released March 11, 2014
On this album, NORTH is:
Matthew Mutterperl - guitar/synth
Evan Leek - bass/vocals
Zack Hansen - drums/keys
Metanoia was recorded and mixed on December 20th and 21st by Dana Fehr with additional engineering by Chris Schultz at Wavelab Studio in Tucson, AZ.
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Artwork/Layouts by Matthew Mutterperl.
"With nearly no discernible musical precedents to provide a guardrail of identification, Metanoia is challenging and unsettling, but ultimately thrilling. The effort spent exploring North's blurry world pays off in dividends, especially in the mind-blowing catharsis of "Nefelibata." It's not that Evan Leek's murky wailing belies much angst on the surface; the release is primarily in the excitement of hearing music as foreign as it is passionate. North is that rare act that just created a new genre." - www.tucsonweekly.com
"The four-song EP is an intimately raw and solidly expressive record. The EP’s opening track, “Atrabilious,” showcases the massive evolution of the band’s sound from What We Were. Still carrying the characteristic brutish musical approach, there’s a softer edge to the North wail, doom done maturely. “Nefelibata” then opens the heart—it’s a heavy hymn, a delicately woven and endearing song that builds quietly to explode beautifully. “Hiareth,” is loosely composed, opening for breathing room, yet still heavy all the same, where musical phrase is carefully and powerfully articulated. The EP rounds out with “Master,” a syncopated collection of harmonies. Metanoia is a real organic masterpiece, the result of synergy and enduring dedication to writing quality music." - ospreymusicmag.com
" there's also an immediacy to this EP that's very compelling to me. All of the tracks are excellent, but "Nefelibata" is a stand out for me. The word "nefelibata" is Portuguese, and it appears to roughly translate to someone who lives in their own imagination, but perhaps better described as someone who treads the space between idealistic dreamer and iconoclast. There's a duality to the song itself, a mix of quiet synths and swelling, aching vocals, which are somehow delicate and melodic in spite of being close to growls. The guitars build, grind, stomp, and echo, sometimes in the course of just a minute or two, and the rhythm section carries everything deftly along." - metalbandcamp.com
"Much more pointed and angular, the next track “Hiraeth,” comes on like a beating heart. Then it bleeds. It exists as one long breakdown of longing, catharsis, and emotion. In this, North shows a bit of reverie for bands such as Godflesh and Fudgetunnel. Hiraeth is an old Welsh word, with no direct translation to English. The gist of it is a feeling of loss and homesickness. Nostalgia. If one weren’t to look that up, it would still be conveyed perfectly by Evan Leek’s plaintive throat ripped vocals." - postrockstar.com
"Each of these four tracks is a mastercrafted example of Post-Metal at its best, especially as it doesn’t aim to simply mimic Neurosis/Cult of Luna as a lot of Post-Metal ends up doing to some extent. Here we have a band travelling their own path to the beat of their heroes but with a singular intent all of their own." - wonderboxmetal.wordpress.com
"'Atrabilious' starts off slow and sparse before delivering some doomy downstrokes abreast a wave of crashing percussion. “Nefelibata” is more mellow, airy and atmospheric—albeit with the same raw-leather vocals as heard throughout. “Hiraeth” actually comes close to clean singing in its shimmering, drum-driven intro, but it’s not long before they turn up the volume on another down-tempo number driven by stop-start riffage. “Master” is actually relatively up-tempo from the get-go, settling into a steady pace that’s somewhat speedy by post-sludge standards, and keeps a consistent chugging rhythm throughout." - hellbound.ca