Originally begun as a side project to the new defunct Megaptera, the purpose of Negru Voda was to be a more personal and expressive solo outlet for death industrial veteran Peter Nystrom. Compared to the perhaps darker, more layered sound of Megaptera, Negru Voda is stripped down, unrefined, and to the point – old school, true to form, and primitive industrial music heavily influenced by pioneering electronic artists such as Test Dept, S.P.K., The Klinik, Cabaret Voltaire, Severed Heads, and the like. Primarily built upon a strong foundation of punishing and persistent rhythms and cold, analogue pulsations, these are colossal soundscapes, where harsh, factory corrosion is met with insidious waves of distorted, electro-shock blasts streaked with highly ominous and bleak atmospherics as fueled by pints of lager, drams of Islay single malt, alienization, media wastelands, and cold Scandinavian winters.With Vald de Luxe, Malignant presents a comprehensive 3CD overview of the complete Negru Voda sound, combining a slew of new, unpublished recordings, coupled with a collection of out of print, completely re-mastered works, including the full length Dark Territory CD (Old Europa Café, 1998), plus 3 bonus tracks, as well as the des Esseintes split 10” (Fin de Siecle, 2001) and the AVA: (dunk) picture 7” (Formosan, 2002). Also featured is the enlisted help of such notables as Magnus Sundstrom (des Esseintes, The Protagonist), Ulf Soderberg (Sephiroth), Kristoffer Oustand (V:28, K.N.O., Plague Machinery), and Christian Pallentin (P.A.L). Few can stake claim to the immeasurable influence and legacy of Peter Nystrom, and with Vald de Luxe, it becomes immediately evident that authentic, old school Swedish industrial still reigns supreme.
The mind behind Megaptera - maybe the finest hybrid of ambient, industrial, and black metal I can think of. On buying this album I realized Megaptera hadn't been discarded so Peter Nystrom can move in a more commercial direction. More industrial than I expected but in a hypnotic and mesmerizing way. unruh2525
If human experience was a sound, and that sound was a painting, it probably wouldn't sound like a 'Monet.' It would be this. Drained of superfluous hope, this is ugly and upsetting and somehow beautiful. The sound of human doubt, anxiety, lust and decay looking in the mirror. albinobone
First couple of tracks are drone heavy dark ambient. Later it gets more diverse and more industrial tracks show up. Hard to sit through the entire album but it all works really well. Quite a few movie samples including a lengthy one from "The Thing". We should all adopt some of MacReady's cool now. After all it could be much worse. At least that's what the alien brain slug tells me. tobias_rieper