|| In December of 1999, Jaroslaw Labieniec
(guitar), formally of Vader, Simon Czech (guitar) from Prophecy and
Wojciech Szymanski from Polish band Kobong made real a project that
would use sharp, unconventional music and their experience with sound
to create Nyia.
Michal Pawluc joined Nyia in late 2003 and replaced Bogdan Kondracki
who did the vocals on this disc. This project uses new and extreme
compositions that are fast and chaotic, and filled with intensity.
You could say they are similar to Cephalic Carnage with maybe a little
Neurosis and Meshuggah, but more speed and death oriented. The twelve
songs are generally short and last for about twenty-five minutes.
It’s not that the length is bad, but you do get the feeling
sometimes things are a little unfinished. A few songs grabbed my attention
but some left me unfulfilled. At times the music can change from being
intense to being repetitive and on the verge of getting annoying.
It doesn’t happen that often because they are always seem to
be doing something different with their experimenting. I love the
slow grinding riff in “Everything is a Dream,” it’s
probably my favorite track. “Heads of the Insane,” “Wherever
You’ll Be,” and the title track “Head Held High”
a pretty cool as well. I will be interesting to see what theses guys
do next, they have a lot going for them, and hopefully they can pull
it all together.