Reviewed: November 2015
Released: 2015, Prosthetic Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The mighty alliance between Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues sees a brutal collision of everything dark, brutal and horror filled consternation which gave birth to N.V (Negative Volume), which can be seen as a collaborative exorcism due for release on the 13th of November by Prosthetic Records.
The two potent bands intertwining began back in late 2011 with the determination to conjure up a new interpretation of Godflesh’s 1989 Streetcleaner with an evil twist. This unison bounced between both bands over the following years with the vison to create something to a curse and plague all those who listen. Dragged Into Sunlight report: “The level of detail in a recording of this nature is inexplicable. Every note lobotomised, remixed and overexposed, exorcising total aural madness. Justin Broadrick’s recognition of the effort and finishing touch to its production is of course, an honour.” As a result of the uniting of Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues there vison became a reality by creating a sound both had only touched upon separately with the reality of creating an audio epidemic of brutal pandemonium.
The album Negative Volume starts off with Track 1 – Visceral Repulsion, which starts with the eerie white noise typical of classical horror themes with what could be the confessions of psychotic murderer, which definitely sets the bench mark for the rest of the album. The song then follows on with a brutal assault of heavy guitar riffs against the tenacious beating of drums, this is then intertwined with the destressing distorted black metal vocals. Towards the end the instrumentals slow down creating an ambient hell and torment of wanting more whilst giving more recordings of this songs gruesome story. The song grabs onto you and pulls you into your fate of not being able to stop listening which is very compelling, refreshingly dark, brutal and overall an experimental noise of chaos.
In addition Track 3 – Strangled with the Cord, begins with nightmarish tales and static noise similar to that of Visceral Repulsion. The song continues with droning guitars which are set in place for a smack in the face of pure evil assault onslaught. The mayhem created gives you the vision that you are sure in for one heck of a ride with this song. Following on, the song turns into a black metal invasion on your senses which is spine chillingly immersive. Overall the merciless intertwining of vocals and savage drum and guitar riffs are something not be missed especially towards the end of the song. To me this is one not be missed from the album.
Next I have to mention is Track 4 – Omniscienza, The song starts by the spell bounding conjuring of drums which follows into a fierce fire of guitar riff havoc, which surprisingly works extremely well with the monstrous vocals. I personally feel that this song is my favourite of the album and will be too many others who enjoy the black metal sounds of horror as it transports you to a place of fire and brimstone where the fire is almost too nice to leave.
Lastly we come to the final song in the album, Track 5 – Alchemy in the Subyear. The beginning has a very compelling melody and rhythm which draws you in, until the true power of the band begins to show. The noise created is almost familiar in a way, yet it’s nothing like what I’ve heard before making it rather refreshing to hear. The low grumbling vocals are haunting and eerie, alongside the brutal instrumental attack which works perfectly alongside one another. I must say if there’s a song to end an album and make you not want it to be over, this is it. This song to me is the master piece of the album and you can hear the amount of work and talent that has been put in, well done.
I think that the passion and talent of Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues can definitely be seen in this album, especially to me in the last track. I have no doubts that Negative Volume will be a massive hit to the mix of black metal and experimental horror fans out there. I can happily say that the alliance of Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues has created something that I am very excited about seeing more of, as to me they have mastered the ways of this almost new, unique and experimental genre.
Review by: Alexis Evans
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01 Visceral Repulsion
03 Strangled with the Cord
05 Alchemy in the Subyear
Dragged Into Sunlight
Gnaw Their Tongues
Mories all instruments, vocals