|Review: Sonic Syndicate - Eden Fire|
Label: Pivotal Rockordings
Year released: 2005
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: December 18, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Here we have melodic death metal band #3859192 and... It's actually not bad! That sure was unexpected. Sonic Syndicate hail from the melodic death hotbed of Sweden and their sound could be mapped to Whoracle/Colony/Clayman-era In Flames (i.e. before the absolute suck), but with a little more aggressive edge when it comes to the guitar work. The vocals are a bit crappy at the beginning, before turning into something closer to the norm for the genre. The female bassist even throws in some vocals here and there, and she's doing a good job too. Aggressive riffage is playing roommate with much more melodic, almost power metal-ish moments here, and it works very well. They're not inventing anything, but pretty much playing the genre the way it was before the big names of the genre went the pop/nu/whatever route. Recommended if you miss the good "old" days of melodic death. Not a crappy clone for a change.
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