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Synasthasia
Style Collector

Company: Self Release
Release: 2012
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • A good solid album



  • I'm not in a metal band and haven't played any instruments since the recorder in 1982. I do have two rules in place if I were to ever start a band. One, make the logo easily legible so EVERYONE can read the name of my band. Second, I would have a band name that can be researched easily, one that flies off the tip of the tongue and can easily be found in one fell swoop on Google.

    Germany's Synasthasia is neither of these, in fact it took me five tries to Google information for them and I couldn't remember how to spell the name for this very review. The logo is obnoxious and I hate the name and I just wanted to get that out and about and off of my soapbox before summing up this album review.

    These Germans are playing a rather unique brand of traditional power metal, one that that finds them playing a good mix of old Helloween, newer modern metal with growls and a good solid dose of NWOBHM style similar to the faster Iron Maiden numbers. This is the band's fourth album since their conception in 1998 and I would imagine this sort of thing should be popular since it crosses over several sub-genre boundaries of metal. The aggressive parts remind me of Gothenburg-style melodic death, maybe something like Callenish Circle or Dark At Dawn, complete with raspy vocals that aren't really black metal or high register. The faster guitar parts are power metal gallops, maybe like "Aces High" with some songs lit up like Helloween's "Keepers" era.

    The end result is a good solid album from an indy band that would be on pace with 3 Inches Of Blood if it had better production values.


    About this Writer:
    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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    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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