|Review: Synthphonia Suprema - Synthphony 001|
Label: Rising Symphony
Year released: 2005
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 28, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Synthphonia Suprema - try saying that after five triples - is an enigmatic four piece from Italy, claiming to be the forefathers of 'synth metal'. As you can imagine, their debut album "Synthphony 001" is very keyboard based, with most of the songs being played on the aforementioned synth, using techno samples and cutting edge patches. This, of course, is melodic power metal dressed up in a gown that is way too big for it; therefore, the pomposity of this unit seems to outweigh their integrity by comedic lengths. That said, if like me, you happen to like your power metal at the fluffy end of the spectrum ala Highlord and Skylark, then what you will find here shouldn't surprise you too greatly, with every track following the fast, rattling speed metal of the former and the saccharine-laced melodies of the latter. This can be quite heavy at times; when the riffs actually cut through, they have a menacing edge ("Fatherland") and they are performed rather intricately, too. The interplay between band leader/synth master Dany All and guitarist Fryderyk T is quite reminiscent of Children of Bodom, and the particulars are handled excellently. Vocally, this is very light, but the vocals themselves soar quite admirably, making good use of the melody on offer in a similar way to fellow countrymen Icycore.
A trio of sparkling metal gems is offered as the album progresses, with the blasting "Fileader", the catchy as hell "Nothing Can Stop Me" and the comically infective "Synth Metal" all being substantially good power metal songs that stand up against almost anything in the genre, but the rest of the album seems to simply repeat these fabulous structures and in turn sounds flat and uninspired. The performances are second to none and Frank Andiver's production is clear, concise and crystalline. If you're looking for some well structured, extremely well played power metal, "Synthphony 001" is a good bet, and if you're partial to shockingly tight lead breaks and keyboard wankery, this is a dead cert.
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