Waste of Space Orchestra
Syntheosis


3.9
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
April 9th, 2019 | 80 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blackened-doom progressive psychedelic space rock--hey wait, come back!

With a name like Waste of Space Orchestra and a string of descriptors like “blackened-doom progressive psychedelic space rock,” you’d be forgiven for already hating this. But hear me out. Featuring all of Finnish black metal wizard Oranssi Pazuzu and their drone counterparts, Dark Buddha Rising, Syntheosis is a sum of its parts; an unwieldy pedigree from metal’s weirdest recesses. I’m not going to pretend that this isn’t an indulgent side-piece--it is. But Waste of Space Orchestra have elevated their debut above the masturbatory ego-trip that it could have become.

What began as a one-off live performance commissioned by Roadburn Festival in 2018 has grown into one of metal’s most original experiments of the year. Their beginnings have lent to an improvisational feeling, where unexpected laser zaps crash into expected black metal; where space-rock cadences bounce upon on a bed of drone. Born from 10 musicians who themselves were already so excessive the album is full of droning interludes, wobbly synths, and theremin (maybe" I don’t know.) It’s like a phoned in 80s spin-off film called Oranssi Pazuzu in Space. As eye-roll inducing as it sounds Syntheosis takes all of this and whips it into a long form psychedelic suite. As a cohesive experience the band does its best to recycle riffs and themes, but throughout the album’s 65-minute runtime its difficult to keep any of that straight. The album moves between hypnotic tribalistic rhythms of drone and electronics, to blackened fury with waterfalls of gnashing guitar and berating percussion. It’s just a weird and beautiful beast.

Syntheosis is a wealth of surprises. For those averse to indulgent names, absurd genre bending, and anything “progressive,” the album may come as a revelation.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
April 8th 2019


20663 Comments


ye

Lythelus
April 9th 2019


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

masterpiece

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2019


6729 Comments


xeno, this sounds pretty rad and up my alley, ill have to definitely check

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Faraudo
April 9th 2019


2817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quite unique.

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CugnoBrasso
April 9th 2019


551 Comments


Oranssi Pazuzu's debut is a great album, I'll give this record a try.

Elynna
April 9th 2019


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules. RULES.

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Scheumke
April 9th 2019


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's so weird and silly that Roadburn is such a famous festival all over the globe and is literally in my hometown and basically in my back yard, yet I've never attended.



Great review Xeno, jamming it now!

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Mardorien
April 9th 2019


79 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm so confused as to what this is just from one track (the free one before I buy it).



I think I might like this a lot...

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2019


8909 Comments


Lol! Great summary.

Wildcardbitchesss
April 9th 2019


2866 Comments


Commenting here so I don’t forget about this album later

Dylan620
April 9th 2019


4753 Comments


With ... a string of descriptors like “blackened-doom progressive psychedelic space rock,” you’d be forgiven for already hating this.


Say again? That sounds sick (or at least interesting) to me, will check

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Toondude10
April 9th 2019


13827 Comments


this sounds amazing

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alamo
April 9th 2019


1216 Comments


does this sound anything like todd's space opera from bojack horseman

Toondude10
April 9th 2019


13827 Comments


vocals are going to take some time getting used to but I like what I'm hearing

Azog
April 9th 2019


130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules!!!

Asdfp277
April 10th 2019


20016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is this like ne obliviscaris or hail spirit noir

sharkmsc
April 10th 2019


167 Comments


The clean vocals from what I heard, wake up the possessor, were fairly pitchy and will require some adjustment. That being said, the harsh vocals, musicianship and videography were all captivating. Count me in.

keza
April 10th 2019


260 Comments


Love that tagline

keza
April 10th 2019


260 Comments


OK also upon first listen this thing is pretty cool and despondent but the vocals sound like a guy trying to do a fake burp

Scheumke
April 10th 2019


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"is this like ne obliviscaris or hail spirit noir"



Neither really, though def. closer to Hail Spirit Noir.



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