Negative Reaction - Official Website

Frequencies From The Montauk

United States Country of Origin: United States

1. Day After Yesterday
2. Dopamine
3. Docking Bay 94
4. Frequencies From The Montauk
5. Shattered Reflection
6. Thicker Thank Blood
7. Space Capsule 1
8. A Bit Of Numb
9. Planet Sagar And The Trobbits
10. Angels And Demons
11. Elsie In Space

Review by JD on April 20, 2012.

Most bands never have 19 albums to their credits, some bands just disappear after one and that is a true marker of a band that is damned good. New York Sludge/Doom trio Negative Reaction is that sort of bands that legends are born out of, and becomes a main force for Doom and Sludge everywhere.

Mixing a groovy sort of rhythms with a heavy, low tuned attack, you get a formula for massive metal. Think almost if the Grateful Dead had gone Doom Metal with Ozzy styled vocals anchoring everything; this would be what they just might be. With slow yet melodically heavy riffs and nasty vocals, Negative Reaction sets down what it is to be Doom Metal - and schools everone in the right way to do it.

The band hands us twelve massively heavy and dynamic songs for our listening pleasure. I love the grooves that the albums starting track 'Day After Yesterday' has, but I prefer the heavier edge of things like 'Docking Bay 94' - one of those ‘golden’ tracks that literally defines the whole Doom/Sludge metal genre in one perfect four minute and thirty eight second lesson.

I liked the album as a whole, but some parts of it seem to have ben recorded somewhat muddy in spots - but thankfully does not hurt the doomy goodness that is there. This is good, honest metal from a band who has paid there dues, and stayed relevant and fresh when some bands falter and die off.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 7.5
Overall: 9

Rating: 8.7 out of 10