RYCHUS SYN - DEADLY SYNS (Independent)
Rychus Syn originates from New York, since three decades these guys stay true to the good old US Metal tradition. During this long period, they have only released one EP called “Licensed To Kill” (1989), a full length effort “Rebirth” that saw daylight in 2008… now Rychus Syn is back with a glorious new cut which bears the title “Deadly Syns”. Agree, 3 pieces in more than 30 years does not mean much but according to myself, it’s better to release a small amount of great efforts than bring out negligible albums on a regular basis. In this case, I give absolute priority to Rychus Syn who deserve more attention than they have may experienced so far. I recommend anyone, who is attracted of valuable US Classic Power/Heavy Metal alternating with thrashing elements, to watch for their official homepage at: http://rychussyn.com/ . When you’re finally convinced by their talented Metal skills, start purchasing their stuff right here.
We already posted a highly esteemed discussion for their previous masterpiece “Rebirth”, at the end of it, Metal To Infinity co-editor Officer Nice closed the review with a very positive/deserved evaluation. Now the pleasure’s on me spreading the word of their brand new album called “Deadly Syns” which is independently released in January 2014. The production was in the hands of drummer Greg Maniscalco and the end result extends far above the average.
After listening to a few songs I noticed that the band’s confidence in Classic Metal remained intact, still some of the tracks demonstrate a few innovative elements. According to my considerations, frontman Dan Reid’s throat spits out more force, harsh and mean but still very original. For some reasons, he reminds me of T.J. Berry of US Metal band Catch 22. Besides this opinion regarding the vocals I’ve also been established that some songs reflecting a more heavy character, especially the guitar work leave me not unaffected. Axeman Drew. M. shows no mercy for the weak, his riffing and soloing actions are straight to the bone/heavy as hell. If there is one band I’d like to compare with, it’s good old Black Sabbath in days of Ozzy. To clarify this, I will recommend you to listen at the last track called ‘Sabbathon’, a wonderful medley of Black Sabbath classics ! If you’re not afraid to be surprised, I suggest you to check out ‘One More Day’ featuring a cello instrument. The subdued moments during the first half must yield to the harsher elements in the second part. This one proves the strength of Mr. Reid’s vocal flexibility, still it’s not their best performance but it’s a song with a personal meaning I guess. Good composition anyway but I’d like to hear Rychus Syn most of all when the pure US Classic Metal effect is on as they prove on killer tracks like ‘Hate Seed’, ‘In What We Trust’, ‘D.O.W’ , ‘Warriors Born’ and ‘Speeding Death’... one by one outstanding songs where Heavy and Power Metal reigns with full dedication. Fans of Hallows Eve’s ‘Death And Insanity’ album will be pleased as well, all because of the thrashing vibes Rychus Syn deliver. ‘239’ is a short, some kind of an intermezzo with a cold psychedelic, weird feel to myself.
The good and less good tracks observed, I come to the conclusion that “Deadly Syns” is a real good piece ! Regarding the character of the whole new album, there is a little difference noticeable with the eye on their predecessor entitled “Rebirth”. To bring a little change into a band’s style is always allowed but it’s recommended to keep it all under control without compromising on the quality of past achieved results. To all US Classic Metal aficionados, get up and order right via the link as posted on top of this discussion.
A quote from the band: “This album is dedicatedto the memory of loved ones lost during the creation of the album”. These are heartfelt words from of a great band called Rychus Syn !
My Points: 86 / 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