for all the emptiness - for all the emptiness
Synthpop, Futurepop When Jonathan Kaplan contacted me, and asked me to review his demo, I felt that his passion for the project was pronounced, and certainly full of pride.
Although all upcoming acts want you to believe they're the best thing since sliced Bread, there was something a little bit more tangible to this guy.

"for all the emptiness" is a Dark Electro act, which has a very unusual trait. That trait, my friends, is the vocal work. This demo kicks off with "Blame", which has immediately excellent synth, and within a few seconds, I wondered why this demo hasn't gotten Jonathan signed.
Then the vocals kicked in - they remind me of a cross between Power Metal act "Saxon" and The Cruxshadows. Rogue has that familiar voice that you just never forget, and there's a similar feeling here. I just don't know if the Industrial community can accept this vocal style.

That's not in any way meant to undermine or insult the artist - this vocal style is so contrasting to this style of music that I almost can't listen to it. However, Jonathan CAN sing, and he can sing well. Dilemma!

"I Die" is another track that's easily danceable, and the samples that ride through this release fit perfectly. The vocals are present here, and the style is still unusual, but they're toned down and a little bit more pacified.

"Prayers", "No Paradise" and "Spite" continue down this vein, with varied emphasis on the vocals, and a bit more aplomb as the artist finds his confidence, and It's really like listening to the Neofolk act "Dies Natalis", with a Synth Deck.

Regardless, these vocals are some of the most majestic I've ever heard, and although they completely contrast the Industrial/Electro style, Jonathans vocals are BEAUTIFUL. The lyrics, and titles also make me suspect this is a religion-based release. (Edit - after speaking to Jonathan, the album is intended to be anti-religious)

Religious beliefs aside, this is very unique, and actually quite full of life.
I want to give this a 9 out of 10, as it is absolutely overwhelming.
I'm going to score it a "7", as I have to consider how the Industrial public will react to it, and I think most won't take the time to appreciate the unique sounds of Jonathan Kaplan.

Crying shame, as this demo is actually beautiful. I'm not off to convert, but it's certainly quite an experience.

Pros :
- Musically Enduring
- Unique and original in every way
- Ideal length for a demo
- great understanding of programming
- beautifully performed vocals

Cons :
- Seemingly religious connotations might put people off
- vocals simply won't be understood by the Industrial community.
4
Brutal Resonance

for all the emptiness - for all the emptiness

7.0
"Good"
Demo released 2010
When Jonathan Kaplan contacted me, and asked me to review his demo, I felt that his passion for the project was pronounced, and certainly full of pride.
Although all upcoming acts want you to believe they're the best thing since sliced Bread, there was something a little bit more tangible to this guy.

"for all the emptiness" is a Dark Electro act, which has a very unusual trait. That trait, my friends, is the vocal work. This demo kicks off with "Blame", which has immediately excellent synth, and within a few seconds, I wondered why this demo hasn't gotten Jonathan signed.
Then the vocals kicked in - they remind me of a cross between Power Metal act "Saxon" and The Cruxshadows. Rogue has that familiar voice that you just never forget, and there's a similar feeling here. I just don't know if the Industrial community can accept this vocal style.

That's not in any way meant to undermine or insult the artist - this vocal style is so contrasting to this style of music that I almost can't listen to it. However, Jonathan CAN sing, and he can sing well. Dilemma!

"I Die" is another track that's easily danceable, and the samples that ride through this release fit perfectly. The vocals are present here, and the style is still unusual, but they're toned down and a little bit more pacified.

"Prayers", "No Paradise" and "Spite" continue down this vein, with varied emphasis on the vocals, and a bit more aplomb as the artist finds his confidence, and It's really like listening to the Neofolk act "Dies Natalis", with a Synth Deck.

Regardless, these vocals are some of the most majestic I've ever heard, and although they completely contrast the Industrial/Electro style, Jonathans vocals are BEAUTIFUL. The lyrics, and titles also make me suspect this is a religion-based release. (Edit - after speaking to Jonathan, the album is intended to be anti-religious)

Religious beliefs aside, this is very unique, and actually quite full of life.
I want to give this a 9 out of 10, as it is absolutely overwhelming.
I'm going to score it a "7", as I have to consider how the Industrial public will react to it, and I think most won't take the time to appreciate the unique sounds of Jonathan Kaplan.

Crying shame, as this demo is actually beautiful. I'm not off to convert, but it's certainly quite an experience.

Pros :
- Musically Enduring
- Unique and original in every way
- Ideal length for a demo
- great understanding of programming
- beautifully performed vocals

Cons :
- Seemingly religious connotations might put people off
- vocals simply won't be understood by the Industrial community.
Jun 16 2011

Demo

Demo release from the artist. A brief tape or recording illustrating the abilities of the artist.

Nick Quarm

info@brutalresonance.com
Writer and contributor on Brutal Resonance

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