Negative Standards-Fetters LP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust, Doom, Noise
Label: Self-Released/Vendetta 
Tracks: 10
Length: 30.0'

Hells yes.  I was absolutely psyched to get the go ahead from Negative Standards to post this review because I've been following this band since blogging for Elementary Revolt and following the band since they formed back in 2009.  For those of you out of the loop, Negative Standards is a band from Oakland, CA who formed in late 2009.  Negative Standards play a unique, creative, and forward-thinking style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, crust, doom, and noise within their sound.  Musically, Negative Standards can be said to be influenced by bands such as Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Grief, and other like-minded bands.  The really unique quality that makes Negative Standards stand out from their peers is their use of sound samples and noise as a way to add additional layers of complexity to the band's already dark and ominous sound.  Since forming in 2009, Negative Standards have released a five song EP titled I-V in November of 2010, a six song LP titled VI-XI in May of 2012, and a split LP with Whitehorse in October of 2013.  Fetters is the band's latest full-length LP which is slated self-release by the band in the US and by Vendetta records internationally on June 17th, 2016.  On Fetters, Negative Standards offer up ten tracks of vicious, caustic, and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, crust, doom, and noise.  Overall, Fetters is an amazing album and is sure to be one of my favorite albums of the year.  Seriously, this album is that good!  Highly recommended! Enjoy!

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