“The lead guitar melodies are the center of the band’s involved songwriting, which treads within extreme metal’s basic pillars, namely death, doom and partially black metal with the occasional flash of prog techniques and atmospheric bridges.”
- The City Of Decaying Gaze
- Nightmare Everlasting
- Karmic Pattern
- Draft Life
REVIEW: Ever wanted a more extreme metallic sounding Katatonia? It’s no secret that I want my favorite bands to progress but at the same time one does cling to classic trademarks. Thankfully, pioneers leave a trail of underground bands that pick up on similar sounds while forging an independent music mark. Negative Voice is one of these and they hail from Russia.
There’s a strong emotive lead guitar narrative and multitudes of dynamic shifts in the songs found on “Cold Redrafted”. The atmospheric ethos conjured on this album recalls heyday Katatonia or Paradise Lost, albeit in a much more metallic approach. The lead guitar melodies are the center of the band’s involved songwriting, which treads within extreme metal’s basic pillars, namely death, doom and partially black metal with the occasional flash of prog techniques and atmospheric bridges.
It’s hard to listen to an album like this with fresh ears nowadays. When you’ve been obsessed with bands like Rapture, Noumena, Daylight Dies, the aforementioned Swedes and Halifax sorrowbringers, you’ll eventually hear echoes of those bands on a record like this. During “The City Of Decaying Gaze”, I was taken back to classic blueprints like “Viva Emptiness” and “Orchid”, the melodies in “Nightmare Everlasting” and “Karmic Pattern” capture the melancholic beauty of any Katatonia release from the nineties; it’s like a nostalgic trip back to some of my gateway bands into the more gloomier corners of metal. This is to be seen as a positive concept, not discrediting Negative Voice in any way.
Recorded at Hertz Recording Studios in Poland (Decapitated, Behemoth, Vader etc), the already stimulating formula in these songs is clad in a balanced sound production with just enough rawness to it. Not sure how much the Wieslawski’s were involved, but the clean vocals are a bit uneven and shy, could’ve been better produced in my opinion. The searing growls on the other hand are fierce!
This is an immensely good album if you want atmospheric metal without constrain in the songwriting department, done entirely without keyboards while casting gothic, melodic nods towards originators of death/doom metal! The sadness of it all though, is that this release will probably go under the radar and remain criminally underrated forever.
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