UNDER THE ANCIENT PENALTY
THIS DARK REIGN
NYC sludge supremacists Negative Reaction recreate the musical accompaniment of what it feels like to live in a dank NYC subway tunnel on the eight-track UNDER THE ANCIENT PENALTY. No strangers to the crusty side of hardcore or the brooding side of metal, this outfit are decked out with song titles like “Loathing”, “Pain”, and “Alone”, and for the most part, these emotions are emulated perfectly, right down to the hypnotizing rhythms and gargle with broken glass singing on tracks like “Sorrow”. Highly depressive and downright doom-laden, yet never boring, Negative Reaction keeps the atmosphere somewhere between a car crash and a wake across the span of this endeavor, truly capturing the feelings of utter despair like a blend of Crowbar and Sheer Terror. Leave your attention span at the door and tracks like “Suffer” to be your harbinger of all things doom.