Morrigan Darksynth DevaNexus This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. When last I met DevaNexus it was on a middling field of synthwave / darksynth production as the artist failed to establish a dedicated identity for himself and instead leaned into what everyone else is doing in the darksynth field. And, don’t get me wrong; those beat provided a decent time as background noise for physical activity or household chores, but on a listening scale it was just the same. Nothing grabbed my attention. However, DevaNexus is coming back to the world reformed and reshaped into something new. Rather than leaning into overtly cyberpunk themes, the musician is now focusing his efforts on blending darksynth with Celtic culture and mythology. As such he has released his brand-new single ‘Morrigan’ which explores these themes.And, well, the result is pretty good! An opening sample sets the tone as someone prays to some deity or another to guide them through the dark. Crows beckon out as an otherworldly being breathes down our necks before tribal drums join the fray. Eerie synths haunt the background into the leadup before all goes a bit quiet and we’re dumped into a stompy darksynth beat. Was I a bit disappointed that most of the elements from the beginning disappeared during this segment? Sure, I was, and it wasn’t as creative as I wanted it to be. But DevaNexus brings out a flourish as the stumpiness gets more stompy and those elements that I loved at the beginning make a remarkable return just before the two-minute mark. The song continues to play with this in-and-out routine, bouncing between both folklore elements and modern electronics. This is a good rebirth and one that I’m hoping doesn’t turn out to be a one-shot wonder. Don’t make it gimmicky and keep up the good work.  450
Brutal Resonance

DevaNexus - Morrigan

7.5
"Good"
Released 2024 by Off Label
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. 

When last I met DevaNexus it was on a middling field of synthwave / darksynth production as the artist failed to establish a dedicated identity for himself and instead leaned into what everyone else is doing in the darksynth field. And, don’t get me wrong; those beat provided a decent time as background noise for physical activity or household chores, but on a listening scale it was just the same. Nothing grabbed my attention. However, DevaNexus is coming back to the world reformed and reshaped into something new. Rather than leaning into overtly cyberpunk themes, the musician is now focusing his efforts on blending darksynth with Celtic culture and mythology. As such he has released his brand-new single ‘Morrigan’ which explores these themes.


And, well, the result is pretty good! An opening sample sets the tone as someone prays to some deity or another to guide them through the dark. Crows beckon out as an otherworldly being breathes down our necks before tribal drums join the fray. Eerie synths haunt the background into the leadup before all goes a bit quiet and we’re dumped into a stompy darksynth beat. Was I a bit disappointed that most of the elements from the beginning disappeared during this segment? Sure, I was, and it wasn’t as creative as I wanted it to be. But DevaNexus brings out a flourish as the stumpiness gets more stompy and those elements that I loved at the beginning make a remarkable return just before the two-minute mark. The song continues to play with this in-and-out routine, bouncing between both folklore elements and modern electronics. 

This is a good rebirth and one that I’m hoping doesn’t turn out to be a one-shot wonder. Don’t make it gimmicky and keep up the good work. 
Mar 10 2024

Steven Gullotta

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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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