AxeNeon – Takeover

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Artist: AxeNeoN

Release Title: Takeover

Release Date: 17 January 2022

Location: Los Angeles, California

Digital Price: $3.50

Length: 21min

This release by AxeNeoN titled Takeover, coming in at a short 21 minutes, is a great little darksynth release. Th world of independent synth is pretty crowded these days, and for how many releases there are, it’s not always easy to find something that you’ll want to consistently return to. A lot of EPs and albums come out and are decent, but many a time I find myself listening to something and I won’t go back for another round. With Takeover however I find that it’s something I continue to enjoy after listening to it now and again on and off for a few months now.

Once you find a synth release you connect with in some way – this is a largely instrumental genre, after all – if it’s really good, you’ll end up just looping the whole thing for a while, and before you know it you’ve been listening to the same 21 minutes for an hour. Takeover has only six tracks, each of which are strong enough to support that sort of repeat listening. The first track, The sight of hell brings new victims immediately hits you with crunchy bass sounds and high pitched keys that complement each other in a way that does evoke the sort of serial killer hunt, Terminator-on-the-prowl image that you’ll see in the album art. There’s a sort of guitar-pounding feel about this track too that gives it a mood that isn’t quite grasped elsewhere, but that’s fine because once we hear Separate parts, that driving synth plugs you in straight away to another form of darkness.

Being darksynth, there is an attempt to create a certain atmosphere through intense beats, fast-paced rhythms, and a variety of deep notes and high-pitched electronic whines and screams. You have a variety of tools available to you when you’re writing a purely instrumental album, but many artists do struggle to create the atmosphere and vibe that they’re seeking. With Takeover, AxeNeoN has more than achieved that atmosphere. Except for in Invisible side which seems to stand out as a peppy track that wouldn’t be out of place in a NES game. Invisible side doesn’t really feel like it belongs on Takeover, but perhaps it’s simply there to give a breather between Midnight hunter’s relentless sound and the sometimes-discordant sound of Hero’s return.

This isn’t necessarily the most groundbreaking of 2022 synth releases, but it doesn’t have to be. AxeNeoN has crafted an aggressive sound that doesn’t necessarily go too far. Takeover is something that’s simply a good listen, and sometimes that’s all we need our synth to be.

I hope you enjoy Takeover.

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