Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the single, The Bitter End, from Audio Terrorist which was released in October 2021.
The Bitter End faces the challenges of our time. It is a song that addresses social injustices and aims to strip away our delusions about ourselves. Lyrically, this is a song about political corruption, but from a personal perspective. It hints at self-denial, criminal intent, deceit, and the whole theme of “getting away with it.”
Audio Terrorist have created a dark wave and industrial sound for this track, with some crossover elements of Art Rock and just a touch of European Rock. Despite being from Seattle, there are some hints of Scorpions in The Bitter End, especially in the lead vocals.
Audio Terrorist are Kalib DuArte (Singer/Songwriter/Keyboards/DrumMachine), Chris Wirsig (Keyboards/Composition), Tim Leehane (Keyboards/Editing), and Lee Presson (Keyboards). Guest Guitarists include Eric Wenger, Tyrone Stanford, and others.
The Bitter End fades in with filtered electronic sounds that build into a hypnotic drum machine beat that will have you nodding your head along in no time. We love the bass riff that leads into the chorus, and note the superb use of stops in this track to create a tension: release element to the track to keep the listener engaged. The overall soundscape of the track is dynamic and has some wonderful roller-coaster-like rise-and-fall moments.
The choruses are huge-sounding (one of the things that led us to draw comparisons to the Scorpions) and the addition of layered vocals is a nice touch here.
The Bitter End makes great use of sections to maintain interest for the listener as well, making sure to give them something new and exciting to listen to at all times. We particularly liked the heavier, crunchy guitar-led section which built back into the chorus (which we expect listeners to be joining in with by now!)
Audio Terrorist make good use of synths, electronic drums and keyboards to create an industrial dark wave track with lyrics to really make you think.