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Syron Vanes
Chaos from a Distance
Type: CD
Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2017
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 3/23/2017
The pinnacle of success for these 40-year vets of hard 'n heavy
Hard to believe these Swedes are nearly 40-years old. The band splashed the scene in 1980 and signed with late NWOBHM label Ebony records for two albums, ‘Bringer of Evil’ in 1984 and ‘Revenge’ in 1986. After that solid start…well things got a little wishy-washy. The band took 17-years to release their third album, ‘Insane’. It proved to be a bit of a comeback for the group with two albums released in the 00’s and another in 2013. In my opinion, Syron Vanes have reached their peak of productivity with this new album, ‘Chaos from a Distance’. It arrives courtesy of Danish label Mighty Music. The record begins with solid opener “God of War”, a stead-fast mid-tempo anthem that has a bit of chugging rhythm. Second cut, “Angelchild”, is exactly what we want out of this band. It’s punchy and melodic hard rock with that expression of heaviness. It’s this sort of sweeping guitar-driven hook that allows the smooth vocals of Rimmy Hunter to envelope listeners. The album’s title track is sort of this hybrid of Fozzy meets Ozzy meets The New Black, complete with some down-tuned heaviness and pinch harmonics. Highlights are aplenty – check out the speedy gallop of “The Seventh Day”, the build-up of the nearly eight-minute “Trial by Spirit” or the rowdy “Ringside”. It’s 13 cuts and nearly a full hour of hard ‘n heavy perfection.
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2017
Eric Compton3/23/2017


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