VHS Glitch - Demoniac
Released off label 2016
The season of trickery and deceit is rising before us once more and our favorite virus spreading software VHS Glitch is back with its synth encrypted messages with Demoniac. Sounding like a cross between the darkened legendary score from Nightmare on Elm Street, electric guitars streamed from the glory days of power metal, and the silky smooth production from Perturbator, Demoniac is a wicked beast that will make your Halloween dancefloors light up.
Along with Demoniac comes a self written story from VHS Glitch following a boy named Jeffrey who was raised on Christian values by his adopted parents. After discovering his birth parents were the victims of a violent tragedy on this very day from his lawyer, he decides to visit the property his parents left for him. Upon discovering a pentagram drawn in blood by his parents, Jeffrey tried to flee. The house shook. It turned red. The fires of Hell waited for him outside. And then he heard a monstrous voice beckon to him. However, the actual written story is much, much better and I shan't spoil the ending for you, so head over to VHS Glitch's Bandcamp to read the full passage.
Anyway, like most concept based synthwave albums Demoniac plays out like a long lost soundtrack to a film that was never made. The theme song is full of those glorious electric guitar bits and has a cinematic build up before getting to the juicy bits. 'Memories' uses field recordings of children on a playground and the like, most like a moment to be used when Jeffrey is trying to reminisce his past and rediscover what's been hiding in his brain all these years. For songs to use to give the dancefloor a kick in the ass, you need look no further than 'Inanumatum' and 'The Evil Inside'.
Most of the other songs including 'Sanguine', 'Stages of Possession', and 'Analog Nightmare' have a wonderful creepy atmosphere about them that lead into glorious synthwave funnels. The bonus track on the album titled 'Devil's Organ Sonata' is exactly what it sounds like; the sound of an organ put me in a spellbound state and was complete with the static and film that comes from playing a record.
With tomorrow being Halloween and today being the official release of Demoniac, I'd say a couple of DJs and the like will want to take a look at this album before finalizing their set list. There are a couple of tracks that would be perfect for the dancefloor, parties, or even for personal use. Go get Demoniac before it gets you.
Oct 30 2016
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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