It may only be three tracks, but by the close of A Matter Of Perception, the transfixing new release from Italian quartet Synodik, you feel like you have undertaken a journey of epic and thought provoking proportions. Merging progressive and atmospheric death metal, band and release is a sonic contemplation which immerses the senses in a compelling exploration. The successor to Sequences for a New Matrix, the band’s 2012 debut album, A Matter Of Perception is a challenging and riveting flight of discovery.
Genoa bred Synodik formed around five years ago initially under the name Asylum, and soon released the Drown In Pain EP. Live shows with bands such as Neaera, Sadist, Illogicist, Cadaveric Crematorium, Ade, Lifend, and Sideblast followed before the acclaimed Sequences For A New Matrix set down a potent marker for the band. Last year saw them sign with Imminence Records and begin the creation of A Matter of Perception, a trio of tracks which provide a new chapter in the creativity of the band; something explained further by guitarist Leandro Scotto who commented “We are using the EP to mark a new era for the band after two years have passed since the release of out self-produced full length. The concept behind the music arises from the love and enthusiasm for the contemplation of the universe and its arcane structures and paradoxes, and this concept is a true passion that really inspired the music.”
The EP opens with Projections From the Edge, an imagination sparking instrumental lasting barely a minute but providing a soaring ascent of synths and melodies casting a celestial grandeur. Its warmth and invitation is swiftly tossed into a maelstrom of vicious rhythmic incitement, vocal predation, and raw sonic aggression as When the Parallels Fall erupts upon the senses. Vocalist Matteo Campanini is an instant violation, an impressive scourge of vocal spite which antagonises as potently as it successfully lures thoughts and attention into the brewing tempest of invention and cosmic turbulence. With the drums of Edoardo Delucchi a persistent torrent of craft and aggression alongside the throaty bass enticing of Jacopo Rossi (Antropofagus, Dark Lunacy) , the track accelerates into a bedlamic yet fluid and superbly sculpted storm. Scotto constantly evolves his creative narrative of keys and guitars across the ever shifting soundscape, stirring up a fury of sonic bluster as skilful as his melodic invention. The track is nothing less than unpredictable and rigorously testing, but with a multitude of excursions needed to explore all its depths and cavernous creative bodies, it is a constant reward just as the following and equally intensive The Perceived Wisdom.
The final track immediately sculpts its own cascade of inhospitable rhythms amidst a voracious climate as a tide of riff causticity roar alongside a radiant glow of clean vocals. Fury and beauty is again a raging and united front in ears, the charm and elegance of keys and voice a leading protagonist within the brawling tempest. As with its predecessor, the listener is flung and stretched from pillar to post, exhausted and violated with extreme currents of metal and intensity yet caressed by a celestial melodic balm and the increasingly gripping creative drama the song, and indeed EP conjures.
We can throw comparisons to band such as Opeth, Meshuggah, Abraham, and Black Crown Initiate to give an idea of the might and thickly flavoursome imagination of A Matter Of Perception, but it and Synodik have honed their cyclonic sound and enterprise into something uniquely in its own spotlight. This is a sonic ravaging that all extreme and progressive metal fans should embrace.
A Matter Of Perception is available via Imminence Records from January 13th @ http://imminencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-matter-of-perception
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