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.
Dedicated to ’80s heavy metal and the closely related sounds of speed metal and American power metal.
Rating 93 / 100 Gloom Influx’s incorporation of chiptune music and electronic metal into outrun is an ambitious and remarkably successful creation
Rating 58 / 100 Despite a few exceptional songs, Judas Priest’s latest offering does little to pull the band out of their decades-long slump into mediocrity
An in-depth look at the history, present, and future of the synthwave genre.
Genre labels are valuable tools for understanding and communicating with one another about music. The responsible use of them increases clarity, recognition, and appreciation of artists’ creations.
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: 92 / 100 White Wizzard makes a stunning return to form on Infernal Overdrive with several exceptional and inspired melodic metal creations
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.