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NEGLECTED FIELDS

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Latvia


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Latvia's Extreme Progressive Metal group NEGLECTED FIELDS, undisputed leaders of the Baltic Progressive Metal scene, was originally founded by members of other professional collectives of Latvia's Metal scene - Sergey 'Destruction'(guitars, vocals, main songwriter and lyricist), Herman(guitars), Sergey(bass), Karlis(drums). Heavily influenced by Florida's Technical Death Metal movement, the musicians recorded their first demo, titled 'Sansara', in Tallinn, Estonia. The demo was successful when compared to the embryonic shape of other Latvian groups and instantly earned the group a devoted, although small, fanbase, which allowed the musicians to tour the Baltic countries. The group's first studio album 'Synthinity' was recorded in August 1997 at the Finnish Tico-Tico Studio and released the next year. Although the musicians' talent and songwriting skill was evident, the group didn't quite reach its peak of popularity with this release. Joined by a new member, the classically trained keyboardist George, the group released a new, more matured and ambitious release 'Mephisto Lettonica' in 2000 through the Italian Scarlet Records. The sound was even darker and more complex than its predecessor, which was the primary reason for the group's breakthrough. Before the release of the third full-length album Herman was replaced by another musician coincidentally named Sergey on guitars. Unfortunately, it took the musicians six more years to release the follow-up to the 2000 effort - the new album was called 'Splenetic' and saw the light in April 2006. The album was supposedly intended to be the 'missing link between late Death and Emperor', a direction that one may already have noticed on the second release.

The three albums released by NEGLECTED FIELDS are highly suggested to all fans of Extreme Progressive Metal, the debut full-length being closer to the style of early DEATH, CYNIC and ATHEIST, succeeding at creating a unique sound on its own without copying the idols, whereas their next offerings were even more progressive and adventorous and should be perfect starting albums to get into the group's complex, lush music. NEGLECTED FIELDS should not be neglected!

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Mephisto LettonicaMephisto Lettonica
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Scarlet 2006
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SpleneticSplenetic
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Japanese Indies 2007
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4.00 | 5 ratings
Synthinity
1998
4.85 | 9 ratings
Mephisto Lettonica
2000
4.20 | 6 ratings
Splenetic
2006

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 Mephisto Lettonica  by NEGLECTED FIELDS album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.85 | 9 ratings

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Mephisto Lettonica
Neglected Fields Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kojurama

5 stars You haven't listened to this cd yet? Well go find it and purchase it now, now, now!

When I first found this band I simply saw a metal band from Latvia, now that might be interesting. Who would have thought they would have created such a masterpiece and not be fairly known.

One of the first things you might notice is the sound of the guitar can be very similar to Atheist, and other bands, especially in the solos. A lot of the instruments sound similar to other progressive metal and technical metal bands yet it is done so well it never gets boring. This band has taken numerous influences from other bands, compiled them together, then added some Latvian influence of their own to give it a sound that cannot be found elsewhere. The synth is a large addition to this band that really gives it a great sound carefully choosing sounds and placing them along the song without ever being obnoxious like other bands like to do. This adds to the overall ambient feeling giving a large epic feeling that you cannot help but get into.

Black metal vocals are very apparent here and contrast greatly to the other instruments creating an intriguing sound making you want more with every passing second. Though with the vocals comes one small complaint is that I would like a little more variety with the vocals because the rest of the band is so progressive that it sometimes seems odd that the vocals have not really changed as well. And the only other complaint is that the last two songs,(one being a remix of other songs on the cd) do not give anything to the cd really. But because of what this band has already given me I cannot complain at all.

4.5/5 but im giving it 5 simply because of how much play time this cd got before I changed to another cd.

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4.20 | 6 ratings

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Neglected Fields Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by dkls

4 stars Some say that with Splenetic Neglected Fields offers more accessible, "listener-friendlier" music than with previous albums, but it seems an exaggeration to me. Although they have a new guitarist, since their previous record the music played by Neglected Fields hasn't particularly changed: it's the same sophisticated, symphonic technical death metal as on Mephisto Lettonica. A nice addition is the new guitarist's "backing growls". My favorite tracks are Splenetic/Confusion and Khert Neter - it's hard to choose, though.

With Mephisto Lettonica Neglected Fields brought into progressive metal something really new and refreshing, while on Splenetic they are somewhat repeating themselves. Still, it is an excellent album, I give it four stars. For those who are not familiar with Neglected Fields, I'd better suggest to start with Mephisto Lettonica.

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4.85 | 9 ratings

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Review by dkls

5 stars Venomously beautiful

"So charming, attractive, delicious and sweet..." Is it possible to describe Mephisto Lettonica more precisely than these words from the song The Spider's Kiss do? (Ok, of course, it is - I'm just having difficulties to silence the aesthetic ecstasy that overwhelms me every time I listen to this album.) Mephisto Lettonica is the second full-length album of Latvian technical/progressive death metal band Neglected Fields. Among their influences are such classic progressive metal acts as Cynic, Death and Atheist, but the band manages to create a unique sound of their own. On Mephisto Lettonica, song structures are quite complicated, but at the same time the music is very melodic and in some way even symphonic (one can hear some symphonic black metal influences, too). As far as I know, some people can't accept Sergey's vocal style (it's also closer to black metal than typical death metal growling), but it's a matter of taste. The best tracks on the album, IMHO, are... Oh, forget it, all of them are excellent. Check out the original outro!

I give the album five stars without hesitation - it IS a masterpiece. A must-have for progressive metal/technical death metal fans.

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