Rating: 68 / 100 A handful of great songs are hidden within Timecop1983’s latest venture into dreamy soundscapes, though it can be hard to find them among the overly similar compositions.
Rating: 97 / 100 The follow-up to the 2017 Synthwave Album of the Year matches the power and brilliance of its predecessor in every way
Rating: 78 / 100 Top-notch technical execution and production values pair darksynth with vintage science fiction for mostly enjoyable results.
Aggressive songwriting paired with nuanced and compelling compositions make Undead Thrasher a masterpiece of metal-minded darksynth
Rating: 87 / 100 Sleepwalking is a finely crafted — though somewhat uneven — creation that occasionally achieves pop perfection
Elay Arson’s newest venture into occult music is a diverse and ambitious effort that continues to redefine the darksynth genre
Rating: 75 / 100 Supernova is an endearing and polished creation that occasionally falls into generic songwriting
Rating: 83 / 100 Gost once again disregards music conventions for a unique audio creation that surpasses his past releases in nearly every way.
Rating: 92 / 100 Superdivorce’s sophomore effort is an earnest blend of new wave and alt rock that offers consistently rewarding moments across a diverse selection of songs
Rating: 94 / 100 Shredder 1984’s cyberpunk-themed second album is a borderline masterpiece that offers a handful of the best darksynth songs recorded to date.
Rating 93 / 100 Gloom Influx’s incorporation of chiptune music and electronic metal into outrun is an ambitious and remarkably successful creation
Rating: 45 / 100 Carpenter Brut’s long-awaited return is a feverish misfire packed with cringeworthy kitsch and mutilated attempts at metal fusion
Rating: 90 / 100 Neon Droid’s Sunset Trilogy masterfully combines diverse musical styles and instrumentation for an exciting creation at the frontiers of modern synthwave and darksynth.
Rating: 60 / 100 Lazerpunk’s impressive sound production and aggressive style make his shift away from synthwave and toward dubstep an attractive proposition, though monotonous songwriting and lack of inspired details drags down the recording’s potential.
Rating: 93 / 100 Raytracers’ journey through a well-realized science fiction universe represents an exciting and memorable creation at the frontiers of modern synthwave music.