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Beneath The Frozen Soil : Beneath The Frozen Soil/Negative Reaction Split

This is likely to be one of the most aggressive doom metal splits around, even though the bands play two very different styles. First, there is the rabid and slightly insane beast known as Beneath The Frozen Soil that wishes to tear the skin off your flesh and then feast on it. Second comes Negative Reaction, a gang with switchblades and equally sharp tongues. They will, for the purpose of argument, stab you in the front while giving a very venomous lecture about abusive people.

The four first tracks by Beneath The Frozen Soil are re-recordings or re-masterings of the demo 'The First Wreath'. There was a drum change in 'The Wretched Of This Afterbirth' that really bothered me, probably because I'm used to the demo, which have gotten a fair share of airplay in my living room. The remaining changes are all improvements according to my ears. In general, the music is less raw and some listeners might as such prefer the demo. But the main traits are still there, especially the double black and death vocals that are so characteristic. They remain as strong as ever. The fifth track is brand new. It follows the same dark style and will certainly feel right at home for those who like their other tracks.

Bands like Noothgrush and Grief both come to mind when listening to Negative Reaction. Negative Reaction might be less underground and obscure than them because of better recording equipment, but the similarities are many. All of them play heavy, chugging, slow and hate-filled sludge/doom. The core influences like the vokills and socially accusing lyrics also hint towards the old school of sludgecore. One of the main differences that seperate Negative Reaction from the other two is the excessive heaviness and strong focus on bass. In short, they've got most of the qualities that one would look for in a sludge band and the agression is especially a strong point in their music.

This extreme doom metal split is printed in a total of 1000 copies, which should make it accessible for most. I'd also consider it to be a good buy for those who want a more than decent agressive doom record.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Beneath The Frozen Soil:
1. Preludium
2. The Wretched Of This Afterbirth
3. The Time Is Now
4. Signs Of That Grim Malady
5. So Still, So Overwhelmingly Silent

Negative Reaction:
6. Origin of Hurt
7. Shroud
8. Wish You Were Dead
9. Origin of Hurt part II

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

Visit the Beneath The Frozen Soil bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-09-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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