Liminal Synthpop, Darkwave Saturn Eye This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. There’s quite an opposite effect happening on Saturn Eye’s new single ‘Liminal’ in comparison to what I heard the first time with their single ‘The Reckoning’. In my original review, I stated (in summary) that the beat was something that a mad scientist would think of which was a positive. The vocals, however, were bland and boring and sounded same-y to many other synthpop acts in the world. This time I’m finding myself swapping my opinion. Liminal by Saturn EyeThe vocals are very much improved; more powerful and dynamic. Are they great? Negative. They are passable at the very least and get me from one end of the song to the next. But there’s improvement; dynamic vocal range, varying delivery, more confidence. The beat, however, isn’t something I’d find myself listening to over and over again. It sounds rather cookie cutter, as if taking elements from your average synthpop track and jamming it into one single. There are a few moments to be appreciated; take the moment around the three-minute and twenty-second mark where the keys get a bit of a solo, and the synths sound rather dreary. Fairly interesting. But the material dries out about halfway through the song; six-minutes is too much, and I could easily see two-minutes being shaven off. Lessen the distance, make it sweeter. Not a bad single, not a great one. Certainly not something that should be tossed in the trash, but one that’s on the cusp of being good.  350
Brutal Resonance

Saturn Eye - Liminal

6.0
"Alright"
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. 

There’s quite an opposite effect happening on Saturn Eye’s new single ‘Liminal’ in comparison to what I heard the first time with their single ‘The Reckoning’. In my original review, I stated (in summary) that the beat was something that a mad scientist would think of which was a positive. The vocals, however, were bland and boring and sounded same-y to many other synthpop acts in the world. This time I’m finding myself swapping my opinion. 


The vocals are very much improved; more powerful and dynamic. Are they great? Negative. They are passable at the very least and get me from one end of the song to the next. But there’s improvement; dynamic vocal range, varying delivery, more confidence. The beat, however, isn’t something I’d find myself listening to over and over again. It sounds rather cookie cutter, as if taking elements from your average synthpop track and jamming it into one single. There are a few moments to be appreciated; take the moment around the three-minute and twenty-second mark where the keys get a bit of a solo, and the synths sound rather dreary. Fairly interesting. But the material dries out about halfway through the song; six-minutes is too much, and I could easily see two-minutes being shaven off. Lessen the distance, make it sweeter. 

Not a bad single, not a great one. Certainly not something that should be tossed in the trash, but one that’s on the cusp of being good. 

Jun 10 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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