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"Synesthesia"

By Dark Starr

 I suppose this could be called "heavy metal," but that is only so accurate. A lot of the music here merges the territory between heavy metal and hardcore punk, I suppose making it fit more under metalcore, but even that isn't so tight a fit. At times it leans in one direction more than the other, but that combination is present pretty much throughout this fairly short set. There are other things here, too, including space rock and proggy elements along with some shoegaze. Whatever you call this, it's imaginative, raw and really rocking. 

Pounding in super-heavy and fuzz-laden, there is a bit of a punk edge as the opening "Space Wolf" comes out of the gate. The track gets more aligned with a thrashy sort of pure metal sound as it continues, though. It even has some hints of shoegaze at times. This instrumental is a strong opener.  The second track bears the title "The Russian Sleep Experiment" with the parenthetical "Orange Soda." It powers in with an early thrash meets NWOBHM sound. The vocals come in with a slightly distorted, but old school metal sound. I can almost make out hints of space rock on this dramatic and powerful tune. As strong as the opener was, this takes it to  a new level. Around the two-minute mark it shifts to an almost punk meets thrash approach. This is crazed and tastefully unsettling. The lyrics get a parental advisory. The tune gets crazed and works through a number of changes. There is a full hardcore punk section at later. 

 Pounding out with a fierce and raw thrash jam, "Kiss the Knife" is on fire. It's another with definite hardcore punk edges to it. This works through some different movements, again having sections that are closer to hardcore. "Domestic Punk" is s fierce stomper that has both metal and hardcore in the mix. In fact, this one probably lands closer to the hardcore end of the spectrum. Then again, with that title would you expect anything else?

Another that lands in the hardcore end of the pool, "You're so Cool" is short and ferocious. Fierce and frantic, metal and punk are merged pretty well on "Pretty Kitty." This is another that's brief. Punk and metal are the driving forces on the short screamer titled "Danger Wank," too. 

Noisy and rather experimental, "(To)night Beat" is another that has the combination of metal and punk built into it, but there are other things here, too. Some of the changes are almost prog-like. The cut has a psychedelic edge in some parts, too. This runs almost six-and-a-half minutes, and they make good use of all that space. After the four-minute mark they take it to a weird bit of ambience and then come back in with a dark metal meets space movement. It drifts to trippy space from there to take the set out.