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Darkwave Single Review: "Ritual" by Dark Saints

Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.


Dark Saints’ Ritual is a shadowy, powerful musical evocation of a magic spell. Tension-filled high synth moves in a thin line with reverberating, wide, metallic synth notes carrying a nervous melodic pattern over hard-edged, thick bass. String-like synth volleys shine harshly and a broad, metallic synth plays a clashing, wandering pattern. A trickle of metallic percussion joins the propulsive beat as terrified-sounding strings support the commanding words of a magical incantation.

The metallic synth pattern repeats again, broken by delicately chiming notes over surging bass. Swirling synth clouds move around distorted, twisting sounds as a wide, metallic synth carries a melody blending something hopeful with colder elements. A leaping synth melody bursts in, feeling more positive as it climbs over the shadows. Melancholy guitar twines into the music and shiny notes flicker through before the track ends with the ancient chant ebbing away.

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