"Confessions" is even worse than "We Rule The Night". Congratulations to that, Sonic Syndicate. Climbing up a big pile of shit to drop another pile of shit on it is an achievement reserved only for a very little and illustrious circle of bands. And those guys just did it with ease. It says a whole damn lot that Nuclear Blast (hello, even Nuclear Blast!) couldn't stand this bullshit and let down those guys as a consequence. There's only one lil' thing I just can't comprehend: why Despotz Records decided to release this abomination. Do they get subsidies by giving those three losers a new home labelwise?
Yup Confessions is by the far the worst thing that SS have come out with. They pretty much threw everything they had out the window and are just starting to pick at straws. The songwriting is terrible, the choruses are emotionless and stale, the vocal melodies are boring and mediocre at best, the electronics have no feeling, no atmosphere, and are entirely lifeless, the riffs are the most simplistic and desperate compositions you can have and are ridiculously overproduced when they come. Sometimes in a few songs theyll work in a decent idea that would actually work if the song writing was better but its not so those parts are just wasted minor potential. The songs Closure and Still Believe have beaten out Turn It Up for the worst song by SS. Funny enough I actually dont feel angry about this album even after all this bitching about it because im not surprised that they decided to sell out this hard, all this album is for me is a painful and dull journey I wont go through with again.
Robic syndiNate is like a blind dick in space thrusting in infinite directions desperately trying to make people give a shit. When the generic chugging didn't work on the last release they're going for a generic pop approach instead. Don't get me wrong here, there's nothing wrong with pop, but these guys obviously don't have much inspiration or vision at all they're just trying to salvage what fame they thought they were in for with We Rule The Night.
I can't comprehend how they managed to create such a shit album. Bands should get better through the years not the other way around :/ "Confessions" makes the self-titled record a good one :( At least we still have Eden Fire...
So, being someone who loved WRTN at release... I always found SS to be a solid but average melodeath band. Then WRTN came and I loved it for blending heavier metal punch with pop and getting away with it. Yes I have a soft spot for pop metal, I wish, instead of the tons of repetive djent/core/melodeath wannabie bands more groups would develop that style. So, when I read the hate on the new album I thought "nice, maybe another one I'll like"... And I couldn't get passed the third song. It's not pop metal, it's pop rock, and I don't mind that, but it's *bad* pop rock. It has no strong melodies, no hooks, no good singing... Melodies are what made WRTN for me, so by going more pop they should do better at it, right?... RIIIGHT?... Funny thing, while writing this I put on WRTN again and I am amazed by the great vocal performance on some of the songs (E.g Plans Are For People where they contrinute to a great, desperate atmosphere). And then vocals on the new one... What the hell happened?
Yeah, I've come to appreciate WRTN a LOT more in retrospect. Especially after this album. And in regards to the melodies, I totally agree. And their previous album -- the self titled album -- had the same problem. The choruses were incredibly weak. And that trend has continued on this album. Except that unlike the self-titled, this album can't rely on intensity and energy to carry it. It has to be WHOLLY melodic... And it just isn't. Only the title track and Start a War are good songs. Everything else is just bad. And like you said, not bad BECAUSE it's pop rock (I too like pop rock), but it's bad because it fails at being good pop rock.
I've been reading rave reviews of their new gigs though from reviewers who don't know the bands history. Seem they pull off very energetic shows playing mostly the new album and We Rule the Night material + Jack of Diamonds on this Spring tour. So if that's your cup of tea go see them. I'm slightly regretting I didn't but I'd have hoped songs from the self titled album as I'm one of the few fans of that record.
My reaction to "Confessions" is basically the same as I originally thought about We Rule The Night. Would've liked it a lot more if it was a different band. If it was a different band, I would've liked it (or at least the general sound) immediately. The title track and "Start a War" are pretty good songs, imo. I thought I had gotten over it and accepted it, after I mellowed out from the radical departure of We Rule The Night. I listened to the first two singles they released and thought "I am totally okay with this." After all, I like Pop Rock, and this sounds pretty good. But when I listened to the album back to back... my heart bled. And now, I find myself longing back to even the WRTN sound... And it didn't help that there were more filler tracks on this album than any of their previous albums... The only difference between my reaction to this and my reaction back when WRTN came out is that back then, my reaction was rage due to a feeling of betrayal. Now, I just feel sadness.
To be honest: I like their new style, it's definetly refreshing and it's definetly not bad songwriting. I loved the debut of The Unguided back then in 2011 but afterwards they recorded the same debut again and again. Yeah it was a trilogy but no step forward between their three albums. Therefore I prefer what Sonic Syndicate is doing: It's better to do what you feel you want to do than trying to be the band everyone wants to have.
You know I disagree with you Syndicaidramon. I don't see The Unguided material as more mainstream or less heavy than Only Inhuman or LAOD stuff which were imo the best of SS until the self titled album which I prefer as much or even more. The few lamer moments of LAOD can't compare to the overall failure of WRTN. Although that album has some great or good songs like Burn This City, Break Of Day, Plans Are For People and the title track. Heart of Eve and Dead and Gone were bonus tracks and a bit heavier but fairly typical SS stuff. I'd only say they were decent tracks and not even really part of the album. The biggest failure of WRTN is the lyrics though like MoogInRow said. I happen to like the lyrics of Plans Are For People and Break Of Day but those are the exceptions. From The Unguided Fragile Immortality was a bit samey but Lust and Loathing has more variety and new things which was nice.
The only thing The Unguided has going for it in terms of post-LAOD evolution is the lyrics, which are way beyond most of what can be found on WRTN, which was that album's weakest point by far. Self titled album improved in that regard, but had, for the most part, rather lackluster songwriting... And while Hellfrost was a decently diverse album, Fragile Immortality was just incredibly samey. Every song felt like a copy/paste.
@MachineAnimal: I can't say I agree. The Unguided is far too safe and mainstream imo.
Honestly, when listening to a lot of their tracks, they're really not too far from WRTN in terms of commercial appeal. Except that they're absolutely drowning in poppy synths most of the time, which ends up making them sound MORE commercially accessible than WRTN ever was.
I mean, at least WRTN had tracks like "Break of Day", "Heart of Eve" and "Dead And Gone". What's the fastest, heaviest track The Unguided has? I'd say "Collapse My Dream" and it's on the level of an average Sonic Syndicate track at best in terms of intensity and energy.
Id say that LAOD was their downfall, it had a few worthwhile tracks on it but a lot of the choruses never stuck out or were that memorable and some of the softer Alt Rock tracks were cringeworthy boring to sit through.
I still maintain that LAOD is their best album, followed by OI and then Eden Fire. Honestly, I actually think their latest is the weakest. Weaker than WRTN. Not as insulting or out of character, mind you, but in terms of how the melodies and choruses are written, it is by far the lowest of the bunch. WRTN did at least have some really catchy choruses, despite being more what one would expect of a far more commercial band than SoSy...
@MachineAnimal: I don't understand how you can say that the choruses were particularly catchy. When comparing them to the choruses of OI and LAOD, they are not even close to being equally as catchy. No love for "Dead And Gone" or "Heart of Eve"? Those were both from WRTN and arguably two of the better tracks...