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NITIDUS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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"Nitidus EP Review"

Beat Magazine (Melbourne, Australia's leading music magazine)

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NITIDUS
Still Here
(Independent)

Melbourne based hard rock act Nitidus are back after two years away from the studio (Their last effort was 2003’s A.S. It Is), and the difference is certainly noticeable on their latest E.P.

Although Nitidus consolidated their new look line up some time ago, Still Here is the first to show off the talents within the new look four-piece line up (Consisting of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Patrick ‘PC’ Clemenger, guitarist/backing vocalist Ash Fyfe, bassist/backing vocalist Marki Miklic and drummer/backing vocalist Kristian ‘Doctor K’ Grondman), and the difference is certainly immediate within the opening track ‘Red Morning’.

The pairing up of the guitarists adds plenty of weight in the heavy stakes of Red Morning, while Grondman manages to inject plenty of hard hitting drum sounds that underpin throughout, but it’s Clemenger who’s really progressed since Nitidus’ last outing. While bearing a striking resemblance to Live’s Edward Kowalczyk in places, Clemenger’s performance has obviously strengthened greatly in the last two years, and as such makes it stand as one of Nitidus’ stronger selling points.

Both Hurt and Standing Here are first class slabs of heavy rock with a little more experimentation in atmospherics (Some nice contrasting backing vocals, distorted lead efforts and pace changes that allow for some great build ups), while the gentle Outta Place takes the lead set by the previous track, and pushes it further at opposite ends.

Nitidus have really gelled as a solid unit over the last two years of playing live, and it certainly shows on Still Here.
If you’re after some quality melodic hard rock of the local (Independent) kind, then you can’t go past Nitidus’ Still Here (Unless you catch them live that is). I can only hope that when it comes time for their next effort, it’s a longer than a teasing four tracks!


Justin Donnelly

- Beat Magazine (Melbourne, Australia'a leading Music magazine)


"Nitidus gig review"

NITIDUS
Gershwin Room

After a two year hard slog re-building the band due to the tragic death of their drummer in 2003, Nitidus came to St. Kilda on Saturday night to re-affirm their name in the Melbourne heavy rock scene and celebrate the fact that they are Still Here.

With four other local bands on the bill to help them launch their new EP, an early crowd had gathered in the Gershwin Room. Nevereleven and Odyssey had successfully warmed up proceedings before Rincon came on. Their metal edged rhythms saw the guitarists leaning back and giving it their all in unison; the bass player was especially animated. Their sound had some raw grunt, but the singing seriously lacked balls. The chick singer from Alphastate was on the other end of the scale. Her screaming, wailing and down right ‘get it all out’ attitude left nothing in the tank. This turned a few heads, both towards the stage and away, leaving the full-hearted fans to bustle it out up the front.

It was a long wait for Nitidus. Curtains were drawn across the front of the stage to build suspense and by this time the Gershwin room was filling up nicely. The chant of Ni – tee – dus started. Eventually the drapes were withdrawn and the crowd moved to the front of the stage. Nitidus’ lead singer PC said a few words before they began belting out a well-honed set of stadium-sized rock featuring old songs from A.S It Is and almost the entirety of new EP Still Here.

Bass player Mark was constantly amping up the crowd from the top of the fold back speakers while lead guitarist Ash took centre stage more than once to wail, much to the pleasure of the die-hards up the front. Crowd surfing greeted the heavier songs, while lighters swayed to the ballads. There were some cheesy moments, but it was mostly well received. At one (very amusing) point PC disappeared with his cordless mic, singing the rest of the song from outside the backstage door. The applause ended when a voice asked “Can you let me in?” – PC returned with a red face and a bleeding hand (apparently from banging it on a nail sticking out of the door).

By the end of their set Nitidus looked spent and fair enough too, they were going off. Drummer Doc stood up for their last song, before an encore returned Nitidus for three more. Many thanks were given by Nitidus, who truly showed why they are Still Here.

James Ridley

- Beat Magazine


Discography

Still Here (2005)- Phonics Records (Indie)
A.S it Is (2004)- (Independent)

visit www.myspace.com/nitidus for 'Still Here' tracks or www.nitidus.com.au for 'A.S it Is' tracks

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“A first class slab of
heavy rock”
Metal Forge

“A well honed set of
stadium sized rock”
Beat Magazine

Nitidus don't
just claim to be the
Hard Rock Artist Of The Year,
they have an LA Music Award to prove it!
The 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards bestowed one of LA's highest accolades on Nitidus,
placing them amongst a prestigious list of award winners, including Slash, Alien Ant Farm,
Steve Vai and The Black-Eyed Peas. It's no surprise that Nitidus are also billed as one of the
most enthralling and all together scintillating live acts in Australia. These boys haul you in
with fists pumping and no holds barred in a rock show you must see to believe!
Armed with their critically acclaimed new EP “Still Here” produced by ARIA award winner
Adrian Hannan (Taxi Ride, Lee Harding), Nitidus take their music very seriously.
Their passion for arena rock has created a sound that blends classic rock sensibilities, punk rock attitude and modern rock grooves with spectacular results.
Born in Christchurch New Zealand, Nitidus came to
Australia hungry for action at the beginning of this century. They recruited new members and many fans along the way to become a cornerstone of the Melbourne rock music scene. Running on shear blood, sweat and bourbon, the boys are
bringing their trademark live show to rock fans
as far as petrol money will take them.
Through grueling tour schedules and a punishing live show, Nitidus leave nothing in the tank. They plan to tour LA and the surrounding areas in March 2007.

To get in touch with
this amazing rock act, contact management on
(+61) 0422 267 694 or management@nitidus.com.au