Sonic Syndicate
Eden Fire


1.5
very poor

Review

by OllieS USER (19 Reviews)
July 28th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Sonic Syndicate are a Metalcore band from Sweden (many claim they’re Melodic Death Metal, but that is untrue). They’re currently in the process of releasing their third album (entitled ‘Love and Other Disasters’) on Nuclear Blast, but today I’m reviewing their first album, Eden Fire, released on Pivotal Rockordings. They were still a six-piece when this was recorded, but instead of having two vocalists, they had one vocalist and a keyboardist.

Okay, before I start going in to detail I need to say this album is bad. Really bad. I’ll start with the vocals. The vocals are 90% screamed, and are in general, terrible. Now, I'm a fan of many extreme Metal vocalists, but this guy give an absolutely dreadful performance. His voice lacks anything to separate himself from all the other Metalcore vocalists out there and he never changes it up. Thus, the vocals become very boring very quickly, and due to their harsh nature, eventually become hard to tolerate. There are some clean vocals but they only sound good/appropriate on 'Jailbreak'. The female vocals on 'Enhance My Nightmare' sound overly ambitious and the other clean male vocals (ie 'Lament of Innocence') don’t add anything to the song itself. The lyrics are about some fantasy revolution thing, but they’re totally incomprehensible most of the time, so it’s hard to care.

The guitars are incredibly basic. The riffs are uninspired and never interesting. The leads…well, there aren’t any. The solos…well, there’s only one. It comes in 'Soulstone Splinter', and it’s surprisingly good. It makes me question why the hell there aren’t any elsewhere. The rhythm section is also incredibly basic, playing basic patterns and doing nothing more. I wish there was more to say here, but there really isn’t. The instrumentation on this album is, simply put, incredibly boring.

So if the guitarists barely get a spotlight, what does" The answer is the keyboardist. While there’s only one guitar solo on Eden Fire, there are many keyboard solos. Is this is a good thing" Well, no, because like all the other instruments, the keyboard is extremely basic. The solos (which are where you’d usually expect guitar solos on a Metal album) meander worthlessly, never enhancing the music.

The whole album lacks any sort of significant diversity. The instruments all do the same thing (at times it feels like the guitarists are using the same fret for every single riff, etc), but song-wise, everything also sounds the same. Every song follows the same structure, and even though there are differences in length, the longest song, 'Enhance My Nightmare' (ridiculous song title, may I add) is just a slightly dragged out version of the other songs here.

Okay, there are some decent parts to this album. Opening track 'Jailbreak' is very fun, with the clean vocals in the chorus working really well. 'Soulstone Splinter' is the only track where the keyboard is acceptable (with quite a cool intro), and I do like the solo. Apart from that though, this album has nothing else I’d classify as above-average.

Conclusion

Pros:

- A few good moments
- 'Jailbreak'

Cons:

- Apart from some minor differences, 10 versions of the same song
- Terrible vocals
- Instrumentation far too basic



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Hawks
July 28th 2008


60799 Comments


Pretty good review. You dont really need the recommended tracks because there's only one and you made it clear which one it was in the review. This album sounds awful.

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OllieS
July 28th 2008


2145 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ Thanks, I'll take that out.

Hawks
July 28th 2008


60799 Comments


Pos'd.

BallsToTheWall
July 28th 2008


48858 Comments


I was curious to check out Enhance My Nightmare and was really impressed. Love the female vocals, were they done by the bassist? And if so hope they bring them back on the new album. Ands was the brother really 16 at that time, pretty nuts. Nice review, I've always had a thing for this band as a guilty pleasure.

fireaboveicebelow
July 28th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd say a 1.5 is pretty harsh since they were young as hell and this was a debut, but I'd go more around 2.5. Some of this album is enjoyable



and yes balls the bassist does female vocals, she be hot, check her outThis Message Edited On 07.28.08

Dethtrasher
July 29th 2008


2211 Comments


I just think that this band is a subpar Soilwork clone.

BallsToTheWall
August 20th 2008


48858 Comments


So yeah, Enhance My Nightmare rules, and Karin Axxelsom is fuckin gorgeous. My dream Swedish metal chick, too bad her bass work is either a, not her and tracked, or b, completely tuned down. Hopefully she sings on the enw album because that alone makes the band soun good regardless of the terrible growling that takes place.

XfingTheSullen
March 7th 2010


4293 Comments


I'm just listening to the intro track Jailbreak. At moments it sounds like Kalmah, but it's still just a teenagerized subpar melodeath-wannabe metalcore album.

welvismark
May 15th 2010


9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i agree with the reviewer, the vocals are pretty bad

Wolfieboy
August 30th 2010


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If you think the vocals are bad here, you haven't heard the debut of Silent Descent.

The reviewer of this album is a douche.

FearThyEvil
September 30th 2010


16538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

After this album they began to suck.

WolfieboyMachi
October 16th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, they did. But luckily, the singer and the songwriter are leaving the band, since they hate what the band has become.

GhostOvPerdition
November 21st 2010


132 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

great review man, pos'd. I agree with the guy who said this band is a sub-par soilwork clone, and I don't even like soilwork much to begin with so this album is agony for me.

GhostOvPerdition
November 21st 2010


132 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you hate the direction that soilwork, and In flames went then you will despise this, guarantee.

FilthyBorgir
December 25th 2010


1334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eden Fire is way better than how much credit you give it.

Laiho1923
June 12th 2011


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of my favorite albums. pity sonic syndicate had to go all metalcore and bad

Xies
May 29th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd say you're right about the lack of complexity in the album, but you failed to understand the meanings of the songs. You forgot that it's their band, and they have the right to do what they want, so you should have put aside you opinion on their titles and what the album is about, and just focus on the songs.

I agree there's a lot missing, but the good 6 songs there are are incredibly amazing, they were greatly composed and the lyrics are so deep I doubt your dumb ass brain would get

Scoot
May 29th 2012


19099 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

some decent stuff on here



sadly enough it only got worse from here



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