Pneumatic Detach - Buried Under Brimstone
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.
Pneumatic Detach is a brand-new name to me and one that was introduced just a week or two ago prior to this review. The solo project and alternate persona of founder and creator Justin Brink, Pneumatic Detach was formed in 2000 as a creative outlet. While I don’t have any prior experience with the project or his discography, I can tell you that Pneumatic Detach has recently reinvented himself. His rebirth begins with the single ‘Buried Under Brimstone’. This is a solid single showcasing Pneumatic Detach’s understanding and love of harsh electronic music, combing industrial, metal, and bass music into one thrashing package.
Pneumatic Detach reminds me, in some manner, of Dawn of Ashes – that’s if they removed most portions of searing and heavy guitar and replaced all that with heavy synths. Like a cut portion from the Doom soundtrack, Pneumatic Detach’s ‘Buried Under Brimstone’ is a nasty fusion of black metal vocals, sawing synth leads, and punishing industrial percussion. What I love about Pneumatic Detach’s mix as well is that the synths nor the bass never overpower the rest of the song. I often find that musicians in similar genres simply let the bass kill and drown out everything else; Pneumatic Detach’s experience shows here. The only part of Pneumatic Detach I would like to see improved right now is the vocals. I love the background growls, but the primary voice sounds like a little goblin prancing around a fire chanting to their gods. While at times this fits the song, at other times I find it comical. I’m not sure how Pneumatic Detach could fix this, but I wouldn’t mind hearing some vocal experiments in the future.
Overall, though, ‘Buried Under Brimstone’ is a solid, pulse-pounding industrial-metal-bass fusion that’s worth your time. Don’t miss out on this and check it out. Seven-and-a-half out of ten.Jun 20 2022
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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