Sunday, August 8, 2010
Syranic - The Windscale Inception EP
Syranic are a progressive metalcore group from Germany. This is the band's debut record and tries to blur the line between melodic metalcore and technical mathcore. The songs are actually put together quite well for a first record so there isn't a lot to pick on.
The five songs on this album do bring the metalcore vibe due to the breakdowns and screamed vocals, but beyond that, this band have much more in common with the technical side of the metal genre. The music is fast paced and somewhat technical, enough to keep you listening, but not enough to put these guys in the same realm as The Dillinger Escape Plan. The songs on here also seem to have a focus on having a very catchy chorus, for me anyway, they succeed, hear tracks like Trans[c]ience.
There's plenty to pick on for those that simply see this band as metalcore, but actual performances and sound on here certainly put them head-and-shoulders above most metalcore bands. Another thing that must be said for this album is that it does not appear to follow the trend of a lot of -core influenced bands that include bad trance and electronic samples into the music or use auto-tune on the clean vocals to appeal to modern scene kids. This sounds like a band that reject that music and instead focus on combining elements of groups like Meshuggah, Periphery, and Killswitch Engage together to make songs heavy and melodic by interesting.
Overall, this is a well constructed and catchy release that should appeal to fans of many different genres. Though there is still improvement that could be made on creating a sound that is a bit more unique, this debut is well constructed and shows that the band are talented at writing songs. Whether you happen to listen to more progressive groups like Periphery or Meshuggah or more melodic bands like Killswitch or Soilwork, this is definitely something to check out.
Overall Score: 7.5
Highlights: Nemesis, Death Facility One