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Negativeaidguerilla Realm : Vanitopia

Negativeaidguerilla Realm's music is only based on layers upon layers of riffs, both heavy and clean.

Since its rise to fame and Hipsterdom in 2005, the Drone/Doom subgenre has been subject to many mutations. The most notable one being that nowadays, few are the bands that still dare use the word 'DRONE' when labelling their music. Not to mention the incredible hipster movement that has more or less 'contaminated' the scene, being responsible, nearly in itself, for the collapse of the genre in the mind of the 'true' metalheads. So, it was some kind of a surprise to receive the 1st EP of a Japanese duo that claims to play Drone/Doom, but also seems to come to terms with everything related to it.

Negativeaidguerilla Realm are a duo, and they play their Drone without resorting to any kind of drums. All their music (which is strictly instrumental) is based on layers upon layers of riffs, both heavy and clean. Influences are varied, combining some Swans-like harshness, some atmospheric parts worthy of what Earth have been doing since the release of 'HEX' and a dreamy heaviness reminiscent of Nadja (there's even some accoustic parts that, somewhat, remind me of Dead Can Dance). This is some very melancholic and dreamy music, with a lot of shades of grey, perfect for meditation or reading some Cormac MacCarthy's books (it goes pretty well on 'The Road', if you ask me).

Despite its length, the only track featured on this EP is never boring, and the many landscapes it brings to mind are both beautiful and ugly. Somewhat, the duo has managed to bring back a bit of personality and originality in a genre that was overcrowded with Ooltra-Heavy))) infrabasses or shitty ego trips. Simple and human, those are the best words to describe the music on 'Vanitopia’. An EP worth purchasing, and a band I'll be looking forward to seeing on stage someday.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Vanitopia

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Negativeaidguerilla Realm bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-04-06 by Laurent Lignon
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