Bite the Boxer - Rituals
Released off label 2023
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.
My last outing with Bite the Boxer was rather fruitful; his single ‘Battleship’ was quite a lively little synthwave jam with just enough heart and soul to make it different from the crowd. However, Bite the Boxer has moved in quite a different direction; rather than continuing on in an indie-pop fashion, his focus is now on synthwave, cyberpunk, ambient, chillwave, lo-fi, and a tad bit of industrial. His latest single ‘Rituals’ is a showcase for this newfound style featuring ominous synths and angelic like hymns. A slow percussive beat adds in some tension to the single and somewhat reminds me of a futuristic neo noir thriller.
The song is a bit ruined around the one-minute and twenty-second mark when the vocals kick in. I understand that there was an effort to make lo-fi vox, but they come out as significantly feeble in comparison to the beat. When once I was traveling through a decrepit city in neo-noir fashion I was now thrown out of that fantasy and into a smoldering, blistering and painful nothingness. While I think Bite the Boxer has his instrumentals down, he needs to work on his vocals.
Thankfully, the vocals don’t kick around for too long and eventually give way so we get more music than singing, so it’s a net positive. But this isn’t a song I think I’d come back to anytime soon, either.
Jun 17 2023
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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