Sonic Syndicate
Sonic Syndicate


2.0
poor

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (75 Reviews)
July 12th, 2014 | 84 replies


Release Date: 07/07/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Temper Temper Pt. 2

I had especially low expectations going into Sonic Syndicate’s new self-titled album. Scratch that; I had no expectations for the album, because there were none to be had. The band had effectively shattered their reputation and any promise for a decent future when they released the vile We Rule the Night in 2010. It could have been due the lack of talent, or maybe it was a brilliantly executed self-aware negative reinforcement moral booster – we’ve hit rock bottom. There’s nowhere to go but up! The point is, Sonic Syndicate’s new album is not terrible partly because anything sounds good after We Rule the Night, and partly because they cut out most of the asinine qualities that made their last album so bad. Yes, the incorrigible mess of banal metalcore with pop choruses loosely connected by cheesy electronic effects that filled We Rule the Night are gone… for the most part.

The problem with Sonic Syndicate is the same problem that plagues similar acts like Miss May I and Bullet for My Valentine on their latest records: it all sounds the fucking same. Every song has the same structure, the same screamed verses and sung choruses; there are absolutely no attempts at experimenting or branching out in any fashion. In Sonic Syndicate’s case, however, experimentation has proved to be a terrible thing, so it’s in effect a blessing in disguise that the band shed the fat and stuck to generic 4/4 pop-core (which is really sad when you think about it). Admittedly, it's not all terrible. Some hooks are enjoyable; a handful of riffs are catchy. For example, closer “The Flame That Changed the World” shows the band using keys in a tasteful manner, adding texture to the melodic nature of the music without becoming overbearing on the ears.

Still despite a few worthwhile moments, nothing on Sonic Syndicate holds any lasting value. The songs go in through one ear and out the other and leave no subtle nuances to pick up on during repeated listens. The harsh vocals are forced and hollow, the clean singing is uninspired and predictable, the guitar work is forgettable, and the rest of the rhythm section sort of blend together into a sonic wall of whiny mainstream metal.

But hey, at least it's better than We Rule the Night.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

their best album in a while. take that as you will

Digging: Failure - Fantastic Planet

Sabrutin
July 12th 2014


1059 Comments


I used to like bits from their older works, I guess I'll listen to this for curiosity in a way or another. The single "Black Hole Halo" wasn't terrible, but I haven't any expectations.

The review gives me exactly what I thought, virtual pos'd.

zaruyache
July 12th 2014


7442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Given how much crap "modern" melodeath there is out there I was pleasantly surprised by this album.
The only reason it's worth talking about at all is because of simply how passable the album is
compared to the rest of their crap discog--even though it's not worth talking about on its own
merits.


Inoffensive "modern" melodeath that had me surprised by how much it didn't make me want to drop-kick
a puppy 3/5.

edit: gonna use that for my soundoff, actually. he he he

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

Greenpaw
July 12th 2014


220 Comments


I remember listening to these guys a little bit in high school.

Even then they were hard to get into.

Sabrutin
July 12th 2014


1059 Comments


"Inoffensive "modern" melodeath that had me surprised by how much it didn't make me want to drop-kick a puppy 3/5"

Fair enough! I'll give this a try when I can, I still listen to Denied once in a while.

EvoHavok
July 12th 2014


1519 Comments


Their first 3 albums were ok. Not interested in this at all.

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

BigPleb
July 12th 2014


38159 Comments


m/

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

Ikarus14
July 12th 2014


558 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gave it a few listens over the week. All of it just kind of blends into the background for me, but at least I can actually 'listen' to it. Nothing painful or nightmare endorsing like the last album, but still pretty uninspired.

ExplosiveOranges
July 12th 2014


3913 Comments


Ouch.

Digging: Millicent Waffles - Under Dark Blue Blanket

Durrzo
July 12th 2014


1137 Comments


Pretty shitty album. Only song I like is the one Strid did guest vocals on.

NetherlandsAreDead
July 13th 2014


48 Comments


I hate their singer's voice. Strid is fucking awesome tho.

PitchforkArms
July 13th 2014


1462 Comments


hahahaha, nice review ins

SnakeDelilah
July 13th 2014


9209 Comments


Temper Temper Pt. 2




so this is a -1.0?

Digging: Foxing - The Albatross

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah this is a rare occasion where the sequel is a bit better than the original

SnakeDelilah
July 13th 2014


9209 Comments


i doubt it considering how fucking awful this band is

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its bad but its less bad than their last two albums

peartnoy
July 14th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is a lot better than Temper Temper

trackbytrackreviews
July 15th 2014


1902 Comments


Those tags lol

Metalcore / Pop Rock / Melodic Death Metal

Shiranui
July 15th 2014


169 Comments


So far, i've heard pieces from this. Will prolly listen to this tonight.



R6Rider
July 15th 2014


4748 Comments


couldn't make it through this

Digging: Harm's Way - Isolation



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