Darkest Adrenaline is a solo project from a currently anonymous artist. The recent project, which was created back in 2013, is apparently the first step in what the artist hopes is just the beginning of his or her musical journey.
As of right now Darkest Adrenaline is releasing demos on Bandcamp and the first one is entitled Embers Of Hope. The songs meld electronic and rock elements all of which were made inside a DAW. At the very least these songs serve as a decent foundation while Darkest Adrenaline builds up his or her palette of sounds.
Embers of Hope opens with “Luminate.” The song combines arpeggiated synths and overpowering distortion from what sounds like a guitar. It’s a very robotic sounding song that fails to feel organic. There are shades of band like NIN. What the song needed was a bit more elements that have a human touch that unlocked emotion. It felt like music that might be played in First Person Shooter as you are entering a battle sequence.
“Drift Away” is more ethereal but has a very similar feel. At times the synth sounds aligned with the one on the first song and the overall energy is more subdued. The arpeggiated synths were becoming too formulaic by the time I got to “Sparks of Hope” which sounded like presets you could instantly call up in a DAW like Ableton Live or Logic. “Awakening” is arguably the strongest track on the album. There are some decent moments and transitions.
One of the hardest things to do especially when not using organic instrumentation and composing completely on a keyboard is to find a way for the music to have emotional resonance. This artist at this point has not figured out how to do that. The songs feel alien as if a computer made them. That being said that could be used to the artist’s advantage. These songs seemed perfect for a game like Quake, Gears of War or Halo. The artist may want to consider going down that path depending on how he/she evolves as an artist.
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