MetalBite Review by JD on 4/20/2012
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
Rating: 8.7 out of 10