Waves_On_Waves and collaborators New Album 'Synthony Of Destrution'
Wave On Waves’ Synthony Of Destruction is an extensive collection of synth-based tracks, which features a long list of guest artists. The recording is over twenty songs long and adds up to nearly two hours of music. No skimping on quantity here, that’s for sure. These songs also lean toward the Gothic side of the stylistic spectrum, which leaves in coming off consistently dark throughout.
The act that comes immediately to mind while exploring this lengthy song set is Depeche Mode, for a couple of reasons. Both sonically and lyrically, many of these recordings will remind you of that British synth act’s venture into electronic Goth music with its 1986 album Black Celebration. There was just a sense of hopelessness saturating that album. However, the group was simultaneously exploring primarily synth sounds. Depeche Mode may have been a huge part of the synth-pop movement, but the group was likely also the saddest member of the bunch.
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Similarly, Wave On Waves delves into many varying manic depressed thought processes. For instance, “Wounds,” which also features Natsukime, processes personal pain points. Things get even darker with “Serial Killer,” which rides atop an electric guitar groove. Featuring Orax, it begins dangerously with, “There’s a killer on the road,” as its opening line. Lyrically, this one also points way back to the ‘70s Doors sounds, which was a band that contrasted with all the peace and love folks of that era with its many times scary words. Curiously, serial killing stories have never been more popular than now. Every week, it seems, Netflix releases either a documentary or dramatization of some mass murderer or other. This song could easily fit onto one of these cinematic soundtracks. Continuing this theme, in a way, another song is titled “She’s Jack The Ripper,” and features Raydar.
With all the colorless content, this act also has the nerve to include a song called “The World’s Turning Dark.” Ya think? The Wave On Waves world is already as dark as night, through and through. Maybe this song is included as a sort of exclamation point.
Ah, but we already know the world is dark, right? Everybody – and not just the Goths – lived through at least a two-year pandemic. When people all around you are sick or dying with a virus, well, it just doesn’t get too much darker than that. Unlike the blues, which actually makes you feel good because your life is not as bad as those described in these songs, Wave On Waves’ music actually makes you feel worse. You may find yourself wallowing in these painful musical expressions. It’s almost too much to take, in fact.
Sonically, though, this album is consistently high quality. The playing is excellent, and these are actual songs, not just sonic experiments. It’s difficult to imagine this music, had Depeche Mode not first pioneered it all those many decades ago. Nevertheless, pain and suffering has always been a big inspirer of artists from all vocations, and it seemingly took a lot of hurt to create Synthony of Destruction. If you’re ready to go to the dark side, this music will take you there.