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Sonic Syndicate - 2016 Confessions



ARTIST: Sonic Syndicate
ALBUM: Confessions
LABEL: Despotz
SERIAL: DZCD037
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Head First Entertainment

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nathan J. Biggs - lead vocals * Robin Sjunnesson - guitars * Michel Brzn - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Confessions * 02 It's A Shame * 03 Start A War * 04 Falling * 05 I Like It Rough * 06 Still Believe * 07 Crystalize * 08 Burn To Live * 09 Life Is Not A Map * 10 Russian Roulette * 11 Closure * 12 Halfway Down The Road

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WEBLINKS: http://sonicsyndicate.net


Background
These Swedish guys and one Brit have been around for a few years now. A quick check on Discogs reveals five albums released since 2005, four of them on the Nuclear Blast label. They have now moved on to Despotz Records, with 'Confessions' their sixth release. I hadn't heard their music before now, so a quick little introduction for myself was required over at YouTube. The band live at the edge of alt metal and melodic death metal, so they are a borderline contender here at GDM, but we'll give them a few words.


The Songs
The band are a three-piece, formed in 2005 by then teenager Robin Sjunnesson. 'Confessions' is their most diverse album to date according to their bio, and judging from the songs, that would be the case. Sonic Syndicate are a hybrid of modern metal with a high dose of melody, and interesting arrangements that fuse trance like aggression (think Amaranthe) but without all the overblown aspects plus the female and male vocal interchange. From what I can tell, this is a new direction for them. Maybe they thought their previous output wasn't setting the world on fire or selling shitloads of albums, but I can understand the reason for change. Call it a mid-life crisis if you like.


In Summary
Actually, I'm quite surprised how good this is. Lots of aggression, lots of melody, loads of fancy synth work and punchy vocals. It comes as no surprise to me that many of Sonic Syndicate's fans actually hate this album with a vengeance. They believe the band have sold out, moved away from their tried and true heavy metal sound towards a pop metal style, which for them is not good. Not having heard much of the bands earlier material, I can't judge them on that. I'll call it as I hear it, and say that 'Confessions' is pretty good for what it is, and is an album that should interest some of the melodic core here at GDM.


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