Sonic Syndicate - Rebellion EP (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

Brutal grindcore from one of Sweden's most extreme acts will definitely not disappoint...
Release Date: 
6 Nov 2009 - 12:01am

...Only joking.

Sonic Syndicate's EP Rebellion is a teaser for the next album (title TBC), scheduled to hit the darkened rooms of emo kids everywhere in May 2010. There isn't a whole lot to the EP so I shall try to keep this brief so you can all fuck off and read something more worthwhile - because this, I'm afraid, is not going to be exciting.

Rebellion EP kicks of with Burn This City which has as much substance as an air-flavoured meringue. New vocalist Nathan J Biggs has a decent stab at making Sonic Syndicate sound as generic as physically possible with some highly "innovative" harsh vocals. And, and to ensure all possible individuality is lost, we're treaed to some Enter Shikari-style keyboard wankmongering, which continues onto the secnd beauty, Rebellion in Nightmareland. Yes, Rebellion In NIghtmareland. Well pierce my lip and tattoo a star on my wrist if that isn't the most innovative song concept I've ever heard of.

I don't want to come across as a total cunt but I fear it's unavoidable.

Whilst listening to Evergreen Terrace's recent album Almost Home I had to eat a massive lump of humble pie as their screamo/metalcore music was extremely fucking good. However, my newly-restored faith has been beaten up by LAPD and filmed by a member of the public with Rebellion EP. It's quite simply very dull. I recently reviewed a "7 songs in 50 minutes" Viking metal album that seemed to pass quicker than this two-song affair. Well, three if you count the radio edit of Burn This City, which to me sounded EXACTLY THE FUCKING SAME.

They're all competent musicians; drummer John Bengtsson gets some reasonably meaty work done but by and large, it's about as middle of the road as a suicidal deer. Don't get me wrong; this EP, and the subsquent album, will sell fucking loads. They'll get some more decent tour slots (Nightwish and In Flames have already given them the time of day), will get more stage time at festivals like Download in the UK, and generally have success as a band. And good luck to them. But as far as I'm concerned, if I never hear this kind of feeble, limp-wristed attempt at metal again it'll be too soon.

Rebellion EP is out on 6 November on Nuclear Blast/Riot