Released: July, Kaotoxin Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The Negation’s second album Memento Mori is a great addition to French black metal repertory. The quintet’s sound is much rawer in this album than their first one. The sophomore effort is comprised of eight tracks alongside an intro and an outro. This album further leaves the mark of The Negation on the black metal scene.
The album opens with three fast and squelching tracks. Norwegian influences mixed with the French scene can be heard in these songs. These tracks are fast, heavy, and well-structured. Even though the intro doesn’t make sense to my ears, the three opening tracks, ‘The True Enemy’, ‘Sacrifice the Weak’, and ‘Parasite Fail’ begin the album in a satisfactory way. Starting with the track ‘A Prayer for the Ones I Have to Kill’, however, you will start hearing the great black metal sound from France. In ‘End of Cycle’, the band makes use of the bone-chilling dissonances which paralyses the listener momentarily. The second half of the album is absolutely fantastic. It became harder to move forward in this half as I listened to each track multiple times. The abrupt ending of ‘Résistance’ is thoroughly satisfying. The outro by itself is a good one, and I think it is a good closer, and intro makes more sense in relation the outro.
The second album of The Negation is definitely a good second album proving themselves as good musicians, and what we can expect from their presence in the black metal scene in coming years. They are onto a captivating sound world which does not hide its influences, such as Deathspell Omega, but The Negation’s sound also mixes something new into these influences.
Review by M. Selim Yavuz