The Reckoning Synthpop, Darkwave Saturn Eye 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. What is rather impressive about the production of 'The Reckoning' is its varied sounds and inspirations combining in a smooth fashion. Deep synths a la sci-fi electro-industrial and simple looping drum pads straight out of a sad darkwave song with a tick for the inevitable play out during the verse. But, as a mad scientist does, the experimentation continues into the chorus with warped synthpop beats - as if the soundtrack to a modern rise of Frankenstein's monster. A certain ominous and spooky atmosphere is present throughout the track and its wonderous. The Reckoning by Saturn EyeWhat is not so wonderous, however, are the vocals from Johnny Ventura's side. While his voice is clean, it is also very standard for the synthpop and darkwave arena. Utilizing a spoken word and monotone nature for the verse and switching to a pitch-shifting voice during the chorus with deep output. It's decent, and gets the job done, but I've heard this same vocal set a million times in other tracks in the same field - and it's rather redundant. While the music on 'The Reckoning' is on point, I do believe this duo need to go back to the drawing board on the vocals. Again, they're not terrible, but they are stereotypical for the genre. Six-and-a-half out of ten.  350
Brutal Resonance

Saturn Eye - The Reckoning

6.5
"Alright"
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. 

What is rather impressive about the production of 'The Reckoning' is its varied sounds and inspirations combining in a smooth fashion. Deep synths a la sci-fi electro-industrial and simple looping drum pads straight out of a sad darkwave song with a tick for the inevitable play out during the verse. But, as a mad scientist does, the experimentation continues into the chorus with warped synthpop beats - as if the soundtrack to a modern rise of Frankenstein's monster. A certain ominous and spooky atmosphere is present throughout the track and its wonderous. 



What is not so wonderous, however, are the vocals from Johnny Ventura's side. While his voice is clean, it is also very standard for the synthpop and darkwave arena. Utilizing a spoken word and monotone nature for the verse and switching to a pitch-shifting voice during the chorus with deep output. It's decent, and gets the job done, but I've heard this same vocal set a million times in other tracks in the same field - and it's rather redundant. 

While the music on 'The Reckoning' is on point, I do believe this duo need to go back to the drawing board on the vocals. Again, they're not terrible, but they are stereotypical for the genre. Six-and-a-half out of ten. 
Aug 08 2022

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

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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