Sinew
Pilots of a New Sky


4.0
excellent

Review

by D41V30N USER (5 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A questionable trade, but a brilliant outcome nonetheless.

Halfway through the album and any pair of trained ears can comprehend that Sinew has moved on from where they last left us. "The Beauty Of Contrast" was released back in 2008 which produced some immediately remarkable gems, like "Eidolon" and "Charging Loki", to the ears of the general progressive rock fans. Many appreciated their approach to combine heavy progressive rock with raw production. It is now 2012 and they have released their much-anticipated second album, entitled "Pilots Of A New Sky", which debatably trades those very qualities which made their debut album so outstanding.

Ever since Tool's music has gradually come to be appreciated universally, countless heavy progressive rock Tool-clone bands have emerged and submerged. Some of them has actually become quite famous - but the fact that most of them are forgettable remains true. Most likely that is why Sascha J. and the boys took the bold decision to depart from their previous sound and create fresh material for the new album. Yes, the most arguable trade would be their migration from "Progressive Rock" territory to "Alternative Rock" territory. Of course, progressive influences are still in abundance but the alternative influences are much stronger.

Furthermore, whereas their debut album featured heavier material, "Pilots Of A New Sky" straight out trades them off for lighter, more subtle melodies. Even though the album initiates with the fast-paced and instantly striking "Leading To Rome", the rest of the material is much gentler. Obviously, softening of the material could have been an utter disaster, considering how the band is relatively new. Nevertheless, Sascha J. and the boys secure themselves with exceptionally proficient song-writing and crystalline production. The production is a major improvement from their debut - with ambient, electronic and even Jazz (particularly in "Life In A Loop") influences perfectly layered - one over another - very craftily in a simple, yet delicate manner.

Nevertheless, since Sinew moved into alternative territory, all those euphoric instrumental prowess showed by the guitarist, the bassist, the drummer, and especially the keyboardist could mean naught if the vocalist did not perform precisely. Fortunately for Sinew, Sascha J. exceeds all expectations and delivers a superb performance throughout the album. From the softer "Life In A Loop", "Arctica" and "Echoes" to the powerful chorus sections of "Leading To Rome" and "Turquoise", Sascha J. is like the cream around and in between the cake which makes it so delicious.

Despite the step towards a new direction, Sinew still provides one treat to the fans of their first album in the form of "The Descend to the Heart of Mount Sadhana" - a 13 minute progressive rock epic. Overall, their decision to change their sound might be questionable, but Sinew's "Pilots Of A New Sky" falls short only by one step from becoming an alternative rock timeless masterpiece. An excellent album recommended to all rock fans.


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D41V30N
May 31st 2012


949 Comments


Album is really excellent. Any advice on improving the quality of my reviews is much appreciated.

Drpibb
May 31st 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review. Short sweet and to the point. Here's a few of my highlights from the album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd30_a0cW7U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U-kMNhx8J0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCXXbgM0a3c


ZedO
May 31st 2012


1096 Comments


nice read, at least you just need to keep up ur great work, pos!

D41V30N
May 31st 2012


949 Comments


Thanks, Drpibb and ZedO.

My personal favorites are Leading To Rome, Turquoise, Arctica, Mercy On Apollo, and The Descend to the Heart of Mount Sadhana, the first two being the most favorites.

cb123
May 31st 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, gotta get my hands on this, loved their debut

Drpibb
May 31st 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@cb123 I think their debut was more cohesive as an album, but the production on this one is far and beyond most indy releases.

cb123
June 1st 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i think it will b enjoyable, their debut while having fairly obvious influences still had their own sound will be keen to see where they took it

D41V30N
June 2nd 2012


949 Comments


Get it. As fast as you can, cb123.

At any rate, does any one know from where I can get the lyrics? They're still not up anywhere .

Drpibb
June 3rd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I put some up under the description for the videos I have uploaded

Drpibb
June 19th 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album deserves more attention.

D41V30N
June 19th 2012


949 Comments


Here, I'll bump as well. I've heard around 70 records this year altogether and this'll definitely be in the top 15, or at least the top 20 in the first half of 2012.

People need to check this out.

Drpibb
June 27th 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Criminally underrated. I feel for Sascha, he put in a TON of work in to this. If Sinew has a fan base, they know how to hide pretty well.

D41V30N
June 27th 2012


949 Comments


I couldn't have said it better myself. It's tragic how this album isn't getting the attention it deserves.

D41V30N
July 1st 2012


949 Comments


New Video released for Turquoise.

Check out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6wHzyJ4Qcc&feature=colike

cb123
May 17th 2013


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good on first listen, doesn't quite have that immediate punch of the debut but still a pretty great record, might be a little bit of a grower instead



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