Nic Nassuet’s album ‘Eleutherios’ takes you on a raw journey down some emotional avenues
The first thing you’ll notice listening “Eleutherios,” the new album from L.A. singer Nic Nassuet, is how his vocals use raw, gritty, emotional tones in varied ways. Nassuet labels himself as gothic folk, but you’ll also find hints of rock n roll in there, even if he keeps things strictly acoustic.
Some of the album’s highlights include “Immured,” “The Giver” and “She Rides Moonlight.”
If you’re looking for a track that’s more original than any of the others, “Immured” definitely checks that box. Having spirited female vocals provided by Catrina Grimm in the verses as Nassuet handles the chorus, along with the eerie fiddle/acoustic guitar backing instrumentals, makes this song soar.
On an album filled with eerie sounds, “The Giver” may be the eeriest. The guitar, the way Nassuet whispers/sings the lyrics and the words themselves make for something that sounds like it belongs in a vampire movie, and not one of those lame ones filled with glitter.
Then, on “She Rides Moonlight,” which closes out the album, Nassuet shows his gentle side in a song that takes you on an epic journey of discovery. The imagery of a woman riding the moonlight is one that works. It’s a powerful picture that makes the song that much more textured, along with the faint female backup vocals.
Overall, while Nassuet sounds quite a bit like acts such as Guns n Roses or Jeff Buckley, once you get past those comparisons, you’ll start to discover the true mastery of this album. Nassuet’s greatest strength is his powerful and raw singing voice. He can sing loudly, he can sing softly, and he can do a little of both on the same track at times. It’s a real joy to hear on nearly every track.
The world has taken notice of Nassuet’s gifts, too, as “Eleutherios” was recently named as among the top 10 albums of 2015 by the Global Music Awards. He was one of only a few Americans who made the list, as well as the only rock or alternative name on the list. He also was awarded three Global Music Awards gold medals for Album, Emerging Artist, and Alternative Rock: Gothic Folk. GMA Gold medalists have performed for the UN, Heads of State, Popes, and won Grammmys. The Global Music Awards recognition launches Nassuet into a very exciting 2016 which will see him touring across the globe where he will be bringing his music to new frontiers.
Before becoming a solo act, Nassuet served as the front-man for several metal and punk bands. Drawing on his life-experience Nassuet’s music often finds itself rooted in the dark, mysterious and melodic, his official bio states.
“He makes music that perfectly captures the despair and hope in our humanity, and communicates it flawlessly through the strength of conviction in his voice and energetic connection with audiences,” it says.