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.
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)