Shockpowder define a new era and development in sound. The music they have created is inspired by shoegaze, infusing metal like the incredible amalgam to genres it is. Joshua Scurfield founded this project in 2015, which is chock-full of the musings of a genius. It is an exploration of sound patterns that has evolved from different legions of legends. This is his latest single, Summerglow.
There is a cannon projectile known as grapeshot. A large count of projectiles packed in one, for maximum impact against infantry. Shockpowder harnesses such a sound with his latest single. From the intro, we’re subjected to an oceans’ depth of just a two chord change. However, the impact is so surgical, you feel every lyrical just like you soak in the riff. The technique and work put into the sound is so special, it has a ripple effect unlike any other song I’ve heard attempted in this category. As a huge fan of Alcest myself and watching them live, there is a source of energy in their music that spirals you upwards. Shockpowder has tapped into that very essence that makes music like this wholesome. The result is a steady flow of emotions that have been validated by melody.
An incredible movie called Mysterious Skin (2004) directed by Gregg Araki comes to mind with this song. Shoegaze tears through scenes, which increase the gravity and impact of the song and effect. Flutter, Feverdream and Oxygen are some really cool tracks by Joshua you must check out. Follow him for more intense metalgaze magic!