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NEGATIVA are a Canadian progressive extreme metal act formed in 2005 in Montreal, Quebec. The band was formed by former members of GORGUTS, guitarist/ vocalist Luc Lemay and guitarist/ vocalist Steeve Hurdle, after GORGUTS split up in 2005. NEGATIVA released their self-titled debut EP in November 2006. The drums were played by Etienne Gallo and the bass was played by Miguel Valade. There have been a few lineup changes since then and Steeve Hurdle is now the only remaining founding member of NEGATIVA left. Luc Lemay left NEGATIVA in 2008 to reform GORGUTS. Luc Lemay´s exit from the band also signaled a change in style and the band have announced that their new material will sound different from the "Negativa" EP which was more or less a continuation of the progressive death metal style on the two last GORGUTS albums.

The inclusion of NEGATIVA to the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team.

( Biography written by UMUR)

See also:

- Gorguts

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4.13 | 6 ratings
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4 stars Despite existing from 1994-2010 with a whole host of musicians coming and going the band NEGATIVA only released this one EP in 2006 after Luc Lemay joined the band after the dissolution of Gorguts following the suicide of Steve MacDonald. This album could probably be considered another Gorguts album under a different name simply because it sounds like the long lost album that came between "Obscura" and "From Wisdom To Hate." The music sounds very similar to those albums with the exception of the strange experimental sections that they add clearly separating this from any Gorguts albums proper.

For a band that was together for 16 years, all we get from them is this short 20 minute plus EP that has all of 3 tracks, but what good tracks they are. They take you everywhere you would expect Gorguts to go and then add a healthy dose of some extremely bizarre aggressive passages that really take you on a wild ride. This album not only has Luc Lemay on guitar and screaming anguished vocals but Steve Hurdle who played guitar on "Obscura" is on board as well, hence the commonplace comparison to that album. Even though this album doesn't really distinguish itself from Lemay's better known band, it is nonetheless an intriguing little EP in the flow of Gorguts albums that musically is quite worthy of a listen or three.

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Review by VOTOMS

4 stars This EP. It was an additional breath for Gorguts fans. It's chaotic, tempo-breaker, noisy, following the same line from the last Gorguts masterpieces. It starts with Chaos in Motion, a track totally... "Obscura". The dissonance at Taedium Vitae sounds dark, like the slow tunes from the early Gorguts' Obscura. This nine minutes song it's a voyage to disturb. The band tries since Obscura to transmit a dark mantra atmosphere, and it works, so here you'll find it again. Rebellion is the last song, and it's new, but it's still in the same line. Well, it wasn't a full lenght, it could be better. But as an EP, it's an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. 4/5.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Negativa' - Negativa (8/10)

As a reviewer, I should admit to the bias that I am a huge Gorguts fan. Not only is "Obscura" one of my favourite albums ever, but I also consider it to be the artistic pinnacle of the entire death metal realm, much in the same way as I feel Deathspell Omega's "Fas..." record reflects the potential of black metal. As a result, hearing that Negativa's sound was a continuation of Gorguts' more left-field style was more than enough reason to get excited about them. There were plans that the band was going to take a direction of its own, but things sadly never progressed that far. As it stands, Negativa and their self-titled EP stands as an extension of Gorguts' avant-garde take on death metal, an 'expansion pack'- if you will- to what Gorguts had already done. While it's certainly not the same degree of mind- blowing intensity that I first heard on "Obscura", Negativa bring an otherworldly sense of atmosphere to their strange brand of dissonance.

Compared to "Obscura" and "From Wisdom to Hate", Negativa take a sludgier approach, without necessarily treading into sludge metal territory. "Chaos in Motion" starts the EP off on its strongest note- a mind-bending collage of technical fury, dissonant feedback, and Luc Lemay's ever-haunting howl-growls. The production is raw and down-to-earth, but the furious musical tightness more than makes up for the occasional distortion buzz. With the trademark dissonant riffing and Lemay's distinctive vocal style, Negativa could sound a little close to the proper Gorguts to be considered something independent. Particularly on "Chaos in Motion", it sounds like it could have been a polished demo for something that could have possibly been heard on one of Gorguts' last two records. Fortunately, Negativa etches out more of a unique niche on the EP's centerpiece, "Tedium Vitae".

There are times on this nine minute stretch of dark atmosphere where one might think they're listening to some sort of abrasive doom that Esoteric cooked up. In fact, some extended passages here are devoted to a more downtempo heaviness- quite the far cry from the technical onslaught on Gorguts' albums. On top of the progressive tech-death, Negativa takes the dissonance to new heights with segments I might only describe as chaotic noise. Feedback and distortion are used to make some fairly painful sounds. Although it's certainly in keeping with the dark, dreary atmosphere, these 'guitar experiments' get a bit overdrawn, particularly towards the end.

I may have been left with an even greater impression had Negativa gone for a different approach than its parent band, but there are no disappointments here. Negativa bring the chaotic, fearful avant-death sound many listeners will already be familiar with, but- as the saying goes- 'if it ain't broke...'

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5 stars This is Negativa's only effort so far and since the former guitarist/vocalist is back to Gorgutz the existence of Negativa is a insecure one. This EP contains over 20 minutes of experimental avant-garde death metal. While I'm a fan of the genre I do not find many albums in the death metal scene I like as a whole. EP's in this genre do fit to my taste and the music stops before it starts boring me. This particular EP doesn't bore me at all; it's actually the best death metal effort I've ever heard.

Negativa can be described as a death metal variant of fellow Canadian extreme metalheads Voivod. It contains dissonance chords and a lot of guitar experimentation. Especially the second track which clock over 9 minutes takes time to experiment. Not often heard in this genre are more silent passages with screeching effects and other chaotic experiments. Even Gorgutz didn't have long tracks for long avant garde experiments. The grunts sound impressive.The songs are quiet slow; especially the second one. The last song is the fastest one and therefor a good ending track.

The production of this death metal record is incredibly good. It's no wall of sound, but carefully produced full bass notes and a lot of sounds in the mid-spectrum. Negativa does use the stereo effect to the fullest which create a broad sound. Because of the good sound, continual interesting use of dissonance and avant-garde experiments I cannot give this effort less then five stars: a death metal masterpiece! This is especially recommended to fans of Voivod and Gorgutz.

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