Sinew
The Beauty of Contrast


4.5
superb

Review

by Wunderbar007 USER (16 Reviews)
January 1st, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let Sinew be one of the first good things in your life this year.

What I initially mistook for flying brownies ended up being the cover to a solid, beautifully crafted and bursting with potential album, lacking only in accessibility.

Everything here from the musicianship to the lyrics rivals the best of the genre. The vocalist, Sascha J., has a beautiful singing voice and holds his own during the scattered louder segments. These often reminded me of the heavier moments from Thrice, especially the second half of “Allegory of the Cave” which kept bringing to mind the epic finale from “Like Moths to a Flame”. In addition to fantastic vocal abilities, Sinew members should also be proud of their written work. While not overly cryptic, the lyrics do instil a hint of mystery and personality to the world the band tries to paint with its first release. I particularly found the songs “Eidolon” and “Charging Loki” to be enchanting in that respect. On the whole though, Sinews presentation is impeccable and should be applauded.

The flow and style of the album itself alternates much like the vocals do, mixing ballad like tracks with fits of energy in between to avoid uniformity. For instance, the tracks “One Drop” and again, “Allegory of the cave” are great examples of the intensity Sinew can exert. On the other hand “Pre-Existence” and “Dystopia” demonstrate the perfect balance of control and power. The instrumentals also make sure to standout at opportune moments and keep a generally spirited rhythm to coincide with the overall theme of the album. Suffice to say that if you’re familiar and appreciative of the sound from bands like Karnivool, Sinch or perhaps the recently reviewed by yours truly Deligma, you should feel right at home here.

Despite a sea of positive and ear warming qualities often heard from this genre of music, the one and, more importantly, only crucial element I found The Beauty of Contrast to be short of unfortunately is instant appeal. It may be a non issue for you but I must admit it took me a few full playthroughs to truly get into many of the melodies. While countless other bands frequently resort to addictive hooks to reel you in, Sinew keeps things relatively tame, feeding you engrossing riffs and clever change-ups only so often. I think the song “Sin nada de nada”, being an emotion filled story read to a music track, was probably the most difficult one to appreciate, mostly due to an obvious language barrier. Still, after a few sittings, I truly began to enjoy what this group has to offer, but it would have been nice to dive right into a few more highlights such as “Eidolon” and “Charging Loki”.

On that note, not only do I recommend you give their debut a shot (starting preferably with “Eidolon” for a better first impression), I urge you to take a look at the new material from their upcoming album. If these four short samples they call “Sinew appetizers”, easily found on YouTube, are any indication of the whole product, it will without a doubt be an instant classic. It seems they have kicked every aspect of their collective effort into overdrive, starting with the much needed “grandiose and memorable” boost to their sound. I’m still stunned in admiration.

Let Sinew be one of the first good things in your life this year.



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Wunderbar007
January 1st 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eidolon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFYZrZtF3F0

Their new material:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6nAzMWKZ_Q&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15LtHwTXT9g&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CLcDLIL7WY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbTFdXRVyu4&feature=related

Wunderbar007
January 1st 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As I keep on listening to these guys, I might rate them higher.

Wunderbar007
January 1st 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you! Hope you enjoy the band as well.

cb123
January 2nd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hope ya bump it up, its a great album

Wunderbar007
January 3rd 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok they have REALLY grown on me...they deserve nothing less than "Superb"! I think I'll edit my review a bit to reflect the new rating. It's amazing how once it just "clicks", you can't get enough!

cb123
January 3rd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You have seen the light

Wunderbar007
January 3rd 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, sure have! Any thoughts on review?

cb123
January 3rd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good review man, have a pos :p

Wunderbar007
January 3rd 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you man! It's always good to see you around, I think you're one of the few who reads what I write and listens to what I do.

cb123
January 3rd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha yeah ive seen a few of your reviews for some albums i enjoy

Wunderbar007
January 3rd 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, if you have any recs for me, I'd appreciate it!

cb123
January 3rd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

what kinda stuff ya looking for?

Wunderbar007
January 4th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm...anything similar to what's in my profile? Alt.Metal/Alt.Rock/Hard rock?

cb123
January 4th 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Apex Theory - Topsy Turvy
Atomship - The Crash Of `47
Biffy Clyro - Puzzle
The Butterfly Effect - Imago/Begins Here
Cave In - Jupiter
Codeseven - The Rescue
COG - The New Normal
Deftones - White Pony
Demians - Building An Empire
Dredg - Catch Without Arms/El Cielo
Engine Three Seven - Atmosphere
Envy On The Coast - Lowcounty
Esoterica - The Fool
Fair To Midland - Fables of a Mayfly/Arrows & Anchors
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Hurt - Vol 1./Vol 2.
In Case of Fire - Align The Planets
Jericco - Nice To See You
Melodyssey - Two Windows
Moving Atlas - Et. Al/The Elephant Gun
Mt. Helium - Faces
Oceansize - Effloresce/Everyone Into Position/Frames
Opus Dai - Tierra Tragame
A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms
The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing
Poets Of The Fall - Carnival Of Rust
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing/In Absentia/Fear Of A Blank Planet
Rishloo - Eidolon/Feathergun
Riverside - Out of Myself/Second Life Syndrome
RX Bandits - Mandala
Twelve Foot Ninja - Smoke Bomb
3 - Wake Pig

That Should keep ya busy for a while :p


Wunderbar007
January 4th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh wow! It sure will! Thank you very much

cb123
January 4th 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

no worries man, all stuff i've rated over 4 that should tickle ya fancy

CellSessions
May 10th 2014


1 Comments


Bump!

Cause I need another list of bands like the ones
'cb123' just posted above.
Atomship is dope as hell.

--waits--



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