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Syrach : Silent Seas

This release is probably a bit too short to be considered as a full-length, but it seems to be intended to be one, so we'll list it as one. Besides, the length is not so short that it matters much. However, the question of why this band hasn't become one of the major bands yet is something I often ponder upon.

Syrach sounds like no other doom/death band. On one hand it has clear influences from raw and cruel doom/death bands like diSEMBOWELMENT and Mythic. On the other hand, you can also find influences from Silentium, Visceral Evisceration, Black Lodge and early Anathema. The pace varies between slow, mid-tempo and high tempo. Occasional progressive and jazz elements have been incorporated, as well as a depressive violin which somehow never sounds like it's weeping.

There aren't many doom/death bands that manage to sound both aggressive and depressive at the same time. These guys do so, however. Err... It's probably wrong of me to say guys as there is a female vocalist with a unique voice in the band as well. She appears from time to time, but most of the time the extreme growling male vocals is what you will hear.

So how come this band hasn't left their underground lair and become one of the influential bands? Apparently Syrach has had some lineup problems which has been solved recently (2004) and one could speculate that it is the reason. Still, it is quite a mystery that there haven't been more labels which have taken interrest in this band as they have been around over ten years now.

This band probably has everything that every death/doomster would be looking for. Female vocals, melancholy, aggression, good riffage and a rhythm which is more than decent for headbanging - all of this without ever becoming unoriginal. It should be noted that the tempo changes quite often, and hence could make the album a hard listen the first time it's spun. This effect will fade after a few spins, though. So I guess my conclusion is that this is a CD which needs a little patience, but gives a grand reward.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ...Nor The Frail Perception
2. Jaded Funeral
3. ...Of Dragons Tears
4. (As Years Go By In) Silence
5. A Centenarian Odyssey
6. Outro: De Doedes Tjern*

6. Outro: The Lake of the Dead

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

Visit the Syrach bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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