"Digitize" by Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions is finally here. Fronted by the phenomenal vocals of Klym Apalkov, this track confidently strides into the future of metal while honoring its roots.
"Digitize" boldly strides towards unseen frontiers in the realm of digital metal. From the forceful drums to the technical guitar riffs, Gary’s signature progressive imprint is stamped all over the track. But the band has taken everything up a notch here. The drum programming in particular is ridiculously intricate - they propel the song with brute energy, yet you can sense immense nuance and passion in every strike of the skin.
The way those synths and samples were woven into that track blew me away. Soaring pads emerged behind the guitars like something out of a sci-fi film, while these glitchy arpeggios pierced through, keeping things going. It all came together to imbue the song with this feeling of adrenaline-fueled momentum like it was catapulting me toward some unknown virtual destiny.
But what took things to the next level were the mesmerizing vocals of Klym Apalkov. His deep voice is like a multi-talented tool, molding perfectly to fit whatever emotional vibe the song was putting down. One moment, he'd belt out lines with this anguished ferocity to match the punishing instrumentals, giving me chills. And then suddenly his tone would plunge into this chilling melancholy that had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. It was wild to see how fearlessly Klym embodied every human feeling imaginable with total command. His performances somehow incarnated Gary's immense musical vision into realities that we can all relate to on some level.
The song finds that place where our digital world meets what's inside our hearts. They take the listener on a journey that just blows past any boundaries. Honestly, to fully soak up the scope and impact of this epic five-minute song, you have to hear it for yourself. Open up whatever streaming service you use and give it a listen right now. The level of genius and innovation they showed on this one has me excited to hear what else Gary and Apalkov come up with next because it's certain to be unlike anything we've heard before.