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Negative Reaction : Tales from the Insomniac

Long Island sludge-core legends Negative Reaction have returned with another blistering mix of Eyehategod style bedlam, bong resin riffs, and ferocious east coast hardcore. 'Tales from the Insomniac', the band's fifth full length and their first for psycheDOOMelic Records is a bleak journey through a myriad of raw emotions. The songs are heavy and depressing with rancorous lyrics born of scorn and despair. Negative Reaction's music is abrasive and brimming with attitude, it grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.

Guitarist/vocalist Sir Ken E. Bones may be the band's strongest asset as well as its Achilles heal. While his guitar playing and songwriting skills form the band's brutal center, his vocals are significantly flawed. There are some semi-clean vocals employed by Burn's but for the most part his hoarse, larynx shredding screaming is front and center, detracting from the albums considerable power. Although the vocals are a distraction, 'Tales from the Insomniac' is more than salvaged by its ear splitting compositions and a barrage of menacing lyrics.

Songs like 'Go Die', 'A Wish to Dream' and 'Worthless Human' weave tales of personal despondence and malignant contempt while the anti cover band diatribe 'Wildchild's Dillusion' elevates the band's vicious stance to an entirely different level. These songs are the type of thing that give children night terrors and grown men sleepless nights. For those willing to face those fears head on, 'Tales from the Insomniac' is a skull crushing, miserable joyride to hell.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Go Die
2. Sleep Clinic
3. Worthless Human
4. A Wish to Dream
5. Wildchild's Dillusion
6. Falling Upon Deaf Ears
7. Hatin' Life Again
8. The Ancient Secret of War
9. When They're Gone

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

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Reviewed on 15-03-2009 by Kyle Havens
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