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Synalgia : Referred Pain

Among the things that Mother Russia seems to never be deprived of are Doom Metal bands. Or, to be more precise, Funeral/Death/Gothic Doom bands. Whether you can blame for that the influence of the Orthodox Church or the majesty of the ta´ga landscapes, I don't know. So, what does Synalgia brings to the table? Mostly something that could be labelled as Gothic Death/Doom. The music is slow, the guitars are rather heavy for a self-produced record, there's sadness and gloom (and some accoustic parts too), yet...the music is without personality.

Theorically, I could say it is not a big problem for me, as I'm able to enjoy a completely unpersonal record, as long as it is well-played. Luckily, Evgueny, the guy behind Synalgia, knows how to handle his instruments, but this is not enough. The production is bad, especially when it comes to the guitars that are over-saturated like the worst Black Metal demo you can think of. Worse, most of the riffs are damn average and thus, cannot miss the displaying of emotions in half the songs. Icing on the cake, the drum machine sounds too much like a drum machine.

Basically, Synalgia is the kind of project with a lots of ideas, some better than others (the flute on 'Moon Song', for example), and which would gain a lot in being performed by a full band. As far as it goes, to me this release would make a rather interesting first demo, as this show some musical clay that need a bit more moldering. But as a first full-length, it is at best average. This could please the fans of Gothic Doom, or even the most romantic Doom/Deathsters around here, that won't mind a bit of cheese in their music. But even I, who have a very high level of tolerance for bad Doom bands, won't play this CD more than once every year.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Eternal Slavery
2. Deadman’s Love
3. Heathland Wind
4. Moon Song
5. Path Of Holy Revenge

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes.

Visit the Synalgia bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-07-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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