Monday, April 30, 2012

Black Shape Of Nexus/Negative Black/Exile On Mainstream/2012 CD Review


  Black  Shape  Of  Nexus  are  a  band  from  Germany that  plays  sludge  metal  mixed  in  with  some  influences  from  crust,  black  metal  and  ambient/soundscapes  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Negative  Black"  which  was  released  by  Exile  On  Mainstream".

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  which  are  only  utilized  briefly  they  bring  a  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  sludge  metal  riffs  that  have  a  great  amount  of  heavy  distortion  behind  them  with  some  black  metal,  crust,  and  ambient  influences  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  in  addition  there  are  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  sludge  screams  that  have  a  slight  black  metal  influence  to  them  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as  some  deep growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  negative  themes,  as  for  the  production  it h as  a  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Shape  of  Nexus  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  dark  sludge  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Illinois"  "1000uF"  and  "Neg. Black".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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