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Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” – a combination of driving beats with hints of industrial heaviness

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Posted December 12, 2017 by Peter Burns in Headlines

There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores.

Artistically speaking, Nega Blast X is still pushing the boundaries of acceptance. “The Experiment”, is a loaded gun primed with elements of galactic acid rhythms, infused with just the right balance of desire for overindulgence and a wild sense of adventure. At times it feels as though you’re at a German rave in an underground club during late 1990’s.  And though synth technologies, have come a long way since then and all the rest of the art form has also progressed healthily, Nega Blast X’s brilliant retro sonics never feels out of context or redundant.

I have to be honest, most of the retro elements that are out of context in other genres today, come together in this magnificent collage with such effortless passion, enticing you on with each beat and further note. What a beautiful piece of electronic music.

After consideration, I believe that more work of this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art and industry to succeed and evolve. Nega Blast X demonstrates, with exquisite vibrancy, across the 8 tracks on “The Experiment”, why he deserves to be a classic in any self- respecting music aficionado’s catalogue.

What I’ll come out swinging with here is, “The Experiment” is one kick ass Nega Blast X recording. With its appropriate title, this EP conjures up some experimental musical vibes, some elaborate synths and groovy electronic dance beats.

The sound on “The Experiment” is an interesting combination of driving dance beats with hints of industrial heaviness, mixed together with sheer groove mastery. Plus electronic bleeps, guitar noise and smashing rock drums. Sounds like a mess doesn’t it? Far from it! It’s a great combo of electronic creativity. Absolutely focused and totally cutting edge.

“Bomber” opens the EP in an overdriven guitar-punk racket, before swerving into the keyboard funkiness of “Fireball”. “Mutant” raises the tempo and syncopated bass beat, before falling into the oddball vocal gymnastics of “Puppet”.

“Robot” sticks its thumping marching beat to the fore, eventually giving way to the cinematic synths, pianos and resonating basslines of “Starchild”.  “The Fuse” lifts the rhythm and intensity, introducing some squeakier synth and bass tropes.  “The Rumble” closes the EP as it opened, with an eight minute festival of over-driven rock guitars and solo drum and bass passages.

The track is sleazy, and embodies everything that the individuality and hedonism of rock and roll has always been about. Hardly something you would expect from an electronic album. But hey, this is Nega Blast X, and “The Experiment” is a clever album – a guilty pleasure with enough substance and style to really become addicted to it.

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