Sonic Syndicate
Only Inhuman


1.5
very poor

Review

by Fosster3567 USER (6 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There is nothing creative on this cd. Well, I shouldn't say that because these guys were "innovative" enough to combine the most boring melo-death riffs with the most boring metalcore breakdowns and the most laughable teen-angst lyrics ever.

Let me start off by saying this; The only redeeming factor this band has is a hot bassist. That's it, the only good thing thing I could come up with. To find why this album is so terrible read on.

Through a first listen of this cd one might notice the extreme use of a keyboard. Now keyboards aren't bad in melo-death bands such as this ( Dark Tranquility pulls this off perfectly), but this keyboard literally sounds like they took a 10 second sample from a song from Dark Tranquility's Character and copy and pasted it to death. Every song's keyboard line sounds exactly the same and I DARE you to find a distinct difference.

Sonic Syndicate also must really like In Flame's newer stuff because, again, the guitar riffs sound exactly the same from both. Oh sure, there's the occasional uninspired breakdown to really mix things up, but in the end, what's the point? Each of these songs are 3-5 minutes of the same thing.

1. Keyboard starts song alone
2.Guitars/bass chug in sporadically
3. Drums enter and Guitar/bass strum same three chords
4.vocals
5.Manufactured chorus
6.repeat 3-5
7.Breakdown/solo
8.Chorus with harmonized vocals

It's the same thing every song. No surprises. The very few solos on this cd are absolutely terrible. Solos in Melo-death bands aren't really necessary, so if you put one in you should have something faster than eighth notes. The solos seriously are just eight notes or the chord progression higher up on the scale. It's just so laughable that they would even put them in there.

Another problem on this cd is the band themselves. They are playing melo-death, yet they dress like My Chemical Romance wanna-be's. What the *** are they trying to prove? Their whole image is just embarrassing. They have two vocalists that do nothing but vocals. Now, I suppose this would make sense if one did harsh vocals and the other did clean, but that's my point. The two vocalists actually do both styles and they both sound exactly the same. There is no point in having both except maybe to have more styles of clothing shamelessly advertised in a photo shoot.

The first single released, Denied, is probably the best song on this cd. That is not saying much at all though. It still follows my 8-step song production and, like every other song on the cd, is incredibly forgettable.

If you are into lyrics then this cd is even worse. EVERY SONG is about being pissed off at an ex-girlfriend. The lyrics are actually so bad I laughed out loud when I read them. I *** you not this is a chorus to a song on this cd:
ALONE AGAIN IN MY BROKEN DREAMS
WHAT IS LOVE IF NOT A PSYCHIC SUICIDE
ALONE AGAIN IN MY RESTLESS DREAMS
LOVE IS NOTHING BUT A PSYCHIC SUICIDE

Yeah, it's that bad.

This cd proves that melo-death is a dying genre. With Dark Tranquility doing an admirable job at keeping the sound fresh and Amon Amarth constantly and consistently releasing great albums, one should ask themselves, "Seriously, do we need another band like this?'
There is nothing creative on this cd. Well, I shouldn't say that because these guys were "innovative" enough to combine the most boring melo-death riffs with the most boring metalcore breakdowns and the most laughable teen-angst lyrics ever. Nothing on this cd is redeeming,nothing. Go listen to Dark Tranquility and you'll be much happier than if you listened to this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
December 22nd 2007


44482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I used to like this album but gradually wore off thin. Nothing groundbreaking or original indeed. A fun listen if nothing else. Great vocals, but that's pretty much the highlight. I agree with alot of this stuff.This Message Edited On 12.22.07

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

Slaytan
December 22nd 2007


1186 Comments


That's quite a bit of ranting, not so much reviewing.

jrowa001
December 22nd 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

im on the same page as Balls

Crimson
December 22nd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This isn't melodeath by any meaning of the genre. it's just ordinary metalcore.

blackened07
December 22nd 2007


949 Comments


I hate this cd so much.

i am the robots
December 23rd 2007


1027 Comments


[quote=Crimson]This isn't metalcore by any meaning of the genre. it's just faux-melodic death.[/quote]

Fixed.

Boring drums, boring riffs, terrible vocal delivery, most useless two vocalist combo evar.

Heikneuter
December 23rd 2007


21 Comments


Damn, they are one cheesy band, and their indeed just generic metalcore and no melodeath.This Message Edited On 12.25.07

masscows
December 23rd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Average review but yeah, this band SUCKS.

masscows
December 23rd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Anyway, clean up the review, it looks sloppy as hell even though the content is decent. I won't pos yet, try to clean it up.

I saw these guys live with Amon Amarth and they got booed/flipped off by the whole club.

Fosster3567
December 23rd 2007


76 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'll clean it up in a little bit.
Yeah, I found 'em out through the AA tour also. I thought to myself, "Their material can't be as bad as this on a cd."
I was wrong,horribly wrong.

masscows
December 23rd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They sound like Bleeding Through (NOT a good thing)

Shattered_Future
December 23rd 2007


1540 Comments


Sounds like they write lyrics like me...:lol:

Won't be checking these guys out.

i am the robots
December 23rd 2007


1027 Comments


Damn, they are one cheesy band, and their indeed just generic metalcore and no melodeath, the vocals are awful and the whole **** sounds emo.


Get a clue you stupid sh[font=verdana]it[/font]

XfingTheSullen
December 7th 2009


2658 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

And please undo the statement that this band is melodeath. It's not. They are melodic metalcore - a genre that radiates suck by its very essence. Like melodic death metal for the mentally underdeveloped, so they can understand it. This album is emo garbage.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2009


31222 Comments


"The only redeeming factor this band has is a hot bassist."

Damn straight, any disagreements look at my profile bitches.

"This album is emo garbage."

Uh, nope

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

pride
December 7th 2009


227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is not emo, still pretty poor though. IMO, vocals are pretty bad too.

austin888
April 2nd 2011


331 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is not melodeath. It's metalcore.



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