Review: IATT – Nomenclature

They formed in 2008 as I Am The Trireme, while they currently officially use an abbreviation of that as band name, IATT. IATT’s current line-up consists of vocalist/bass player Jay Briscoe, guitarists Joe Cantamessa and Alec Pezzano (who also takes care of the orchestral parts) and drummer Paul Cole. So far, IATT released five EP’s and one full-length album. The latest of those releases is last year’s EP, titled St. Vitus Dance. However, IATT is soon going to change that fact, because they are going to release their second full-length album on September the 27th. This second full-length album is titled Nomenclature and will be released via Black Lion Records.

IATT immediately comes in very heavily with opener Cor Pulmonale. That heavily pounding and very powerful sound can be heard a lot on Nomenclature. However, that isn’t the only thing Nomenclature contains, as we can hear quite soon in this same opening track. Nomenclature also contains some more quiet parts, this particular part in Cor Pulmonale also contains very dark and quiet vocals by vocalist Jay, besides his mainly very nicely and raw sounding vocals. Whether he delivers screams, grunts or hoarse shouts, like in Realms of Dysthymia, Jay can do it all.

Without IATT having to deviate from their basics too much, Nomenclature contains a lot of variation. Due to that big amount of variation it has new things to discover each time you listen to it and that’s making Nomenclature an album that’s almost impossible to become boring. About that big amount of variation, I already mentioned that it contains heavy and pounding parts as well as more quiet parts. Besides that IATT also gave Nomenclature a very progressive vibe, especially due to the many changes in rhythm, but without doing this too often. Sometimes, for example during the more quiet part in Realm of Dysthymia, IATT also delivers an atmospheric vibe. Besides that guitarists Joe and Alec regularly play their guitars in higher, more atmospheric-sounding way during heavier parts, while they also deliver some heavier riffs, like in Molyneuxs Problem, in which Jay’s humming bass also stands out. Of course Nomenclature also contains some very well-executed guitarsolo’s such as in Yersenia Pestis and closing track Arsenic Ways, in which this guitar solo is preceded by a violin-solo.

Some other very interesting vibes that IATT shows on Nomenclature are the ghostly, haunting vibe in Powder of Sympathy, the dark but melodic vibe during the quiet, instrumental piano-part Hijama, the symphonic vibe in Yersenia Pestis, while this track can’t be labeled symphonic black, the creepy-sounding, freakshow-like vibe in the instrumental track Pseudobulbar Affect and the somewhat folky vibe towards the end of Blade of Trepanation.

With Nomenclature, IATT surely delivers a very nice and well-executed album that contains a lot to discover. Nomenclature definitely is far from boring and a recommendation for sure!

You can read our interview with IATT here.

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