Rating:
3.0
Sonic Syndicate - We Rule The Night
27 August 2010


01. Beauty And The Freak
02. Revolution, Baby
03. Turn It Up
04. My Own Life
05. Burn This City
06. Black And Blue
07. Miles Apart
08. Plans Are For People
09. Leave Me Alone
10. Break Of Day
11. We Rule The Night
12. Dead And Gone [bonus]
13. Perfect Alibi [Japanese bonus]


I consider myself an easy going guy. Nothing out of the ordinary can faze me (except maybe a bald Brittany Spears, or Pepsi-removing Dr. Pepper in various food joints, but that's another story…) except when I come across music so horrendous, so grotesquely pretentious that I have to play that shit over and over again, just to know if this is some kind of an inside joke, only to realize that I would have been much better NOT playing it. Well, guess what? I'm on barbiturates right now because of the mental trauma administered by an abomination of an album entitled We Rule The Night

No one could have predicted such a fall from grace from Sonic Syndicate (though Fallen Angels is more appropriate in this instance). Boy o' boy, what on God's concrete earth ever happen to this bunch of guys? They used to play decent music once…fine, let's not dwell in the past, let's talk about the future, let's talk about now, let's talk about We Rule The Night. Firstly, I want to get the positives out of the way...the cover art is absolutely gorgeous! Their best by far. Okay, now I'm stuck…

We Rule The Night is possibly the worst album I've ever heard, period! Now that I've overcome my hysteria from the side effects, justification is in order; let's start with the songs themselves; some of the songs are so pedestrian you just begin to wonder what the hell is going on?! Songs such as "Beauty And The Freak" and "Turn It Up" will forever be etched on my memories, all for the wrong reasons, but the award surely goes to "Miles Apart" (I just can't stand the opening keyboards on this one!). Don't even get me started about the vocals! They are so exceptionally disjointed and horrible that you might as well go to myspace and listen to some of their songs for a good laugh. (Recent studies suggest that this kind of music is the perfect antidote for suicidal music perfected by Shining, hence Kvarforth hasn't committed suicide yet.) Even the workable songs (such as "Leave Me Alone") are utterly destroyed by the new kid, Nathan Biggs. Hogging all the spotlight from Richard, who is reduced to screaming aimlessly in the background, doesn't help as well (though I've never been a fan of his either, he was the most energized of the lot). I can understand if they are trying to present themselves to a wider audience, but releasing something this ridiculous is just beyond me…

So, Richard has left the band. Surprising? Hardly. With an album as bad as We Rule The Night, no one wants to put their reputation on the line. In the end, I'll put it to you as painless as possible, STAY AWAY FROM THIS ALBUM! Do yourself a favor. Give this to someone you hate, even then after careful consideration. If they rule the night, I am the greatest guy ever on this earth!


Band profile: Sonic Syndicate
Album: We Rule The Night


 


written by MechanisT | 11.12.2010


Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Guest review by
iaberis

Rating:
6.0
Sonic Syndicate is surely the band with the weirdest musical evolution in this passing decade. They began as a Gothenburg Metal band with their decent Eden Fire album in 2005, then got Roland Johansson in their line up and released in 2007 Only Inhuman, a mix of Gothenburg Metal with American Alternative Rock. In 2008, Love And Other Disasters saw the light of day, that marked a step even further in the American Nu Metal and Melodic Metalcore scene. 2009 was the year that Roland Johansson decided to leave the band (couldn't stand the criticism maybe?) and was replaced by Nathan J. Biggs.

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MechanisT - 11.12.2010 at 18:07  
Smilies do not like me...
Daggon - 12.12.2010 at 02:16  
Written by MechanisT on 11.12.2010 at 18:07

Smilies do not like me...


It doesn't matter, I liked your review, even if you don't talk too much about the album letdowns (at least in my humble opinion), but I got the point, this album is utter shit, just as I expected.
MechanisT - 12.12.2010 at 20:42  
Written by Daggon on 12.12.2010 at 02:16

Written by MechanisT on 11.12.2010 at 18:07

Smilies do not like me...


It doesn't matter, I liked your review, even if you don't talk too much about the album letdowns (at least in my humble opinion), but I got the point, this album is utter shit, just as I expected.


I'm flattered by the kind words.

The thing is, I genuinely wanted to 'like' the album. I may not be a fan but I am aware of their earlier works, which I believe is decent and entertaining. So this came as a rude shock to my system. Oh well, what can anyone do about that now?
Justicelust - 13.12.2010 at 15:20  
I agree with this review. I regret being a fan of them.
the worst album ever. I hope thay come with something like Eden Fire in future.
hadriel - 14.12.2010 at 22:13  
This band is and will always be awful now. Sucks because a few years back I would have said they were one of the bands that could bring back gothernburg style melodeath.
BoxCar Willy - 11.09.2011 at 18:34  
I wanna hear the doctor pepper story!!! XD

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