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Sonic Syndicate is a nubile metal sextet whose 10-track debut exhibits a stunning array of synth-laden Swedish metal. Even though this outfit’s age ranges from the tender 17 to the mature 22, they unload a flurry of In Flames meets Still Remains riffs and a slew of Dark Funeral meets Soilwork song structures, convincingly proving their credibility. “Zion Must Fall” contains the molten metallic majesty of nearly anything on the radar today, and “Crowned in Dispair”, highlighted by neo-Goth rock overtones and Children of Bodom-esque catchiness, is one of EDEN FIRE’s standout tracks. The Swedish metal scene seems to be teeming with jaw-droppingly good bands, and you can add Sonic Syndicate to that ever-growing list.
- Mike SOS