Patrick : When you win a contest organised by record company Nuclear Blast and in which 1500 bands participated and you gain a record deal, it somehow must put some pressure and high expectations on the band when it comes to the follow up of their a debut cd. Your first cd 'Eden Fire', which was released through Pivotal Rockordings, showed that the potential was present, but that the quality did not occur in all of the songs. Will this young Swedish band Sonic Syndicate be able to remedy this flaw at their new album 'Only Inhuman'?
Sonic Syndicate does not suddenly set foot on totally different musical directions, but they have changed the accents. The songs still hold the middle between Dark Tranquillity, Scar Symmetry, Raunchy and Soilwork; a lot of melodies, tight riffs and full of variation. With Roland Johansson joining the band as second vocalist, the clean vocals have gotten more room, which make the songs more accessible, opener and this has given the band more and more a sound of their own. The high level regarding variation is contained for the full length of the cd and manifests itself in songs such as Double Agent 616', 'Only Inhuman', 'Blue Eyed Fiend' 'Psychic Suicide' and 'Enclave'. Last mentioned track is more tranquil and reticent with even some radio potential. On the whole all songs sound fresher and more fluent as they were on 'Eden Fire' and when it comes to writing compositions the band shows growth here. The production has been done by Jonas Kjellgren, guitarist of Scar Symmetry, and he has taken care of a bright, but still powerful, sound.
Although Sonic Syndicate may go onto musical directions which we have heard before, this bands discerns themselves by the strong compositions and variation. Sonic Syndicate … a name to keep an eye out for!