Review from Metal Temple

December 20, 2016
From: Metal Temple
Published: December 19, 2016

This month I had the great pleasure of reviewing two doom / death metal bands. The first one was the Greek IMMENSITY and now the Russian NEGATIVE VOICE, both released by Hypnotic Dirge Records. In their second album entitled "Cold Redrafted", they bring a refined and very elaborate sound. Led by Andrey "Obscurus" Samsonov (guitar), the band was founded in 2000 and remained active until 2004, having three demos released. After that period, there was a pause until the band returned in 2010, to release its first full length album "Infinite Dissonance" in 2013, already featuring current members Eugeniy Loginov (guitar / vocal), Alex Nikolskiy (bass) and Konstantin Pavlov (drums).

The first of the eight songs in "Cold Redrafted", already shows what these guys came for. After an instrumental introduction of practically one minute and a half, "Limitation" begins with a clean vocal, and in a short space of time they add an almost black metal voice. Many parts of this song refer to the death metal of the 1990s. "City of Decaying Gaze" follows it with a beautiful melody, highlighting the work of the two guitarists, mainly lead guitars.

"Nightmare Everlasting" begins in a slow and deep tone and evolves until it gets fast and aggressive. In a very interesting passage in the middle of the track they detach the instruments separately demonstrating all the techniques and skills of the musicians as high point of the production. "Karmic Pattern"  focuses mainly on guttural vocals and more depressive riffs. My two favorite songs from the album are "Instant" and "Light House", both bringing a melodic and melancholic atmosphere, with several changes of tempo and where the soft vocals are more prominent, along with the beautiful effects and distortions of the guitars. “Impasse” brings a very modern Doom Metal style and harmonic with very attractive rhythm. To finish the work we have "Draft Light", in a farewell tone of this excellent album.

"Cold Redrafted" shows an evolution in respect to its predecessor "Infinite Dissonance", counting on the inclusion of new elements and a more elaborate musicality. Although we can perceive diverse influences from bands like OPETH, CREMATORY and KATATONIA, the band has its own personality and style .The experience of listening to the album could be improved if they had had a little more carry in production. From my point of view, they failed letting the sound of the other instruments distance themselves from the guitars sometimes. Another point, is that the clean vocal is sometimes, too lazy and low in some sections.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Bruno Diniz

Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

November 16, 2016
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: November 14, 2016

Possedevo soltanto un ricordo parziale dei Negative Voice, uno dei tanti nomi che distrattamente mi erano passati in testa per un periodo e del quale oggi invece mi trovo a scrivere. A distanza di tre anni dalla pubblicazione del primo lavoro "Infinite Dissonance", che mi sono premurato di ascoltare e riascoltare, la formazione si rifà viva con un secondo disco intitolato "Cold Redrafted" decisamente bello.

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Review from

September 18, 2016
Published: September 14, 2016

Eight songs fill this album, which has been released by Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music. Negative Voice are from Moscow and somehow they incorporate Doom, Progressive Metal, Post-Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal within this medley. From the very first song, ‘Limitation’, it's a musical dive into melodies, changing tempos and great creativity.

The band have not really labelled themselves to any genre or style and h...

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Review from Necromance Magazine

August 13, 2016
From: Necromance Magazine
Published: August 13, 2016

Los amantes del black/doom/death metal están de enhorabuena con este último trabajo de NEGATIVE VOICE “Cold, Redrafted”. Esta banda procedente de Rusia, más concretamente de su capital Moscú, tras su debut “Infinite Dissonance”, mucho más agresivo, experimenta nuevos caminos en este trabajo editado a través de Hypnotic Dirge Records, donde introducen nuevos elementos como voces limpias, toques progresivos…, supera...

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Review from Friedhof Magazine

August 13, 2016
From: Friedhof Magazine
Published: August 6, 2016

Está visto que lo que está de moda hoy en día es el Post Black Metal o bien el Black Metal con un suave tinte de Doom. ¡Ojo! No es una queja solo un apunte. Lo comento ya que últimamente estoy notando la misma tendencia de lanzar grupos y más grupos de Post Black Metal, Post-cualquiergenero o Doom/Cualquiergenero a la estratosfera de la misma forma que pasó con el Core y todos sus subgéneros durante los años 2007 y posterio...

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Review from The Pit of the Damned

July 29, 2016
From: The Pit of the Damned
Published: July 24, 2016

La sinergia tra Hypnotic Dirge Records e Solitude Productions inizia a sortire ottimi risultati. Ne è l'esempio lampante il nuovo album dei russi Negative Voice, il secondo per il quartetto moscovita, intitolato 'Cold Redrafted' e vera sorpresa per il sottoscritto, che aveva sottovalutato i nostri nel 2013, quando uscì 'Infinite Dissonance'. Ascoltato il nuovo lavoro, mi sono dovuto ricredere invece sulle potenzialità, all'epo...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

July 11, 2016
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: July 8, 2016

Negative Voice est un groupe russe de Melodic Death/Doom Metal à l’histoire travaillé. Le groupe est actif entre 1999-2000 sous le nom de Valhalla. Ensuite devient Negative Voice existe entre 2000 et 2004 mais sans sortir aucun album. Ensuite il reprend ses activité en 2010 et il reste actif et en bonne santé. Depuis son album Infinite Dissonance sorti en 2013 qui a eu un bon accueil voici alors le nouvel album du groupe qui se no...

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Review from Crossfire Metal

July 11, 2016
From: Crossfire Metal
Published: July 8, 2016

Sie kommen aus Moskau und gründeten sich bereits im Jahr 2000. Allerdings erschien ihr Debütalbum "Infinite Dissonanz" erst im Jahre 2013. Dieses zweite Album nennt sich "Cold Redrafted" und strahlt schon vom Cover her Kälte aus. Ihr Doom mit teils Deathvocals klingt aber eher wohlig warm. Mit dem Eröffner "Limitation" dieser Platte bauen sie langsam Druck auf, und das passiert ihnen immer wieder nach entspannteren Phasen mit liebli...

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Review from Absolute Zero Media

May 25, 2016
From: Absolute Zero Media
Published: May 23, 2016

Well someone has come from the Black Emo Doom/ Avant metal realm and wanted to put there stamp on it as this reminds me of bands like  KLMT 1918, Katatonia, Antimatter, Daylight Dies, Moonspell and Paradise Lost. The band has a mastery of melancholy and despair in the music that they create. The gothic/ cold wave over tones white washed into the metallic style really make you feel the sorrow and pain in the music that Negative voice...

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Review from IYE Zine

May 3, 2016
From: IYE Zine
Published: April 26, 2016

Ritroviamo i russi Negative Voice qualche anno dopo l’esordio su lunga distanza, Infinite Dissonance, che ne aveva messo in luce le potenzialità in qualità di band autrice di un death doom melodico di grande prospettiva.

Oggi il gruppo si ripresenta con diverse novità: infatti, oltre ad essere diventato un quartetto con l’ingresso del bassista di Alex Nikolskiy ad affiancare Evgeniy Loginov (voce e chitarra), Andrey Samsonov (chitarra)...

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 Released: April 11, 2016
500 Copies
Genre: Blackened Melodic Doom Metal