ATMOSPHERIC DOOM METAL | JAPAN
RELEASED VIA WEIRD TRUTH PRODUCTIONS IN 2010
I found it very hard to find much information on NEGATIVEAIDGUERRILA REALM other than what came in their brief press pack. What I can tell you is this, we are once again heading to the island of Japan for another Doom project, but this time it is for a Doom project with a difference, as this band features no vocals, and with the exception of the odd chime here and there, no drums either. Sit back and feast upon this atmospheric Doom Metal offering of massive riffs and soaring moods from Negativeaidguerrila realm [try saying that name when you are under the influence] and their 2010 opus “Vanitopia”, a twenty seven minutes in length Doom saga, all in the guise of one long track!
I would never lament the absence of vocals as there are some exceptional instrumental artists and albums on the market today, but the lack of drums in a Doom Metal piece is something i cannot fathom, Doom being a genre that relies heavily on its ability to produce crushing force and oppressive moods, yet despite this Negativeaidguerrila Realm have created the same moods and tones as any other Doom Metal band worth their salt, that is a sonic audio pummeling at the hands of the band and their carnage laden guitar and bass work.
Don’t get me wrong, “Vanitopia” is not for everyone, although with this kind of style that maybe should go without saying. However for the Doom entrepreneur this will be a massive addition to the collection. The bass work is phenomenal, adding fuzz and grime to the proceedings whilst the guitar work is raw and edgy, a depressive blast of black noise! Negativeaidgurrila Realm may just be one of the most original band currently active right now! [7/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]