AOTY 2023

nature morte

BIG|BRAVE - nature morte
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2023 Ratings: #219 / 746
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Based on 120 ratings
2023 Ratings: #456
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The league Big|Brave are continuously uncovering is one of their own: not explicitly inviting, but altogether demanding and utterly rewarding.
Loud and Quiet
Across these six tracks, BIG|BRAVE prove they remain brutish in their raw power, but there is delicacy here too. Dragooning experimentalism and heaviness remain but the beefed-up songcraft, musicality and splendour of this record rewards repeat listening.
An ample demonstration of their powers.
Spectrum Culture
A bruising experience; a raw, abrasive, but well-crafted album that bites deeper than the band’s previous work, even if its wall of noise and misery may prove impenetrable to newcomers.
Metal Hammer

Heavy rebel music on the righteous side of history.

Distorted Sound

The space that BIG|BRAVE occupy is absolutely their own, captivating the listener absolutely with mountainous scope and monstrous beauty. The huge doomscapes, cathartic distortion and raw vocals are immensely powerful, and nature morte is a thoroughly impressive record as a result.

Angry Metal Guy

Big|Brave deliver a stunning, unique statement on Nature Morte. Without changing the core of the band’s sound, it signals a remarkable refinement of vision a decade into their existence.

Beats Per Minute

nature morte is a wonderful, difficult album that requires patience and indulgence. The rewards are huge, though.


Nature Morte probably isn’t an album to turn to for toe-tapping tunes or quiet contemplation. It’s a brutal, intense listen, and certainly won’t be for everyone, but those who care to take the journey will find many rewards.

It's the band's most dynamic, full-bodied recording to date, and a clear improvement over their somewhat rusty-sounding early releases, moving between lulling spaciousness and cathartic violence.

Carvers, Farriers and Knaves - 4/5
The One Who Bornes a Weary Load - 3/5
My Hope Renders Me a Fool - 3/5
The Fable of Subjugation - 3/5
A Parable of the Trusting - 3/5
The Ten of Swords - 4/5


In terms of a drone metal project, it's fairly standard and didn't really do anything that impressed me, but it's fierce, noisy and chaotic which are complimented nicely by the atmospheric drones.

Certainly a project that is guaranteed to be someone's niche.


In order to relinquish life and the attachment of what is material to be portrayed in the arts, still life refers to artistic works that involve the presence of inanimate items with chilly colors. When we consider art broadly, all forms go hand in hand, and BIG|BRAVE's "nature morte" beautifully expresses the icy, lifeless quality of still life through in an extremely immersive aural form.

In its literal definition, nature morte captures the entire pallid, dry, and brittle character ... read more




There are pros and cons of experimental bands like BIG|BRAVE if you ask me.

Pros: the music is dark, brooding, cinematic and unpredictable.

Cons: it can sometimes feel like you’re going round in circles and not getting anywhere leading you to believe that it is all just improvised noise (which it might be for all I know).

BIG|BRAVE make me feel like I’m trapped in some kind of cult with PJ Harvey screaming over ominous drums and distorted guitars. Whilst its clearly a ... read more


Some great instrumentation and hard hitting guitar/drum lines make up for the somewhat lackluster songwriting and vocals.

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Added on: October 21, 2022