Nega Blast X is a trance techno industrial music project formed in 2010 by Burbank music arranger and author Dominic R Daniels. Techno, which is all too often the misnomer branded to all music that sounds computer generated, oftentimes including Nega Blast X in that jumble. But this project is so much more. Built around energetic dance beats and industrial grind, many layered with synth-melodies. Structurally, Nega Blast X tries to achieve a crescendo-style effect, building and releasing intensity and tension several times throughout a song. Dominic R Daniels, the mastermind behind the project, pushes his synthesizers to the utmost of comprehensible sonic tweakage to get his sound where he wants it to go, on his latest 10 track album, “We Want to Rock”.
Each track on the album is unique in its own right, yet still maintains a kind of signature-infected soundscape that makes each tune both mind-bending and dance-inducing at the same time. In addition, each track seems to have a special feature that makes it stand out from the other tracks, such as the smorgasbord of heavy synth riffs in “Centipede”, the frenetic guitars and percussion in “Tribal Sunday”.
The intense emotional build-up and breakdowns in “Revive My Heart”, and the funky rhythms and robotic vocals in “We Want To Rock”, which gradually shifts, constantly adding and subtracting layers, consistently resetting itself, like a motorcycle changing gears. The eclectic feel of vicious and delicious represents a winning formula for Nega Blast X.
As time passes on, so do the trends of the world. The electronic music scene is a clear sign that the trends of the world constantly evolve. Once an underground scene with a sound that kept it mainly unnoticed save for a few surfacing trends, has become more and more in vogue as producers find ways to implement it into quicker, louder, and flashier music.
Nega Blast X is capable of doing all of that and still keeping his music visceral, gritty and raw, as is evident on “Electric Sex” and “Technotronic”. Nega Blast X manages to keep the energy high through most of the tracks, displaying interesting mixes of metallic leads, skittering electro beats, and other hard hitting synth work that are familiar to those of the alternative electronic genre.
Though this may sound a little too busy for casual EDM follower, Nega Blast X manages to establish his own unique voice with his sound by introducing familiar rock-type riffs and experimenting with his styles using wavy and stabbing basslines and an array of musical effects and vocal chops.
Along with otherwise catchy intrusions such as “Dream Time” or “Black Journey’s intriguing lead melody line, Nega Blast X has a lot to offer in an entirely retro-futuristic zone of music that still includes nostalgic videogame-type themes, and classic roots electronica. Those who crave heavyweight sounds and rhythms, will be satisfied with every song here. You’ll find an incredible amount of enjoyment from the insane arrangements that Dominic R Daniels has cooked up on the “We Want to Rock” album.