Digital Dusk - Conform.Obey
Released off label 2022
This review was commissioned through Ko-fi. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.
Digital Dusk has little in the way of biography, but what he does is combine his love for trap, metal, aggrotech, EBM, and industrial metal into one package. The Los Angeles based artist has been staggering single releases with his most productive year in 2018. It was then that he released the singles ‘Descent Down’ and ‘Annihilation Expectation’. Another single dropped in 2020 titled ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ and it wasn’t until an additional two years later that his single ‘Conform.Obey’ would drop. Where Digital Dusk doesn’t lack in making sure his beats are clean does he lack in creativity and a unique stamp on the genre.
‘Conform.Obey’ isn’t bad by any means necessary. The production quality is quite high for a song tagged with aggrotech and it has a pretty fun and bouncy beat. The problem, however, lies within the fact that I have heard so much dark electro, aggrotech, EBM, and metal crossovers stemming from the late 2000s and early 2010s that its hard to point out exactly what’s unique about this project. I suppose the only real issue that I have with the project is that sometimes the growling vocals makes it sound as if Digital Dusk is burping more than screaming, but that’s about it. The operatic vocals in the song are a decent touch as well. But the beat itself is rather overdone and bland for the genre. It’s not that I can’t recommend it, its just that its very middle of the road. Put in an aggrotech playlist, I would likely find a dozen other songs just like or at least similar to this one.
It’s not terrible, it’s not great. It’s in between. And for me, and in between is a five out of ten.
Jun 07 2022
Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.
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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