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OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresTechnical death metal
Avant-garde metal
Years active1994–2010
Associated actsGorguts, Quo Vadis, Ion Dissonance, Augury
MembersLuc Lemay
Steeve Hurdle
Miguel Valade
Etienne Gallo
Past membersRoxanne Constantin
Dominic "Forest" Lapointe
Patrick Robert
Alain Demers

Negativa were a Canadian avant-garde technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec formed by Steeve Hurdle ex member of the technical death metal band Gorguts. It also includes musicians from Ion Dissonance and Augury. The band released their first three-song recording, a self-titled release limited to 1000 copies, in November 2006. The CD was recorded at Wild Studios by Pierre Rémillard. Their first performance took place at Cafe Chaos on November 12, 2006. Because of the high profile of the band's members, this new tech metal supergroup has been eagerly awaited by fans of the genre.

Negativa had been recording songs for their next release. In 2007, guitarist Steeve Hurdle stated: "We have nearly 75 minutes of new music ready for the album and we're very anxious to share it with all of you. We'd like to warn you that our new songs are nothing like what you heard on the MCD; they're more ambient and emotional."[1]

Hurdle died on May 20, 2012, following post-surgical complications.[2]


Negativa have been influenced by many different artists from many different subgenres, ranging from heavy metal to jazz and from classical music to alternative rock. These include Death, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Jeff Buckley, Soundgarden, Olivier Messiaen, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, and Johann Sebastian Bach.[3]



Members at time of dissolution[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (Augury, Atheretic, Quo Vadis, Humanoid)
  • Miguel Valade
  • Patrick Robert (1996–1998) (ex-Gorguts)
  • Alain Demers (1996) (Obliveon)
  • Etienne Gallo (2005–2010)
  • Christian Paquet (2001) (Versus Chaos)
  • Steeve Mc Donald (1994–1996)
  • Luc Lemay (Gorguts) (2005–2009)


  1. ^ Interview in Blabbermouth "Back In Studio - June 22, 2007"
  2. ^ Avis de décès, Steeve Hurdle May 2012. Retrieved on 27 May 2012.
  3. ^ Negativa MySpace page