Negant – Refuse! (EP – Læbel)

By Mar 17,2020

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Genre/Influences: EBM.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Negant is a Danish trio set up in 2017 by Jens B. Petersen (Neotek, ManMindMachine),  
Tommy B-Kuhlmann (In Absentia, ManMindMachine) and John R. Mirland (Mirland, Am Tierpark, M73, Holm/Mirland, Mirland/Larsen). They previously released their debut album “Nothing!” (2018) and the EP “No!” (2018). This is their third official record, which was already released during Summer 2019.  

Content: The work features 6 songs so in the end it’s more a mini-album instead of an EP. Negant moves on walking at the path of old-school EBM and especially with a 90s flavor recovering the songs. One of the best cuts (cf. “Euthanasia”) reminds me a bit of early Armageddon Dildos. A few cuts are however diversified with some extra, surprising elements such as acid sequences during the final part of “Absolution”. Except this last song, all other cuts are rather short and powerful.

+ + + : If you’re into retro-EBM this work is definitely something to your taste. But it’s not only an old-fashioned driven production, it also is a well-crafted and accomplished work revealing the EBM skills of composer John R. Mirland. The bass lines are solid and efficient, but I also enjoyed the string parts running throughout the songs. “Euthanasia” and “Terror” both are great exposures from this EBM formation.

– – – : Negant is not the kind of EBM band you are going to like if you’re in search of a progressive band; this is pure EBM for the die-hard freaks. I just have some doubt they are going to like the acid apotheosis on the last song.

Conclusion: Negant moves on composing enjoyable EBM with a strong 90s connotation.

Best songs: “Euthanasia”, “Terror”, “Triggered”.

Rate: (7½).


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