The Space Tapes

Syntax is back with his fourth release, The Space Tapes. I am a huge fan of his first two releases, while the third just didn’t wow me. I admittedly had high expectations, and I also think it was just a little too similar to what he had done before. Well, what a difference a year and a half makes! Now this is still Syntax, so you’re gonna hear his signature sounds. But in contrast to his third release, on The Space Tapes we get a bit more evolution, and on a few tracks there’s even a bit more “soul” (as much as you may think electronic music can have and/or evoke). The highlight has to be Bellatrix, a collaboration with Droid Bishop. The album is reasonably-priced at $10, and that’s for 19(!) tracks.

Devil Electric

As much as I like doom, I’ve come to realize that I really like old-school doom, which is basically what Black Sabbath gave birth to. Blues-based and adding a bit of psychedelic rock, that is the sound that I really like. Modern doom, with few exceptions, is not what I’m really into. It’s gotten too much with excess down-tuning, incomprehensible vocals, and more that has driven me more to actual psychedelic rock, which can still have a heavier edge. One of those bands is Australia’s Devil Electric. After their debut EP came out in June 2016, they have recently released their self-titled debut album. I think I’ve already stated my affinity for female vocals, and with this music it fits in beautifully, having those angelic mid-highs and highs soaring over the great fuzzed guitars and booming bass. It would be hard not to compare them to Ruby the Hatchet, but I’ll say that I’m hearing a bit more guitar and heavier sound overall. That’s not meant to slight Ruby the Hatchet at all! It’s just a variant in their sounds, and that’s a good thing; if they were the same, I’d have no reason to write this entry. I’m very happy I discovered Devil Electric, and I really look forward to digging more into this genre and finding more new bands.

Thangorodrim

I am very new to the genre of dungeon synth. The little bit I have listened to reminds me of Glen Danzig’s Black Aria, with its sombre tones and almost choking atmosphere. That’s not to say all dungeon synth is like that. One of the albums that I’ve had on rotation quite a bit is Thangorodrim’s Gil-Estel. While there are still some signature undertones of possible danger, this album has lightened up just a little bit, and it makes it that much more versatile as both a listening experience and practical background music for an RPG session, writing, or anything else. For more information on dungeon synth, check out this article on Bandcamp.

New Model

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that The Uncanny Valley came out, but here we are almost a year and a half later, and Perturbator has released a new EP, New Model. Similar to his other releases and others from Blood Music, New Model is priced at Name Your Price.

As appropriately titled, this is indeed the furthest Perturbator has stretched out. Now, that’s not to say he wasn’t already experimenting since Dangerous Days, as well as using past EPs especially¬†Sexualizer to really see what direction he could go in. New Model turns the danger and imminent threat sound from Dangerous Days and The Uncanny Valley up to 11. Is it too much? Well, I don’t know if it can go anywhere else, at least in that direction. And that sound seems to include more dub and other odd (at least to me) influences that I’m already hearing in other electronic acts such as Front Line Assembly’s Echogenetic.

However, I must say the sheer sonic bliss and sound quality of the synths used on this EP, whether software and/or hardware, are the best I’ve heard from Perturbator or anyone else. You really need to listen to this EP with some high-quality headphones or monitors to appreciate it. I’m now very curious where Perturbator goes from here, and I really look forward to his next release!

Bandcamp find: Terrortron

Do you like the music of John carpenter, and other soundtracks from old-school creepy movies? Well then you need to listen to Terrortron! All three of their releases are priced as name-your-price, so check it out!