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Give this album a chance...it will grow on you!
on 3 March 2006
First of all...if you're familiar with SYL, and are expecting more of the same from Synchestra, you WILL be dissapointed. The only similarity is the production, as it's very similar to Alien. But that's where the likeness stops.
When I first heard this album I was very let down, for that exact reason. It was too chirpy, too happy, to straightforward (deceptively so).
Now, for those very reasons, this album has really grown on me. From start to finish it's a thoroughly uplifting album, and there's far more to it than meets the eye. It opens with a solitary acoustic guitar being gently strummed, campfire style, and is soon accompanied by Devin's smooth pitch-perfect clean vocals. Somehow, they merge seamlessly into a blasting torrent of double kicks and euphoric riffing, and so it keeps progressing. They throw everything in there, from some utterly Vai-esque soloing on "Triumph", to the occasional banjo interlude, and even some polka-cum-circus music; "Vampolka".
Listening to it now, it's hard to convey what exactly it's about - think Fear Factory with walls (huge, thick, very tall walls) of keyboards and layered guitars, injected with large quantities of "happy". You really have to hear it for yourself I guess.
The other thing that I appreciate about this album is that it manages to be heavy without the pretense of somehow being "evil" or dark. They're just making good music, and having a good time .
If I have any criticism of the album, it's that some songs kinda drag on a little bit...but to what extent depends on the mood you're in when you listen to it. If you really let yourself become immersed in the whole thing, you want it to go on and on. If, on the other hand, you just want to listen to the odd song, it might seem a bit boring at times. So for that, I'll take off one star.
All I can say is, don't be put off the first time you put this in your CD player. Put yourself in a good mood, grab a cold beer (or a hot cup of tea, depends what you like!) relax and just take it all in. And most of all, remember...this is NOT Strapping Young Lad. Keep that in mind and you'll be fine :)