SYNAPTIK - THE MECHANISM OF CONSEQUENCE (Rebel Tune Records/Membran)
This album was sent to me by Jürgen Artelt of Rebel Tune Records after I had contact with the band. I noticed these lads on Facebook and immediately all of my attention went to them. Why? For several reasons but the main reason was that Alan Tecchio (ex Watchtower / Hades) joined the band for one song. No one can deny that mister Tecchio contains one of the most unique vocals sounds in the Heavy Metal world. Not that it gave him fortune but his name is written in gold in the big book of the history of Heavy Metal.
Synaptik is not heading from the US of A but from Engeland. Since a few years there’s a true Metal revival going on in this country, the land where the cradle of our beloved music style will be forever and a day. The crusaders of steel, Heavy Metal steel, resurrected and they deliver good bands, listening to names like for example Absolva, Monument and so on.
The fact that Synaptik invited Alan Tecchio to join them on their debut album made me believe the music is also in vein of this Metal God’s former bands. And it is… Fans of Hades and Watchtower will surely adore this British band. On this album I hear but tracks with tons of hooks, Progressive and technical performed, with awesome riffing, superb leads and clear – often high pitched vocals. You don’t hear me say Synaptik is as crazy as Watchtower was, the songs are more clear and the band searched for more pure melody and intensity. Yet it is all technical played and don’t expect ‘easy on the ear’ music.
But that the band was influenced by Hades and Watchtower is clear after only one spin. Even the vocal lines of John Knight will often remind the listener of the mentioned Eighties Metal bands. Also the mighty Pathos crosses my mind here and I adore that band, especially their album “Katharsis”. Ian Knight and Jack Murton are the both guitar players and they seem to be a good duo. I suppose you already know I adore intense played solos, well I can find them here! Reading these musicians were in bands like Fifth Season and Inner Sanctum convinced me that some pure talent must be part of Synaptik.
The track with Alan Tecchio is a bonus on this CD and of course worth checking it out but even without it “The Mechanism Of Consequence” is an album that fans of technical played Metal should really give a chance. They won’t be disappointed by songs like “Thruts That Wake”, “Your Cold Dead Trace” (fantastic dark beginning “I Am The Ghost”), “As I Am, As I Was” and “Allies”. Sypnatik is heading between dark Power Metal and technical Thrash Metal and along with this kind of strong soaring high pitched vocals it really works for me!Hot steaming leads an razor sharp riffs, powerful arrangements or in other words powerful stuff! Fanatics of the US kind of Power Metal will not argue with me, that’s for sure! Synaptik didn’t forget to sound brutal on some points and they didn’t miss the secret that also melody is important for this kind of music. Creating a maximum amount of hooks isn’t enough to be respected, at least not by me. Synaptik also wants to keep on playing in your mind and it mostly works on this release!
A nice front cover, a ditto booklet and a debut album from a very promising band. They let me hear some awesome things right here and I really hope they will go on with producing songs with that kind of darkness I heard once and a while! Synaptik understands what fans of True Metal adore and I suppose in the underground Metal scène they can become ‘a name’ because fanatics of True Metal adore thins kind of stuff. To me this is at least one of the best British bands at the moment and because England isn’t that far I hope to see them on stage one day. Hades, Watchtower but also Pathos, Hexenhaus, Mekong Delta, Target and lot of those technical US Power Metal bands crosses my mind while enjoying this album. Not a new hype, not an innovating ban but a formation that follows their own path and too less formations have the talent or the guts to play Metal like this. So yes, this is refreshing! Great release you should check at http://www.synaptikmetal.com or http://www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal.
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish