Rating: 9 / 10 Stars
SOLE SYNDICATE is: Jonas Månsson (vocals/guitar), Katja Rasila (keyboards/vocals), David Gustafsson bass/vocals), Henrik Zetterlund (drums)
REVIEW – SOLE SYNDICATE bridges the gap between classic European roots and modern American sounds, and the band is well aware of the secret that all of the best hard and heavy bands, both from the past and the present, share: every song matters.
‘Into the Flames’ is a darker and stronger album than its precursor (the extraordinary 2020 classic hard rock epic ‘Last Days of Eden’): thunderous riffs and exquisite solos, screaming vocals, some terrific melodies, and a massive rhythmic foundation provides the core of each track.
The album’s lyrical tone is bleak, and it takes the audience on a voyage within the human psyche, taking a pulse on daily existence. SOLE SYNDICATE isn’t a political band, but they aren’t hesitant to compose and sing about current events such as the climate, psychological wellbeing, social inequality, and war.
The first tune of ‘Into the Flames’ is “Forsaken”, it combines crunchy guitars, powerful vocals, and thundering beats. Stand, sway, sing, and yell to “Count To Zero” while allowing your emotions to overwhelm your senses. The next track “Brave Enough” will have the audience up, pounding their fists, beating their heads, and yelling. Close your eyes and let “Shadow of My Love” carry you away into your dreams. “Miss Behave” has great riffs, beautiful vocals, and a solid beat that will make you raise your air guitar fist. “Dust of Angels” is fist-pumping, head-banging metal that will have you on your feet and ready to conquer the world.
“Sunset Strip” is an incredible musical journey that transports the listener back to a period when brilliant musicianship dominated the radio. “Do You Believe?” is accompanied by fist pumps, foot stomps, and rocking. Slowly, “In the Absence of Light” draws you in as the evocative music envelops your senses with blazing leads and outstanding vocals. “Freak Like Me” is a very memorable melody that will linger in your mind for days. “Back Against the Wall” sway and groove with reckless abandon. The dramatic melody and vocals of the closing track “Into The Flames” will send goosebumps down your spine as it propels you forward.
The loud and exhilarating soundtrack of our deranged society is ‘Into the Flames.’
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