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Cyndies - Smellin'Burning [EP] (2014) - Review

Band: Cyndies
Album title: Smellin'Burning [EP]
Release date: 7 July 2014
Label: Self-Released

Tracklisting:
01. We Were Lovers
02. MasterWolfe
03. Revolution (Radio Version Cut)
04. Vision In Bangkok (Junkie Version)

If you ever watched the film 24 Hour Party People, then you'll undoubtedly understand what I mean by saying when giving Smellin'Burning the first spin, the thought of that very film popped into my head immediately. In case you haven't, I'll put it briefly: the film revolves around Manchester's popular music community from 1976 to 1992, especially about Factory Records, a label that covered many big names such as Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays. Do you see where I am aiming for now?

Emerging from Italy, Cyndies consist of Francis Bottamini on vocals, who is also in charge for the lyrics writing, Gabo on guitar, Riky Darker behind the bass, Phil Sperotto on guitar #2 and synths and Zizzi behind the drums. Their clear vision and mission is to play the most trip-like version of post-punk, with slight modernization. But not the post punk revival modernisation, which has emerged in the mid 00's and brought some famous names into the music game, that are leaning more towards the indie and alternative rock tunes. I'm talking about good, old fashioned, artsy, gloomy post-punk.

Their latest EP with a cryptic title Smellin'Burning consists of 4 tracks and I can't hear or smell anything burning here. The opening "We Were Lovers" is a nice trendsetter for the band's sound, with the pounding bass line, repetitive and minimalistic rhythm entwined with gentle, easy and mesmerizing guitar tunes and darksome, distant vocals. The-art minded approach and deep-toned sound creates an intense feeling of pathos, but just in the right amount, without the feeling they're overdoing it. "MasterWolfe" deepens the strange melancholy and colourless soundscapes even further, whilst "Revolution" – as the name suggests – reclines to more striking pose, but still remains painful and transcendental in its core. The EP's closing chapter, "Vision In Bangkok", is a bit more dark rock influenced; flirting with dark ambient, before striking again with a massive interpretation of despondency.

With only 4 songs and the average length around 3 and a half minutes, everything more I would say, would just be jibber-jabber. It’s very simple with Smellin'Burning: it's short, captivating, eloquent and effective; painted in grey colours and almost pathological melancholy, delivering versatility and consistency at the same time. If you're into old school post-punk or even proto-goth rock bands and not narrow-minded in a sense that nowadays music with such intense entrancing feeling cannot be done, then Cydnies won't disappoint you. With Smellin'Burning they'll cast a spell on your mind, hypnotize you and send your mind on a weird, but pleasant trip through the dark and psychedelic lands of sonic seduction.

Review by: Ines
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Sirenia
Album title: The Seventh Life Path
Release date: 8 May 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Fourteen years. Fourteen years have already passed, since Morten Veland departured from one of the most prominent and praised gothic metal acts of its time, Tristania, and decided to further develop and portray his talent and visions in Sirenia. Whilst the typical melodic, rhythmic and groovy guitar riffing, beautifully combined and enhanced by the use of choirs, powerful orchestrations, delightful piano melodies and stunning Ailyn's clean vocals, counterpoised by Morten's profound growls, still build the core of The Seventh Life Path, its beauty lies in incorporating various elements of different metal styles and thus its explorative, even a bit experimental and pompous nature. The compositions on The Seventh Life Path are yet again very dense and rich, as they ooze strange, strained, sharp, intense, wretched and venomous atmosphere. The divine and darkened harmonies on this album result in an esoteric, edgy, mesmerizing and hellacious album, which at the same time offers a tremendous emotional burdened and at the same time story-telling aestheticism.

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