Review By Glen Parkes
Finnish art rock ensemble Naryan, known for their distinctive blend of melancholic rock infused with cinematic, progressive, and classical elements, unveiled their latest offering on December 8th—a mesmerizing cover of Mike Oldfield’s classic “Nuclear.” This rendition, set to feature in Naryan’s forthcoming fourth album slated for 2024, seamlessly integrates their signature sound while introducing a haunting layer through the soul-stirring tones of the violin.
The original “Nuclear,” an integral part of Oldfield’s Man on the Rocks album, holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, notably recognized from its inclusion in Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer. Naryan’s interpretation pays homage to the essence of the track while infusing it with their unique sonic identity, thereby offering a fresh perspective to this timeless piece.
The incorporation of the violin in Naryan’s cover introduces a haunting allure, enhancing the emotive depth of the song without losing sight of the band’s established musical trademarks. Their adeptness in navigating diverse musical territories shines through as they craft a rendition that resonates with both loyal fans of the original and newcomers alike.
As anticipation builds for Naryan’s upcoming original single slated for early 2024, the band is gearing up for a series of live performances. They plan to unveil more domestic shows and a select few European appearances, promising audiences an immersive experience that embodies the essence of their genre-blending artistry.
In summary, Naryan’s rendition of “Nuclear” stands as a testament to their musical prowess, skillfully breathing new life into a beloved classic while retaining the emotional essence that made the original resonate. With their distinct fusion of genres and captivating performances on the horizon, fans eagerly await the upcoming releases and live showcases that are poised to further showcase Naryan’s evolution and ingenuity in the realm of art rock.
Tommi Niemi -Vocals
Lauri Kovero -Guitar
Raino Ketola -Guitar
Tommi Tanhuanpää -Drums
Linda Kuoppala -Piano
Jarno Forsman -Bass
Henriina Marin -Violin
Song title: Nuclear
Performed by: Naryan
Release date: December 8th,2023
Composed by: Mike Oldfield
Lyrics by: Mike Oldfield
Recording, mixing and mastering: Mikko Marjamäki, Digital Berryhill
Cover art: Lauri Kovero