Sonic Syndicate
Confessions


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dan Foster USER (6 Reviews)
October 14th, 2016 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You stole my heart and beat it black.

2014 marked an interesting year for Sonic Syndicate, despite a mass exodus of members and the horrendous We Rule the Night the band was able to come back with a semi decent album that was their self titled. It seemed they had learned from their mistakes and were ready to move forward; however, after the departure of longtime members Karin Axelsson and John Bengtsson and being dropped by Nuclear Blast Records the band apparently decided to say “*** it” and release their most shockingly disappointing album to date.

Confessions sheds any and all aggression that Sonic Syndicate had and leaves synth driven pop-rock in its wake. This becomes abundantly clear as soon as the open and title track starts off: a bouncy synth driven beat with some light guitar chords before leading up to slow sung verses by Nathan Biggs. From there you have a gradual build up to a lackluster chorus only to have the cycle to repeat itself again and again, that’s pretty much the whole album right there. The guitars and drums take a back seat throughout most the album leaving Biggs and a synthesizer at the head of the mixing. This isn’t a bad idea considering the fact that the rest of the band doesn’t offer a lot to listen to but the problem is neither does Biggs, or the synth for the matter.

Coming from someone who liked Biggs voice I highly enjoyed songs like “Before You Finally Break” or “Another Solider Down” off the last album, but nowhere on Confessions does he deliver that same kind of energy or passion. Nearly every song here has the same uninspired performance or is held back by equally uninspired lyrics, often at the same time. And it seems this behavior is contagious as even a guest appearance by Madyx on the song “Still Believe” fails to breath any life into the record. He even manages to botch the heaviest song on the album: it opens up with a decent riff followed by some pounding drum beats while the synth takes a step back from the mix, for a moment it sounds like Sonic Syndicate still has some fight left in them yet Biggs just sounds either tired or bored at this point. To make matters worse “I Like it Rough” is a cock rock anthem. Biggs is certainly a talented vocalist but he refuses to show it this time around.

Lyrically, the bands latest effort is as uninspired as the rest of the album. They alter from such themes as overcoming obstacles, love, loss, and self-doubt. While Sonic is no stranger to cheesy, even cringe inducing lyrics; they’ve at least been able to back it up with a powerful or catchy performance in order to create the jams we’ve come to know and love (even if we’re ashamed to admit it). Unfortunately there is no such safety net this time around forcing the listener to face such lines as “I’m not afraid to die anymore, people do it a thousand times a day” or “the surface of my heart is forming diamonds to protect your memory” head on. The good news is that these aren’t any worse than what was on We Rule the Night but they’re not any better either.

Despite the many flaws that Confessions presents there are instances where Sonic Syndicate manages to create some enjoyable moments. Robin Sjunnesson adds some fitting guitar solos on “I Like It Rough” and “Halfway Down the Road”. “Crystalize” delivers some fast paced chords along with a bubbly synth riff until Biggs derails all of the momentum with another slow verse; however, “Life is Not a Map” is actually a fairly enjoyable track. It doesn’t break from the mold and it’s sappy as hell but somehow manages to be one the most feel good and enjoyable songs throughout. Though these moments are nothing more than moments and completely swept away by the rest of the album.

Is Confessions the worst album Sonic Syndicate has ever done? Well it’s certainly one the most disappointing. It may not be the most annoying but nothing here stands out; this album is lacks edge, substance, and catchiness. I’m not sure what made them choose this direction but hopefully next time they’ll at least have motivation to do so.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

First review and I spend it on this....

Constructive Criticism is always nice.

Ebola
October 14th 2016


3666 Comments


Solid first review, have a pos. The single I heard was an atrocity, so I can't see myself checking this out.

dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks so much!

Good call, the rest of the album isn't much better.

Snide
October 14th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

This is somehow worse than the last two albums.

Whatever happened to that awesome sound they had on "Only Inhuman"

dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It started a different band, The Unguided.

Angelboros
October 14th 2016


1357 Comments


Really good first review, man. I've no intention of hearing this whole thing going off the singles I stumbled upon. Eden Fire was pretty enjoyable and the album after that had a couple jams, too, but everything else in this band's discog post-Only Inhuman has been a no-go.

dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks Angel! I felt these guys have made a few jams over the years but I've thought they would've learned their lesson after We Rule the Night.

Snide
October 14th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Have a pos fam. The review is good I gotta say.

Holy shit though this is worse than We Rule The Night

bloc
October 14th 2016


57941 Comments


Holy fuck that album cover tells me everything I need to know

Digging: Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you Snide!

I don't know if I hate this more than We Rule The Night. This is certainly duller but parts of Night straight up annoyed me.

Snide
October 14th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

This faux-upbeat nonsense with the weird mixing sealed the deal for me as being the worst in their discog. At least We Rule The Night had an occasionally decent riff here and there.

PumpBoffBag
October 14th 2016


947 Comments


Nice, sounds awful

sempiturtle
October 14th 2016


1544 Comments


I commend you for taking the time out of your life to listen to this.

pjquinones747
October 14th 2016


3092 Comments


Band died when the original singer left. His new band is good.

Digging: A Continent Named Coma - Removal of Thorns

pjquinones747
October 14th 2016


3092 Comments


Holy fuck that album cover tells me everything I need to know [2]

dfevil085
October 14th 2016


1480 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"I commend you for taking the time out of your life to listen to this."

I was awake for the midnight upload and I had nothing better to do so I figured why not

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 14th 2016


3921 Comments


They're literally trying to be Bring Me the Horizon and failing badly

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 14th 2016


3921 Comments


The simple fact that even Snide thinks it's too much tells you everything you need to know.

Snide
October 15th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"The simple fact that even Snide thinks it's too much tells you everything you need to know."

You know; I really wish this statement wasn't accurate, but it is.

Kronzo
October 16th 2016


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn, I actually enjoy the first three albums to an extent but this is really bad



terrible lyrics, really weird mix.



A couple songs are kind of catchy though, so I think I agree with your rating. Good review!



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