their options.

If you've already pre-ordered Noct for free, you will have an email in your inbox with a download link to the song.  If not, you can download here, watch the video here, or stream it wherever you find music here.

 

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Nefariant Declare War

By Jason Lekberg

Nefariant Declare War

Dearly Beloved. Single 4 of 7, On War, is out now. Our good friend, author and commentator William Berger described this song best when he said the following in our bio.

In his philosophical treatise “On War”, von Clausewitz said “war dreams of itself”. The eponymous song sounds like the story it’s telling: the march goes on, much at the end as it was in the beginning, without clear goals or guarantees of victory or defeat. It essentially uses the sounds and signs of war to declare war on war. The insistent beat does not change and seemingly cannot end. In its aversion to melodic flights of fancy, the song warns us against romanticizing our own deaths/defeats in whatever great struggle engages us.

If you have pre-ordered Noct there will be a link to download On War in your inboxes now. If you haven't pre-ordered it yet, you can do so right here for free and you will immediately receive all 4 songs we've already released as well as the coming 3 as they are released. You can also stream On War, and all our music, by clicking here and selecting your favorite service.

If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, you can now watch the visualizer for our 2nd single Legend featuring footage of us performing the song at our show at Union Pool a few months ago.

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Bury You Is Available Now

By Jason Lekberg

Bury You Is Available Now

Dearly Beloved.  Our new song Bury You is now yours.  Watch the video from our After Hours Sessions below, download it immediately when you pre-order Noct for FREE here or stream it at the location of your choice here.

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We're Headlining The Meadows

By Jason Lekberg

We're Headlining The Meadows
Saturday Oct 21st we'll be headlining The Meadows with our longest set to date!  We'll have lots of new music and surprises for you.  Joining us will be our good friends in Sun & Flesh and The Unbroken as well as Moths from Puerto Rico.  Get tickets here!

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NEFARIANT Release New Song & Video ‘Beg’

By Lekberg Enterprises

NEFARIANT Release New Song & Video ‘Beg’

NYC “gothametal’” band NEFARIANT, have released their new song “Beg as well as the music video for the song, the first single from their forthcoming EP Noct – scheduled for release on February 9, 2024. NEFARIANT has turned to unexpected instrumentation by adopting a no guitar, piano-led sound that is blatantly heavy. The quartet is Jason Lekberg, vocalist; Paul Cibrano, pianist; Daniel Martinez, bassist; Andrew Maciejewski, drummer. The band creates what they term “brutal elegance”, a new expression of metal music that works without a guitar. The band’s defining feature is an elemental accord between word and music that showcases their embrace of contradiction in sound, lyrics, and visual presence. It also points to the complexity of each composition – not always technically – but structurally: clean vocals and growls in antiphonal dialogue; piano and/or bass figures where the common expectation would be guitar licks. “Beg” is available for streaming/downloading here: https://lnk.to/Nefariant and the music video is now live on Metal Injection and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/FJRydUdJJ-E.

The band again worked with producer Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Pantera, Static-X) and mastering engineer Paul Logus (Corey Taylor, Anthrax). Over a series of trips from their home in NYC to Ulrich’s LA studio ‘The Wilderness’ they painstakingly developed this new sound. They now begin a process of releasing one song per month for the coming seven months, beginning with ‘Beg’.

Noct Tracklist:

  1. Beg
  2. On War
  3. Legend
  4. Bury You
  5. Gravedigger
  6. Helpless
  7. Kenotic

NEFARIANT is also announcing a show supporting to Somnuri (MNRK Heavy) and Loss Becomes at Union Pool in Brooklyn on August 26th.  Tickets can be purchased at https://tix.to/Somnuri_826.

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Nefariant Is Now A 4-Piece

By Jason Lekberg

Nefariant Is Now A 4-Piece

We are now a 4-piece. Piano, Bass, Drums, Vocals. After the departure of founding guitarist Dustin, we spent months searching for his replacement, played a few shows with our good friend Jon Perkins and ultimately decided not replace him at all. Clever engineering from Drew and Dan and a gargantuan writing effort from Dan has resulted in a new approach to heavy music. 


Last February, we returned to Ulrich Wild’s studio in LA, removed the existing guitars and bass on our forthcoming EP and re-tracked them using this new method. That EP and a new music video are nearly ready to be released. In the meantime, we invite you to see the first public performance of this new configuration on June 17th - at the location we debuted in 2020, The Kingsland.

Photos by the iconic Dave Jackson taken at Sleepwalk.

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