The Salem Ritual
Parasitic Entity


3.0
good

Review

by Dalton DuBois USER (12 Reviews)
December 29th, 2017 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Genuine creativity shoehorned into a genre-shaped box

Over the last ten years, many bands have been attempting to define their sound as a deft amalgamation of retro electronics and “core” genre influence, with Colorado newcomers ‘The Salem Ritual’ bringing their own mix of Deathcore, Downtempo, and Electronic music to the table. While the overall product ‘Parasitic Entity’ is a genuinely entertaining little EP, a blend of creative ideas, entertaining electronic compositions, and competent instrumentation are suffocated by inconsistent production, awkward songwriting, and frustrating genre tropes.

Downtempo has been the flavor of the month for Deathcore fans for roughly five years now, and while on its own the genre has some merits, its qualities completely detract from what the band was attempting to do here. Songs such as “The Thing” demonstrate this, as the sterile guitar production isn’t strong enough to justify the more simplistic chugging guitar based songwriting that comes with the Downtempo genre, and it makes the electronics, the best part of this EP, sound out of place and forced as a result. Not all is lost though, tracks like EP closer “The Mask” shows that the band knows the type of atmosphere they’re trying to create, with almost the entire track being filled with retro-styled electronics in the vein of ‘Crossovers Inside My Fingers’ helping to create a haunting atmosphere that’s entertainingly uncomfortable and eerie to listen to. The problem is that the Electronic side of this EP is so much better than the Deathcore side that it creates an almost eclipse effect where you wonder why they even bothered including the guitars at all; the harsh vocals are crisp and solid, particularly the lower register, so such a transition into letting the electronics take the forefront over the guitars would be an easy and welcome change to do.

At the end of the day what can be taken away from this release is that ‘The Salem Ritual’ is an ambitious project with plenty of potential, but is being strangled by the confines of one of its own genre influences. Hopefully the band’s next release will capitalize on the band’s stronger electronic songwriting ability and tone down the Downtempo influence to more tastefully used moments.



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BlackMalachite
December 29th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Part One of the Snidetronic-Core: Review Series - https://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=1051789&listid=179067

Stream - https://thesalemritual.bandcamp.com/releases

"The Mask" was such an awesome track, if this band can do more songs like that, their releases would be consistently better.

BlackwaterPork
December 29th 2017


4390 Comments


Good review my boy, have a pos

BlackMalachite
December 29th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you my dude!

Divaman
December 29th 2017


7794 Comments


Album doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but nice write-up.

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BlackMalachite
December 29th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you man! It's part of a review series I'm starting up. Gonna try and expose Sputnik to more of my favorite genre.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2017


11798 Comments


Good review man, nicely written.

"for roughly around five years" one of those adjectives is redundant

BlackMalachite
December 30th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Scuro: Good catch! I fixed it, thanks man. I'm trying to bring more attention to Electronicore on this site, and add a wealth of new bands to the database.



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