I’m usually not a fan of heavy tracks but this single from a new Australian talent in VNCCII just blew my mind. From the creepy down-pitched vocals to the frantic pace of the synths before the song’s drop, Wasteland is like an industrial science fiction movie came to life as a song, all before it delivers one of the most exciting dubstep(?) drops I’ve ever heard. The transition from the cryptic vocals declaring “unleash the wildebeest” into gnarly bass wobbles is straight up cinematic and would sound perfect pumping out of Shambhala speakers (I’m unfortunately too old for that crowd) or behind a heart-pumping alien chase scene (much better)!
Wasteland now has me thinking about my favorite science fiction movies…the first one I remember seeing was Aliens when it came out in 1986. It had the perfect mix of heart racing action and terror that I didn’t know I wanted so badly as a kid. The Thing was up there for me too…those scares and stressful actions sequences were second to none. Both movies gave me a thrill that I’ve chased ever since, so I’m happy that those same thrills made it into a three minute song for me to get my fix!
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