NEGATIVE VIBES: Self-titled: EP

Negative Vibes do an excellent job of blending early ‘80s Boston hardcore with late ‘80s NYHC. Think of DYS crossed with the first Sick Of It All EP. Thundering drums, growling vocals, razor sharp distortion on the guitar, and that bass with a really nice low end to keep it all on a solid foundation. The songs are rife with energy and high tension, tightly played, and the vocals come across clear and with conviction. Six songs and not one stinker among them. I’m hoping there’s more to come from these folks. –Matt Average (N.I.C., nic.ayz.pl)