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Sonic Syndicate - "Rebellion EP" (CD/EP)

Sonic Syndicate - "Rebellion EP" CD/EP cover image

"Rebellion EP" track listing:

1. Burn This City (3:33)
2. Rebellion In Nightmareland (4:16)
3. Burn This City (radio edit) (3:32)

Reviewed by on November 25, 2009

"While this EP doesn’t do much to fan the flames higher, it doesn’t douse them either. "

Sonic Syndicate has been touring recently with both Nightwish in the U.S. and In Flames in Europe, and has been gaining some press and pub for their efforts. They have come out with the “Rebellion EP” partly to bridge the gap to their next full length, due in Spring of 2010, and partly to introduce new singer Nathan J. Biggs.

The EP starts off with “Burn This City,” which is a radio-ready piece of metalcore dreck. It is straight average, with alternating clean and dirty vocals, melodic and thrash-based parts, and a soft breakdown. “Rebellion in Nightmareland” is a step up, as the band multi-tracks the vocals, and new vocalist Biggs extends himself farther toward death metal territory while keeping his clean vocal counterpoint. The song itself also features more varied musical textures and songwriting, and is a pretty well done piece. The third track, the radio edit for “Burn This City” seems to be exactly the same as the first iteration of the song.

Sonic Syndicate has released some decent albums already and has some momentum going into their next album launch. While this EP doesn’t do much to fan the flames higher, it doesn’t douse them either.

Highs: The multi-tracked vocals on “Rebellion in Nightmareland” are quite well done.

Lows: “Burn this City” is pretty banal.

Bottom line: An EP just to be there, this is hopefully a stepping stone for the band’s next album.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)