Sonic Syn­di­cate Nu­clear Blast

Blunt - - In Review - TI­MOTHY HAWTHORNE

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.

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