Negative Male Child "Little Brother" CDPosted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 6:30am » permalink
Reposting about this old gem due to lack of time and the fact that this write-up still gets a stray comment here and there, so there's still some well-deserved interest out there for this record. The band name may be somewhat iffy, and I've been ragged on for liking 'em in the past, but I say fuck that: These guys ruled. I don't remember how, but I actually discovered Negative Male Child before a few tracks from their lone 1995 full-length, "Little Brother", made it onto the second "East Coast Assault" compilation. Go figure. But whatever the case, this was some unique shit that never even came remotely close to receiving due attention. Sick drumming, wild fretless bass work, chunky guitar rhythms accented by tactfully executed noise textures, and totally unique vocals that hop all over the place from searing screams to rather twisted spoken passages. This is just an awesome, awesome record that offers up tons of diversity and individuality. It's a god damn shame the band disappeared sometime afterwards. All I know is that they were from New Jersey. Beyond that, I've got squat on these dudes.
But don't forgot those lyrics!
Have you ever had to wipe the spit from your face? Have you ever had to walk away from the one thing you wanted most? Have you ever thought the only way to escape was to end it all? Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever forgiven yourself? What have you done? Have you ever had to walk in your own shit, or eat someone else's? Have you ever wanted something you could never have? Have you ever thought to yourself, "There's just got to be more to life than this."? Have you ever believed? Have you ever been deceived? What have you done?
Fuck, man. "Metalcore" wasn't a dirty word 10 years ago, it was actually truly promising. Where did it all go wrong? Oh well. Since this one's out of print and much harder to find now than when I first posted about it three years ago, here's the whole shebang:
Criminally underrated. Glad there are still people out there that remember and love this band like I do! Copies of the actual CD are floating around out there on Amazon.com and eBay, but the prices are pretty stupid these days…