“THE BURNING DAWN” is the last chapter of the trilogy by Massimo Usai’s Confrontational.
“…a more twisted, trickier and to some extent bolder version of dark-synth, compared not only to artist’s earlier releases, but everything the genre has presented since its resurgence… still heavily inspired by the eighties, still carrying its cinematic character with pride, yet, darker… CONFRONTATIONAL is one of the best acts – if not the finest one – in this super productiv synthwave business.”
The tracks on ‘Kingdom of Night’ (the second entry in a trilogy that started with ‘A Dance With Shadows’) are sounding darker, deeper and heavier than ever before. There was a deliberate focus on trying to create some classic anthems in the songwriting process – tracks with relentless beats, an emphasis on melody and a really driving chorus. The lyrics are quite representative of the whole album as well – a reaction to the fear, isolation and disconnection of this day and age… with hope looming somewhere in the distance. I was heavily influenced by my hometown of Cagliari, Sardinia, and its esoteric aura can be felt strongly throughout the LP in more than one way. I have been working very closely on the artwork with Branca Studio, and I could not be happier with the results.
A striking début LP that is thrilling soundtrack aficionados and lovers of electronic music alike, A DANCE OF SHADOWS by CONFRONTATIONAL pulsates and crackles with infectious energy, creating the perfect backdrop to a giallo slasher nightmare that stains the walls with bright red blood. With a story of his own, main man Massimo Usai manages to assert himself a unique author as he boldly lets go of the subgenre cliches and replaces them with his very personal expression. Featured in the TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2015 by retrosynth connoisseurs at NewRetroWave.com, the LP is also notable for the collaborations with Cody Carpenter (LUDRIUM, co-author with his father John Carpenter of the comeback releases LOST THEMES I & II), Monte Pittman (ex PRONG and current MADONNA guitarist) and Darren Travis (of Bay Area thrash legends SADUS). Heavy and ominous, this is a set of tracks that will evoke images of both the dance floor and the horror movie screen: CONFRONTATIONAL intends to confront you, and what he will show you may frighten you… but only until you come to love it for the art that it is.