The Skinny: The song “Concrete Ocean” from the upcoming Netra album entitled Sørbyen has been made available for streaming and free download. This is the second track to be made available from the upcoming album, following the release of the track “Wish She Could Vanish” a few weeks ago. This track however, stands in contrast to “Wish She Could Vanish” in that it explores the more black metal side of Netra, having a similar sound to Burzum’s Filosofem album in some parts in terms of the guitar sound and vocals while still retaining the trip-hop influences present in many Netra tracks. The upcoming Sørbyen album will see a release on the Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge Records in the Summer of 2012.
Seven years and two demos since forming, Netra raised the interest of Nick Skog, owner of the Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge Records, thanks to whom the first album Mélancolie Urbaine was finally brought to the spotlight in December 2010, to high acclaim from listeners and the press around the world, with some writers expressing that it was one of the best releases of 2010. With influences ranging from the moodiest jazz music to black metal and trip-hop, netra has always been about challenging the listener’s open-mindedness. Two years and a moving to Norway later, Netra finally returns with a second full-length, Sørbyen.