Sufosia
Connection Failed



Release Date: 2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hm, a pleasant yet unremarka- HEY, WAIT A MINUTE.

At first glance, Sufosia's latest offering appears as your run-of-the-mill melodic/heavy metal effort. The first few tracks suggest an enjoyable yet unremarkable journey, a pleasant but forgettable stroll through familiar musical landscapes. Around the fifth track, however, something changes, as if hitherto unnoticed seeds buried in the sonic soil begin to sprout, and the album takes an unexpected turn. From "Gallery" onwards, it starts to cast a spell, drawing the listener into an enigmatic embrace and prompting him to retrace his steps. The streak of tracks from 6 to 8 is certainly where Connection Failed serves up some of its finest dishes: it’s a segment that showcases many of the album's standout features, and it's this auditory trifecta that also gives the whole its power to hook.

While there’s harmonious vocal lines that are as beguiling as they are infectious – check “Delusions” and “Diamonds” –, one of the album's more intriguing aspects is the pervasive use of ‘stacked 5th’ or 5/9 chords, as showcased by gateway track “Gallery”. Though this may balance on the brink of overindulgence at times, stacked fifths are a source of endless fascination to my ears, as their very nature makes them straddle the line between major and minor and thus defy easy categorization. Perhaps this mirrors, and contributes to, the album’s overall enigmatic quality. Here, as well as in the vocal lines and in the artful alternation between minor and major scales within the choruses, Extol may well have whispered its influence into Sufosia's ears. There's a hint of Mitch Harris’ solo projects (Menace, Brave the Cold) as well, and a dash of fusion metal akin to Alarum and Exivious to keep the sonic palette fresh and unpredictable. Equally noteworthy is the use of 5-1-5 chords (or ‘fourth chords’, if you will) that went a considerable way in making me believe the guitars were tuned to the depths of D standard or lower when, in fact, everything remains steadfastly in standard E. This effective sleight of hand adds a layer of distinct heaviness to the album's sonic makeup.

For those familiar with Sufosia’s musical history, perhaps the most striking aspect of this album is its departure from their previous work. Known for their straightforward, old school thrash approach, the band now embraces more melodic and progressive elements with hints of fusion. Cooked up and released mid-Covid in 2020-21, Connection Failed is thus a testament to both resilience and a willingness to explore new musical territories. In tracks like "Rainbows," we even catch glimpses of melancholic new wave and dark pop influences, reminiscent of The Police's more introspective moments. In fact, what sets the album apart overall is its unabashed poppiness. Sufosia deftly arrange and write metal in a way that ranges from directly listenable to downright infectious. The riffs, chord progressions and fusion-friendly solos, while relatively simple, exhibit a level of subtlety and finesse that elevates them above the mundane.

In a genre often characterized by technical complexity, it's refreshing to see Sufosia prioritize subtlety and feel. While some will appreciate this newfound melodic catchiness, though, others might find it veers into borderline cheese. But, as in a gourmet meal, whether the cheese is tasteful depends on your appetite and mood. My present vibe is I’m hungry for more. Amidst the poppiness, the songs and melodies to my ears remain rooted in a solid base of thrash, never straying too far from the genre's core. It's a delicate balancing act that Connection Failed manages with finesse, and within a very digestible time span of just under 37 minutes.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DePlazz
October 3rd 2023


4520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Croatian metallers represent.

Might be a hit or miss affair for some, but still worth checking out imo.

Krpa
October 3rd 2023


306 Comments


Oh shit didn't know we had a band like this in my home country. Catchy thrash with hints of prog metal, should be an interesting listen.

Colton38
October 3rd 2023


21 Comments


when sufjan makes ambrosia

Hawks
October 3rd 2023


89540 Comments


This sounds sooooo bad. Nice revoew though lol.

Muzz79
October 3rd 2023


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The only other Croatian metal I've heard this year is Tryglav. Which is incredible. Gonna try this

DePlazz
October 4th 2023


4520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Hawks thanks for checking out nevertheless lol. I can imagine this not clicking with a lot of people here. As far as modern Croatian metal goes, Bednja's blackened post/hardcore might be more up your alley.

@Muzz79 their first two albs are more straightforward & old school thrash (first one leans towards Megadeth and Anacrusis), this one's another cookie entirely. Check Inciter as well, their latest is like a better version of big M's 72 Seasons.

Muzz79
October 4th 2023


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Liked this on first spin. Funny I’ve got another similar jam at the moment by a band called Gross Reality, album is Return to Ruin. Feeling a 3.5 with this

MarsKid
Emeritus
October 4th 2023


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid thrash in 2023... hmm... bookmarking!



Lovely little review as well, you've got my intrigued for sure.



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