☀ EDM Weather Reporter: Brandon Rafferty (Curator Presents) ☀
Dubstep don and tearout master BLAQOUT has once again devastated his audience. 2023 has proven to be a great year for his triumphant return, and he has returned with yet another brutal track.
Infernal Wrath begins with a cinematic atmosphere that soon sends into an absolute heavy metal breakdown. The bass mixdown in this section is absolutely stellar and guaranteed to have its listeners clenching their fists as they await the madness that is soon to come. When we get a short moment to breathe, we are sent into a quick yet heavy build-up where we are sent into what I classify as my favorite BLAQOUT drop of the year.
The drop is minimal yet devastating. The low-end on the growls come through clean and grimey, yet, it packs that aggression you would get from hearing a metal guitar in a low-tuned metal track. The growl chugs as the kick and snare smash and leaves just the right amount of air and space to carry the momentum. Leaving this gap of air between each element really allows for its listeners (especially if you are in a live setting) to feel the aggression and let loose in whatever way they deem necessary.
Soon we of course are introduced to the sustains on the later half of the drop, which just allows for the tearout explosion and moment of energy to be let loose. Being such a long-time fan of BLAQOUT, the quality of his mixing and mastering skills during this drop is really something that stuck out to me.
The bridge is a perfect blend of laid-back drum patterns with metal guitar railing, creating a nice flow to just bob back and forth before we are sent off to be executed by the second drop of this massive tune. If you thought the first drop was heavy, this next one is going to leave you speechless.
Machine gun basses blare as your bones are turned to dust by the vibrations of the subline that is presented to its listeners. It is short but straight to the point, it is a perfect BLAQOUT drop and quite honestly, it would be hard to choose which drop to choose for my live sets. Great work right here on display.
After following the BLAQOUT brand for years, as the writer of this article, I can say, that this track truly captures everything he has worked for and experimented with until he finally found this. He has finally found a pristine guitar tone that compliments his pure aggression and mixes well with the dubstep-style basses and growls we all know and love.
While being heavy, it still also presents elements of his riddim background as some of the hype basses in the background definitely remind me of something you’d find in modern riddim tracks. All of these elements, alongside a wonderful and clean mixdown and master, make Infernal Wrath one of the best BLAQOUT tracks to date.
I will eagerly be awaiting to see what he brings next, and we will be sure to cover it here at Monsoon Season.
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