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Syron Vanes

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Review by Gary Hill

American that I am I’ve never heard of Syron Vanes before. Apparently these guys have been legends of metal in their homeland of Sweden for 25 years. Well, as strong as this disc is, I can sure see why. If you are a fan of old school metal you’ll certainly love this album. It rocks out with the best of them and will probably be near the top of my list of best metal discs of the year.

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Track by Track Review
Wild
Weird keyboard textures make up the first twenty or so seconds of this cut. Then they launch into a smoking metal riff that is very much in the mode of mid-era Judas Priest. The vocals do feel a bit like a more raw version of the lower end of Halford’s register. This is a real scorcher and a great way to start off the disc. I love the segment with the layered vocals.
All Forbidden
I don’t like this cut as much as I do the opener, but it’s just a matter of degrees. This is another high-energy metal romp, but this time it’s a more raw, stripped down approach, perhaps a bit like AC/DC.
Doctor
We’re back into more meaty metal territory with this rocker that feels a bit like a cross between Priest and ‘90’s era Black Sabbath.
Get Out
This time we get more an ‘80’s metal approach. This is another hard rocking tune, but not one of my favorites on the CD. It does have a cool breakdown to a more melodic approach.
Higher
Weird sounds rise gradually to lead this one off. Then they launch into a smoking metal romp. Feeling perhaps a bit like Motorhead mixed with Krokus, this is a screamer and one of my favorites on the disc. The faster pacing and rapid fire vocals work well to the tune’s advantage. This is just plain awesome.
Problem
Another scorching riff driven excursion, this one is more like Motorhead meets Judas Priest. It’s a killer, but we’ve gotten used to that by now.
Rough Trade
Most metal albums include a ballad and this one is no exception. This really feels a lot like something that might have made it onto Judas Priest’s Angel of Redemption CD, and that’s high praise indeed. As is the rule on most metal ballads, this cut includes dark and light in terms of harder rocking and mellower sounds being alternated throughout.
Sinner
Here we get a change of pace with an almost funky bluesy jam. It powers up to more traditional metal during the track, but the stripped down verse segment is a bit off kilter and very cool, representing a great piece of variety.
Voodoo Doll
The title reminds me of Ozzy’s “Little Dolls,” but this song is nothing like that. This has the most evil sounding texture of anything on the album, and perhaps the most modern metal sound of the disc, too. That’s not to say that this is nu-metal by any means, this is strictly old school, but they pull in a more cutting edge sound on this one.
Want Me
A less metal, more hard rock vein, a bit like AC/DC makes up this smoking grind. You’ll probably hear some Motorhead on this one, too. Overall this is a strong cut, but perhaps something like “Problem” would have served better as the closer.
 
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