Sonic Syndicate Nuclear Blast
It’s album number five for this veteran Swedish act and rather disappointingly, things are plodding along at the same, tired- sounding pace even though this is the first effort from Sonic Syndicate that doesn’t feature brothers – and founding members – Richard and Roger Sjunnesson. A self- titled affair usually signals a can’t- miss musical statement, but the worn- todeath juxtaposition of heavy verses and cleanly sung choruses lacks imagination and fails to pack a punch at any stage throughout the disc’s 11 tracks. Everything about Sonic Syndicate is clinical, from the precision performances ( kudos) through to the comfortably- in- the- box song structures, so it’s likely that fans looking to add to the ‘ we worship Soilwork’ section of their collection will still get a kick out of this. Unfortunately, the same can’t ( and won’t) be said for anyone else.