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Retro-Synth Wizards CONFRONTATIONAL Channel ’80s Cult Classics in “FLAT/LINE”

As a rabid fan of vintage electronic music and a horror soundtrack junkie to boot, I’m stoked to add a new band to my audio arsenal… and after you roll on the clip below, I’m betting you’ll want to hear more from them too.

Founded in 2014 in Sardinia, Italy by artist Massimo Usai, the old-school synth unit CONFRONTATIONAL made their official debut with the single “Done With You,” and last October dropped their first full-length studio album A DANCE OF SHADOWS, one of the most impressive electronic music releases of 2015.



They later unveiled the music video for “To Live and Die On the Air,” featuring Cody Carpenter — the son of John Carpenter, a key influence on CONFRONTATIONAL’s sound, and who has also collaborated with his father on both of his amazing LOST THEMES albums.

I’ve been a fan of Usai’s music for much of the past decade, beginning with the act Recs of the Flesh, which blended Joy Division-style lyricism with the dark energy of progressive metal and industrial rock. Many of the same future-dystopian themes come across in CONFRONTATIONAL, but are now driven by synth beats, crushing bass lines, cinematic melodies, and Usai’s intense post-punk vocals.


This week, the lyric video for their single “FLAT/LINE” made its premiere via The ‘80s Guy, and it’s virtually overflowing with references to late ‘70s/early ‘80s horror and thriller titles — including THEY LIVE, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE NEW YORK RIPPER, CRUISING, SORCERER and more.

Check it out below, but bear in mind it’s not quite safe for work…

After highly positive reviews in the synthwave and dark music press and a phenomenal live set last October at France’s Synthzilla Music Festival, CONFRONTATIONAL continues to pick up momentum. Most recently, they’ve just announced an arrangement with independent label Bronson Recordings to release a limited 500-unit pressing of DANCE OF SHADOWS on translucent green vinyl.

They’re taking pre-orders very soon at Bronson Recordings’ BandCamp page, so get on this one ASAP!