Released: 2006, Relapse Records
One of the things I like the most about being a reviewer, is that most of the times I get CDs from bands that I had no idea existed. Sometimes they really suck, but sometimes they are quite enjoyable. NPON – NOTHING POSITIVE, ONLY NEGATIVE, from the Sludgers in Facedowninshit is one of these examples. It may not be the ultimate piece of Metal, but it is a really enjoyable one.
The first thing that popped in my mind when looking at this CD, is that Facedowninshit was going to be an all-out hardcore attack and man I was wrong. As I already mentioned, NPON consists mostly on heavy sludgy riffs, mixed with some hardcore, punk and even some blues elements that help give the music a neat southern Metal groove. The vocals are really desperate ones, and somehow have this cave Black Metal feeling. They are full of pain and fit the music perfectly.
A band that has influenced Facedowinshit in may ways is Eyehategod, mostly for its raw edge. At the same time I hear some early Corrosion of Conformity and old Neurosis in the mix. But the most important this is that the music displayed in NPON sounds like Facedowninshit. The band, after its third release is starting to find their own heavy sound.
The production couldn’t suit the band better. It is pretty heavy, dirty and garagy yet clear. NPON sounds like a freaking bulldozer that is about to run you over.
In Facedowninshit, Relapse records is going for a killer and they will surely leave lots of bodies lying everywhere. These Sludgers know how to play their instruments and inflict every negative feeling you can think of, into anyone listening to their music. Just as the title says, this release had nothing positive cause it breed’s negativity all around. But thinking a bit more, I guess they also like positivity, for example in a good album review. Stay Heavy!!!