We have a long history of showcasing standout
indie artists, but with this special we take it one step further and showcase
standout indie artists that are making it happen on their own.
While the goal for most DIY bands is to
get their music out on their own and not wait for that "record deal", the
record deal is usually the ultimate goal. And when an artist takes it upon
themselves to go the DIY route with a self-release and succeed, it actually
makes it easier for a label to see the wisdom of signing them. That is
usually when labels will take a chance on a band that doesn't fit nicely
into a little "current trend" box. We here at the antiMusic Network
wish the artists featured here nothing but success, whether it is a total
DIY affair or they ultimately use their DIY skills to land a deal.
The artists featured in this series all
cover different areas of rock. The last time we featured Indiana metal
monsters Against All Hope, this time we go all the way to Ireland to check
out the metal stylings of Sinocence .
By Mark Hensch
Mark broke this up into to two reviews
of the band's EPs, which were released a year apart.
- Acceptable Level of Violence
Sinocence - Acceptable Level of Violence
Hailing from Northern Ireland, heavy metal
act Sinocence take the blue-collar, hard-working, and zest for life famous
of the Irish and apply those principles to modern thrash metal. The result
on their 2003 EP Acceptable Level of Violence is a sound of rocking
guitars yet moody and in-your-face lyrics about the harder things in life.
Thankfully, Sinocence rarely, if ever,
wallow in the darker emotions of the human psyche. Instead, they vent their
collective frustrations through hard-hitting rock that is blunt yet polished.
"Making a Monster" opens with some radio mosh riffs, and frontman
Moro soon unloads with his angst-ridden, subtle Irish brouque. Though more
talented then some of the horribly weak nu-metal bands we have on our side
of the pond, "Making a Monster" is obviously meant to appeal to younger
people suffering injustice, proclaiming at one point "Or the mess I'll
leave with teenage misery/I didn't know your reality was lonely/They're
making a monster." The song ends with Moro growling a straight-forward
"I hate you," and that's all she wrote folks. "Six Second Stare" is poppy
metal, with Moro and lead guitarist Anto playing driving riffs and drummer
Davy does a decent job of keeping the heads banging.
"Inside" begins with some clean, melancholy,
and 90's rock similar chords before the band goes back to their more-familiar
style of normal hard rock. Moro at some points in this song hits some pretty
good notes, and his vocals shift from growling near-rap to wavering sing-songs.
"Shedding Skin" is the EP's hardest and most thrashy song, a highlight
indeed. Closer "Anything for the Next Escape" is another superior song,
it's building intro exploding like a firecracker with bombastic guitars
and then switching back to a nice mellow verse.
All-in-all, Sinocence craft fairly straightforward
and commonplace hardrock, in a radio friendly heavy metal vein. Short and
to-the-point, Sinocence conjures an image of a Disturbed like-band with
a slightly better metal pedigree. If you're looking for some quick yet
solid metal that isn't too mind-blowing, Acceptable Level of Violence
should be perfectly acceptable to you.
1. Making a Monster
2. Six Second Stare
4. Shedding Skin
5. Anything for the Next Escape
- The Beautiful Death Scene
Sinocence - The Beautiful Death
Having reviewed one of Sinocence's earlier
works (Acceptable Level of Violence) just this previous evening,
I can sadly say I wasn't expecting to be too blown away by this album,
Beautiful Death Scene, and also the latest release from Northern Ireland's
Sinocence. Like some other moments in life, I was joyously proven wrong,
and Sinocence habe matured so profoundly between both albums (only a year
apart) that it sounds almost like an entirely different band.
"Beneath the Halo" kicks the EP off with
crushing and brutal riffs, and the newer stylings of Sinocence are apparent
already; the heavy music is already more heavy and thrash-influenced, while
the slower stuff is more laid-back and chilling. After "Beneath the Halo's"
smacking intro, clean freestyling guitar picking is added on the verses
to freshen things up. The drumming is particularly sweet here; things stop
and start flawlessly on a dime, and the thrash breakdowns are solid and
laden with good guitar solos.
"Drown the Noise" is a quiet feedback guitar
ballad, with frontman Moro's softly bemoaning lyrics meshing with the subtle
drum beats and guitar pieces perfectly. The song explodes later on with
some heavier spaces of thrash, and it's nice how seamless the transition
from light to heavy is.
"Novocain" has machine gun drumming,
and is a down-tuned guitar assault. The guitar leads are many here, and
things are fun and entertaining. "Scarred Human Voodoo Doll" is in my opinion
the album's weakest track, but that doesn't mean it still can't rock out
with it's dark moshpit anthems and chugging monster guitars. The strange
"Soul-Tied" is a complete 180 for the band; it's a crystaline piano ballad
with quiet drumming and few guitars till later on. When the guitaring does
appear, it's in a slow-paced thrash starburst. So strange is the quiet
grace of this track (mainly in Moro's vocals) that I questioned whether
or not it even belongs on this CD. Regardless, it is still a standout track
albeit one possibly out of place.
The Beautiful Death Scene is proof
you shouldn't pass off a band's weaker offerings if they have the chance
to offer progression. This album is definitely heads above their previous
works, and it is a textbook example of how bands should showcase their
A-games with each new album to keep entrancing and surprising us.
1. Beneath the Halo
2. Drown the Noise
4. Scarred Human Voodoo Doll
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