The internet is a strange beast that often randomly does something beyond comprehension. In this particular instance I received an email from Twitter saying that the intriguingly named Trev Kill of Negative Earth was now following me. I’ve never heard of Trev but as I shoot pictures of lighting and PA for touring industry magazines and Negative Earth is a lighting company I assumed this is who it is. A quick search on Facebook revealed this wasn’t the case. Turns out Trev is one half of a band called Negative Earth, who in all likelihood I may never have found without the aid of the digital gremlins. I’m very glad I did find them though.
Antithesis is a short album, just seven tracks; they describe themselves as ‘electronic gravity rock’ with “an alternative industrial feel that delivers intense lyrics and aggressive riffs”. I have to say that apart from Devin Townsend, Jayce Lewis and arguably Rammstein I don’t know much about this genre but, as the saying goes, nothing ventured…
Opening with ‘Cut, Implant, Stitch’ a darkly brooding song of love and betrayal, the mechanical vocal is menacing yet hypnotic, and puts you firmly in a Giger design operating theatre. ‘Eye for the Dumb’ is more in the rock vein with riffy rhythm, the vocal is raw and driving and the rap in the middle is a kind of industrial RHCP.
‘Channel 666’ kind of messes up your head, but in a good way. There is so much going on it’s a juxtaposition of doom and uplifting, dark and light. Antithesis is undoubtedly electronic and industrial but there are ‘real’ guitars and drums aplenty, so those who normally claim to dislike synthesised music will find enough to satisfy their needs.
‘Slither’ is like Guinness, wrapped in black velvet, in the darkest night, in a black hole, in another universe. It is dark and I love it. By comparison the wonderfully titled ‘Ear Seed’ is funky, less intense than the other tracks. The melodies and harmonies are rich and soaring, the riffs solid and strong.
‘Gloomy Sunday’ (their take on the infamous Latvian Suicide Song) has a machine whompingly heavy riff and Trev’s vocal is convincingly sombre. It is intense. It brings to mind the Four Horsemen lining up on the horizon. When the song finishes and I wait to see if I have an uncontrollable urge to throw myself out of the window… So, having shown, thankfully, the Latvian Suicide Song doesn’t actually work, we move on to final track, ‘Proof’. This is lighter and reminds me for some reason of ‘Spear of Destiny’, the opening feels like a crackly old movie, as though there is rain running down a glass window. It is a love song of sorts, the hooks are awesome, every time I listen to it I hear more.
The production is slick and very professional for ‘in house’. I’ve been listening to this in the car for a couple of weeks now and every time I hear it I grow to love it a little more. I really hope we see Negative Earth on these shores at some point in the future, in the meantime can you just write another 4 tracks so we have a full album please, I need MORE!
1. Cut, Implant, Stitch
2. Eye for the Dumb
3. Channel 666
5. Ear Seed
6. Gloomy Sunday
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