Shredder 1984
Nemesis


4.5
superb

Review

by Herbie Chrost USER (18 Reviews)
December 17th, 2018 | 8 replies


Release Date: 09/22/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The inception of Doomwave

Forget “dark synth,” from now on this style of synthwave should be called “Doomwave.”

The texture of the synths are so rich yet the distortion is not overpowering and the production is clean and beautiful. The songs never get repetitive and each song brings something new to the table. What really sets this apart from other synthwave albums is its sense of dynamics and songwriting. There’s the heavy sections, the blast beats when the pace picks up, but there are also breakdowns (yknow, the kinds that you’d usually hear in hardcore punk or metalcore) and carefully placed quiet, atmospheric sections.

Really, it’s that careful balance of dynamics and sheer heaviness that ranks this as one of the best doomwave albums. Not only that but the synths truly sounds like “riffs” but not in the artificial way it does like on other albums in the genre (like, say, Master Boot Record). The dissonant synths on “Gargantua” are designed and played like black metal riffs and the distorted start-stop riffs littered all over the album could have been lifted from a Rammstein record.

It’s all of these factors which come together that makes this such a unique and innovative album in the genre. That last minute on “CyberKult” is one of the most truly evil and heaviest moments of doomwave ever recorded and that’s still taking into account GosT’s Possessor, Master Boot Record’s Virus.Dos, and Occams Laser’s Occult 87.

Even with all the gushing, there is admittedly still room for improvement. The production is impeccable but one thing that holds the music back by a bit is the drums. They sound great but for what they’re programmed to do, they’re much better fit for a live drummer. I also couldn’t help but feel that vocals would be a welcome inclusion too.

The fact that there’s the possibility that Shredder1984 is capable of more intense, infernal heaviness is almost a terrifying thought. However, it goes to show how much the synthwave scene has been evolving and that isn’t a very terrifying thought at all.



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TVC15
December 17th 2018


10233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very hasty and quickly written review I made for this piece of badassery last night on RYM. HIGHLY recommended to anyone with a passing interest in synthwave.

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50iL
December 19th 2018


5262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good rev, short and sweet. More people should check this

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TVC15
December 19th 2018


10233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yup, short and sweet... the complete opposite of most my reviews lol





Dunpeal
December 19th 2018


4227 Comments


Perturbator does this way better tho tbh

Panzerchrist
December 19th 2018


439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Except Perturbator claims he's done making this style of music

TVC15
December 19th 2018


10233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Perturbator’s in a league of his own and I’d argue his New Model EP toes the line between industrial and doomwave

parksungjoon
December 21st 2018


9584 Comments


classic pert is dope but i dig the direction he went in with the new model

should hear this huh

BallsToTheWall
December 22nd 2018


49783 Comments


Gotta hear this.

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