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Review: SynaptiK - The Mechanisms of Consequence
The Mechanisms of Consequence

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 52:06
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 19, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Mechanisms of Consequence

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)

SynaptiK a five-piece progressive Power/Thrash Metal act from Norwich, England, formed in 2012, truly came out of the bushes to me. Their debut album, The Mechanisms of Consequence is undoubtedly one of the most impressive debut albums I have had the pleasure to hear in a long time. Imagine combining bits of bands like Atheist, Watchtower, Forbidden, Helstar with a strong Thrash overtone, into one bigger musical soundscape, and you have SynaptiK. SynaptiK sound tight and they are well-seasoned musicians, having much experience in playing in different metal bands (Inner Sanctum, Snyper, Fifth Season etc.). All band members seem to synchronize really well what they actually want SynaptiK to sound like, which also shows in their complex and demanding song structures. As much as there are some easily adopted parts within their songs that stick to your head somewhat instantly, as much as there is also this highly technical, rich and tricky stuff that takes a little while to fully absorbed into this strange system of unconsciousness.

Besides the obvious playing skills they have, I have to say one of the strongest assets of SynaptiK is definitely John Knight's amazingly strong, spot-on vocal lines. Everything seems to be easy for him vocally - from those higher pitch vocal acrobatics to some mean sounding Thrash vocals, talk about one hell of a talented singer here. On "Allies" he sounds a bit like Russ Anderson of Forbidden.

The Mechanisms of Consequence is a fantastic album from this relatively unknown British Power/Thrash Metal entity. Hopefully that's about to change soon because they absolutely deserve to get all the recognition they can get! Highly recommended!

Other related information on the site
Interview with vocalist John Knight, guitarist Ian Knight and drummer Peter Loades on November 8, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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