Black Shape of Nexus - Negative Black

Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

This album was a hard one for me to get through. Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of Sludge/Drone Doom. After you get past Stoner Doom, you kind of lose me and I find the music boring. Black Shape of Nexus doesn’t help their cause by having an album that is within a few seconds of being eighty minutes long. Just sitting through the six-minute intro track, “Illinois,” which had little to do with Doom, nearly drove me insane. It’s Ambient in the same semi-unlistenable vein as old Abruptum, but without the evilness and It Sarkka screaming. “Illinois” may have only been a half-dozen minutes long, but it seemed like an eternity of inextricable droning and shrill feedback. The rest of the album is far more structured, but no less boring. The songs are all epic length, with the shortest being six minutes and the longest almost twenty-three. If you can imagine a band beating a riff into the floor for ten to twenty minutes, that’s pretty much what this sounds like. Yes, the bass-heavy production is punishing, but you can only go so long before you become numb to that. Negative Black might appeal to people who like Drone/Sludge, but for me it became background noise fairly quickly. In order to review this, I had to take things one song at a time over a period of several days because I literally couldn’t sit through more than one song -even the short ones- at a time. If you like watching paint dry, you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for it in Negative Black.

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Koji Kabuto said:

Sludge and Doom are two entirely different things…

Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 05:45:10 AM

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