Negative Voice – Cold, Redrafted – Hypnotic Dirge Records

Opeth-esque Operation Mindcrime.


Negative Voice is a band from Moscow that shows a sound like a Russian Opeth: the songs are long, it follows one metric, and it relies heavily on the changes of phrases like a thousand sounds gathered together.

The track Limitation shows this kind of approach and it’s clearly a carbon copy of the Swedish act.

Even the timbres of the guitars are Opeth-esque as shown in the track City Of Decaying Gaze with clean vocals and harsh vocals in the sequence. The serpentine drumming doesn’t obey a change of tempo, a very peculiar Opeth quality. The production is crystal clear and the bass lines are very well played.

Let’s get another track as an example: Karmic Pattern which shows no difference between the other tracks, beside a variation of tempo, in this case it’s slower than the other songs over again in the vain of Swedish music. The introduction is colossal, the sound is melancholic, there is a screaming heavy metal guitar and there goes the guttural vocals.

In fact, Negative Voice is an excellent band with only one serious flaw: lack of creativity. They should get their own act, but until there one can listen to Cold, Redrafted calm, cool, and collected. At least is secure and there’s no bad surprises in it.

Cold, Redrafted is out now on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Visit the site there is a link to download the album for free (via bandcamp) or to buy a physical copy of it if you want to help the band.


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Mayfair – My Ghosts Inside – Pure Prog Records

The crossover progressive music from Austria.


Austrian Mayfair presents their new album My Ghosts Inside, which is not really a progressive album in its entire splendor.

The sound is a kind of crossover between heavy metal and alternative rock. The vocals sound very mellifluous at the track Loss, very, very sentimental, but with a very subtle change of direction the song My Ghosts Inside shows a robust sound that no rocker who likes a heavy sound will despise. Indeed that’s the charm of Mayfair which is shown in the subsequent track Desert when the ears start to get accustomed with the modus operandi of the band, that sometimes sound bland, sometimes not.  All I know is: this track is really good and one can expect guttural vocals!

But somewhat they don’t sound like a copy of Opeth or a mere copy of Kamelot. I mean I simply can’t put aside this album just because it’s original as hell.

Sometimes the vocals are balmy but the matter here is that they are uneven, but just when one’s about to desist then the timbre of Mario “le Fate” Prünster shows a strong influence of Geddy Lee which is suffice to love it instead of condemn it. The song Blinded By Your Light is a prime example of that.

Ghostrider is a robust rocker that if it’s not heavy as hell it succeed in not going to pop. It’s climatic, the metric changes smoothly and there’s a correct semi-acoustic guitar that closes the song.

There’s even a song is German called Schrei Es Raus.

My Ghosts Inside is not an album which will be appreciated by anyone. It’s a good album but it takes time to like, even to love it, and it can become a favorite album to think and relax. It’s honest, well done, it doesn’t pretend to be superior, it’s done and played with honesty and it’s committed only to itself and the music.

My Ghosts Inside will be released tomorrow on April 15 on Pure Prog Records.



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Krisiun announces shows in Europe with Cannibal Corpse and Hideous Divinity

Brazilian death metallers Krisiun announce an European tour with the legends of American Death Metal Cannibal Corpse and the Brutal Technical band from Norway Hideous Divinity. They will play gigs in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. For further details, dates and places, check out the flyer below:


For more details check out the page of Krisiun on Facebook and their site

Attention: there are more dates but only with Cannibal Corpse on the bill.


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