Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Review: Neurotech – 'Symphonies'


For the past three years Wulf's (AKA Neurotech) Symphonies have provided an unexpected end of year highlight. The Slovenian producer and composer has weaved his own particular cinematic musical style from a number genres including futurepop, metal, industrial, and classical, but it is with these that he has produced some of his most stunning work.

The four symphonies draw from all of the above genres in some way. Moving seamlessly between metal guitars, futurepop melodies and haunting strings for what can only be described as a very 21st century take on classical composition. The different symphonies all last for between thirteen to eighteen minutes and each one in that time takes the listener on a journey through different movements and emotions, all framed by a cinematic sense of scope.

Add the four different parts together with 'The Elysian Symphony', 'The Halcyon Symphony', 'The Ophidian Symphony', and the newest composition 'The Veneration Symphony' and you can't help but feel as though you're listening to the soundtrack to and epic film or computer game.

The production, as we have now come to expect from Wulf, is first class all the way. His style and pallet is constantly evolving and refining itself and it is easy to hear that progression on this album. But despite these originally being four separate releases he ties them together with ease.

'Symphonies' is an exquisite album for fans of soundtracks and symphonic metal. Wulf's skills are at this point beyond reproach and with a release like this under his belt it is mind-boggling that he isn't writing scores for films yet.  

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