Battle Lines (feat. Element 104) Darkwave, Synthpop Deep Red This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. Deep Red is a name that I’m not all to familiar with so I can’t give out a huge history lesson on the duo. However, they were active from the late nineties to the early double-O’s until they decided to go on what would become an indefinite hiatus. I say what would become as the duo has decided to make a bit of a comeback in 2023 with but a taste of what is to come. They have re-released one of their favorite single from their 2002 album “Chimera”, that being the single ‘Battle Lines’ featuring fellow Miami based outfit Element 104. Battle Lines by Deep Red featuring Element 104So the real question is this: How does the remastered / reworked version fair against the original? The short answer is that it’s an improvement. While the original had me bobbing my head and having a good time, I couldn’t help but feel as if it was still a bit of a demo that needed more work. This new version is more complete; bopping synthpop elements with a powerful lead vocalist. Harder beats than the standard, that’s for sure, giving it a rougher edge for your local goth dance club. I feel as if the mix and master could have been more crisp, however, as I’ve seen / heard better in the modern age. But I’ve also to keep in mind that this is a remake of a song from twenty-years ago. So, I’m keen on hearing what Deep Red will include in their next launch, and how it’ll take modern production techniques into account.   450
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Deep Red - Battle Lines (feat. Element 104)

7.0
"Good"
Released off label 2023
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. 

Deep Red is a name that I’m not all to familiar with so I can’t give out a huge history lesson on the duo. However, they were active from the late nineties to the early double-O’s until they decided to go on what would become an indefinite hiatus. I say what would become as the duo has decided to make a bit of a comeback in 2023 with but a taste of what is to come. They have re-released one of their favorite single from their 2002 album “Chimera”, that being the single ‘Battle Lines’ featuring fellow Miami based outfit Element 104. 


So the real question is this: How does the remastered / reworked version fair against the original? The short answer is that it’s an improvement. While the original had me bobbing my head and having a good time, I couldn’t help but feel as if it was still a bit of a demo that needed more work. This new version is more complete; bopping synthpop elements with a powerful lead vocalist. Harder beats than the standard, that’s for sure, giving it a rougher edge for your local goth dance club. I feel as if the mix and master could have been more crisp, however, as I’ve seen / heard better in the modern age. But I’ve also to keep in mind that this is a remake of a song from twenty-years ago. So, I’m keen on hearing what Deep Red will include in their next launch, and how it’ll take modern production techniques into account. 

 

Jun 17 2023

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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