Saturday 21 May 2022

Introduce Yourselves: N.I.E. / Review of N.I.E Self Titled EP

What is the name of your band?


What is the genre of music that you play?

Instrumental rock/metal

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

N.I.E. is a one-man project I conceived some time ago, and this year I released the first, self-titled EP on all major streaming platforms as well as a limited CD run. I am hoping to promote the project and raise awareness, as well as start the writing and recording process for the follow-up full-length album, which I’m planning to release next year. I am based in Falls Church, Virginia, USA.

What can people expect from your music?

Lots of melody, good riffs, guitar harmonies, and emotion. 

What is the best release that folks should check out from your band?

Heavy Love is my personal favorite track.

Where can people find you on Social Media?

Words by N.I.E.

Review Of Self Titled EP

N.I.E. asked me tor review their debut EP and here's my thoughts on their new release.

What we have here is 4 tracks on finely tuned instrumental Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. Not exactly the WEEDIAN stuff I feature here but this is a highly engaging mix of 80's Classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal with some cool touches of Indie Rock and Prog Rock.

The EP can be quite jazzy which you hear towards the end of the first song. Opening songs such as Heavy Love and Space Surfer set the tone for the adventurous style of music that N.I.E aims for here. Unabashedly 80's sounding but rooted in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal classic  nostalgia. The instrumental work is good and interesting throughout. 

The music can be quite sweet-natured and N.I.E. does throw some interesting sounds and grooves our way. Maybe a bit too CLASSIC ROCK for my own personal tastes. However, the release does become more interesting on the 2nd half of the EP with a more catchy style of music that even becomes slightly operatic and "Occult" based on the standout track Centipede.

N.I.E. has released a deeply satisfying EP if you're a fan of everything 80's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Check out when you can.

Words by Steve Howe