|28th of May, 2021
|Cover Artwork ©
|Blood Music, 2021
Genres are a curious thing. Synthwave is genre that totally flew under my radar, even though I am really into bands like Death of Lovers, Nine Inch Nails or Depeche Mode and other bands, that incorporate heavy beats and use of synths. A name that often popped up, when I tried to gain some knowledge about this style of music was Perturbator. Making music since 2012, Lustful Sacraments is the fifth album by James Kent aka Perturbator.
With the release of the first single of this album “Death of the Soul” and the accompanying video I was instantly hooked: “Enter the Void“-aesthetics (a great movie by Gaspar Noé) and a pounding beat. This song makes you want to wear sunglasses at a night club, because dimmed lights are still to bright. Other songs, that fall into that spectrum are “Secret Devotion” or the 7 minute epic “Messalina, Messalina“. Songs like “Dethroned Under a Funeral Haze” or the album closer “God says” on the other hand have a big Shoegaze-feeling, which gets the album a nice flow. Especially “Dethroned Under a Funeral Haze” reminds me of the band Death of Lovers (which you should check out, if you like this track).
The whole album reminds me of 80s science fiction night clubs. This could be spinning at the TechNoir night-club from Terminator. There is this lurking darkness, that engulfs every track and puts it into shimmering black-light. Lustful Sacraments is highly recommended when you are in dire need of some dark danceable music in spite of the sunny summer that’s ahead of you.