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Wycked Synn - The Vision - 2003 Chavis Records - Reviewed by EC

Track Listing
1. Into The Darkness
2. Tell The Tale
3. The Vision
4. Let It Rain
5. If You Said Goodbye
6. Evil Ways
7. K.M.A
8. Til The End
9. In My Mind
10. Unchosen Path
11. The Savior
This debut record from Arizona's Wycked Synn is another stellar release for 2003. This will definitely insert itself into my top 10 of the year when the polls close in December.

If you want melodic, guitar driven 80s metal with big leads and one fantastic singer, then this band is calling your name. Chavis Records have done a wonderful job promoting this band, with alot of the hard rock metal sites on the web talking about Wycked Synn all year.

This album really sounds sleek and polished, with all the melodic hooks that dominated hard rock and power metal in the 80s. One can hear everything from Dokken and Racer-X to Queensryche and Lethal, with plenty of flashy guitar dynamics from guitarist Ken Orth and soaring Tate-like vocals from Gary Grant.

I've always loved the European scene for its melodic hard rock acts such as Pretty Maids, Pink Cream 69, and Sinner. Wycked Synn is the American version of those types of metal bands. What a shocker considering the sorry state of affairs when it comes to metal on the airways here. Wycked Synn ignores the trends of Linkin Park, Korn, and Godsmack, instead dwelling on the glorious sounds of the 80s, adding a nice touch of double bass for a power metal assault when they feel it necessary.

Songs like "Tell The Tale" and "The Vision" just shine, with a killer guitar gallop that crunches along like George Lynch or Jake E. Lee, and the powerful vocals of Grant just lift the listener to another level of metal existence. Think prime Queensryche meets "Back For The Attack" Dokken. Absolutely brilliant!! The emotional "Let It Rain" is a perfectly created mood piece that offers some beautiful female vocals to the mix. My favorite cut would have to be the Crue-like "Evil Ways", a stormy ripper that has some killer melody and a chorus that just won't leave your head.

I have big plans for this band. Wycked Synn will go places if enough people share "The Vision". I honestly believe this band sits on the top rung of American hard rock. They have that special driving force behind them to create quality modern music with an emphasis on 80s metal tradition.

Wait until this album hits Japan!!


--EC 11.02.03
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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The VisionWycked Synn
2003
Eric Compton11/3/2003


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