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This Negative Karma
May 2000
Released: 1999, Independent
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

This Negative Karma hail from Stavanger, Norway and play a brand of metal that is part straight ahead metal, part punk and part pop. The band consists of The Voice: Alain M.C. Fassotte, Guitar/2nd vocals : Tor Arne Fassotte. guitar: Arild Skjaeran Bass: Jani Vuyk Drums: Morten Waage. These guys are different than most bands that I have heard in the last little while as they are not cashing in on any of the trends that are prevalent in today’s music scene. The CD opens up with what is probably the best song on the release "I’m A Freak". This song is just a straight ahead hard rock tune and the band just belts it out from beginning to end. The riff is heavy and Alain just screams the vocals. Up next is the groovier tune "Escape" This song is carried by an excellent guitar riff which breaks down into a heavy almost Corrosion of Conformity drone in the middle. "Don’t Need This" is just an all out punk song and as such the weakest track on the CD. "A Day on Sicelly" is a ballad which would be a one of the better tunes on the CD were it not for the quirky vocals by Alain Fassotte. He does not have the voice for the slower stuff and is much better when he is just belting out his vocals. "Escape (Beta U)" closes out the CD with a crunchy hard rockin tune that only borders on metal. A very good tune with a nice crunchy guitar riff.

Overall this is a good release if you like your metal a little off the beaten path. This Negative Karma blend together punk and metal on this but don’t succeed in making the listener want to come back again and again. If your metal tendencies are a little more on the brutal side this disc will not satisfy your craving for head banging material.
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