Total Negation are a solo project from Germany that plays a mixture of raw and depressive black metal, doom and krautrock and this is a review of his 2015 album "Zeitzeuge" which will be released in June by Temple Of Torturous.
A very distorted and melodic sound starts off the album and a few seconds later melodic guitar leads and once grim screams are added into the music the recording starts bringing in more of a depressive black metal style and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic and length and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Doom metal elements can be heard quite a bit in the slower sections of the music and when synths are added onto the recording they give the music more of a dark and atmospheric sound and the songs also bring in acoustic guitars and elements of krautrock which also gives the music more of an experimental feeling.
When the music speeds up the music starts adding in a small amount of blast beats and more of a raw black metal style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and at times some of the guitar leads bring in elements of post black metal and you can also hear clean playing being added into certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses the songs start bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one of the tracks also brings in a small amount of thrash influences.
Total Negation plays a musical style that takes a very modern, raw and depressive style of black metal and mixes it with doom metal and krautrock to create some very original sounding music, the production sounds very original while the lyrics are written in German and covers a story of a contemporary witness who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others.
In my opinion Total Negation are a very great sounding mixture of depressive black metal, doom and krautrock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fluechtling" and "Zeitzeuge". 8 out of 10.