Sonic Syndicate Eden Fire
By Marcus Pan
For some reason when Sonic Syndicate came
in I had visions of an industrial electro outfit doing the Kraftwerk thing.
Somehow the name made me expectant of that. Imagine my surprise when I put my
headphones on, turned up the volume to industrial electro levels
only to be blasted through my head by the riveting powerful metal guitars of
the six member unit. Music on Eden Fire is very tight and controlled.
One wonders how well they can pull this off out of the studio and on a stage.
Sonic Syndicate is, regardless of their young age, a strong
band. Eden Fire is brutally heavy with excellent musician qualities,
tight work and although Im not into the guttural black metal vocal thing
its nonetheless done well. Consisting of three segments, including the
previously released Black Lotus and Extinction EPs, one
strikingly satisfying thing about Sonic Syndicate is their use of strong
keyboard licks which most black metal bands will stray from for fear of
lowering the brutality of their sound.
Not so here, as tracks like Enhance My Nightmare uses
keys to open into a sweet place only to have the guitars of brothers Roger
& Robin Sjunnesson shred through with power and finesse. With members as
young as 17 years old in this band, with a top tier of only 22, its
non-amateurish and surprising in its quality. Also along for the ride is
Andreas Martenssons keyboards, which Ive already mentioned does a
fine job of joining the guitars without losing the brutality that black-metal
purists need to feel big and strong and manly. Karin Axelssons bass keeps
pace. I might mention in a side note that Karins a hottie, but shed
probably kick my ass. Kristoffer Backlunds speed-metal drumming gives us
the blistering pace.
Richard Sjunnessons vocals take the guttural growls of
black metal fanfare, but its not as demonic as most giving it a humanistic
quality rather than going too far into the look at me be spooky
territory as folks like Impaled Nazarene would do to such an extent that it
becomes less vocals and more just growling. Female vocals back the powerful
five+ minute epic of Enhance My Nightmare beautifully another
tactic that folks like Nazarene wont use because of the same reasons
Sonic Syndicates Eden Fire is the first release
by upstart label Pivotal Rockordings and with artwork by Jose A. Aranguren and
excellent mixing, theyve done a fine job of their first release. Lots of
claps to Kristoffers double-bass drum on Zion Must Fall. To hear
what the pretty Karin can do, check out the opening to Lament of
Innocence, where her deep playing joins with the bright piano melody of
Andreas keys. The continuing piano is apparent throughout the track and
lashes against the dual guitar creating an interesting sound between the
A good outing for both Sonic Syndicates debut and the
first pro-recording of Pivotal Rockordings. Distributed worldwide by a number
of metal labels and distribution units, it shouldnt be too hard to find
Eden Fire. Just dont turn up the headphones thinking its
electro-poop like I did and your ears wont bleed like mine did and
youll be fine. Mixing in elements of keyboards and even Karins high
female angelic vocals at times, Sonic Syndicate arent afraid of stepping
away from the normal black metal camp and show that it is, indeed, possible to
be loaded with talent and still play black metal.
Post: 1316 N. Darborn, Chicago, IL, 60610, USA
Phone: (312) 504-0080
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