Sunday, October 9, 2011

Syntax (USA) - DEMO (2009)


1. Expanded Universe
2. Rape Aesthetic
3. Elegy
4. Yinchorri Uprising
5. Evacuation Plan
6. Shattered Teeth (The Advantages of Disadvantage)
7. Empty Sky (Promise)
8. The Myth of Sisyphus
9. Throne (Instrumental)

Syntax, as a band of Discordance Axis worshipers and general noise & speed enthusiasts, is another band that ought to have been posted on cephscope much, much earlier. Had someone played me, for example, 'Elegy' without letting me know about what I'm listening to, I'd probably ask something along the lines of... "Has Chang unearthed some lost recordings or is DxAx back together?" Sounds like Asterisk performing in a space between Ulterior and Jouhou, all the way down to a perceivable "lack" of distortion on the guitar, and a thin, trashcan presence of the snare.

A part of me enjoys the shit out of the demo, and I heartily recommend it to any grind & Disco Axis fan, yet in the end I'd really, really like to hear something more from the band. It is also somewhat understandable if this is exactly what they want out of their sound, but I'd still ask of them to review the ranks of wondrous, wide-eyed DxAx worshippers that they've joined by the power of these recordings, e.g. Asterisk, White Eyes, Agents of Abhorrence, Jesus Egg...


That's what they're doing, there, investing their efforts by the power of a castle, while it is the castle that really contains the power. Build your own castle! And, "He-Man"?! How fucked up and suggestive is that, especially in certain other languages, where you'd pronounce He-Man and hymen the exactly same way... Andrew's similar thoughts are to be found on Grind & Punishment.


DesiccatedVeins said...
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DesiccatedVeins said...

Glad to see the return of Karlo/awesome stream-of-consciousness-y reviews to this blog. Very enjoyable band, and I can't wait 'til they stop playing dress-up with DxA's old wardrobe and find their own style.

t3c said...

Aaaaand you're back! It's been a long wait.

What to add about Syntax... I'm not angry that they're obviously ripping off DA when it sounds so good. I guess I can't have enough of it ;)

Andrew Childers said...

i think it's funny that everybody but jon chang can hear the da influence clearly. he just doesn't see it.

Zmaj said...

A-blushing here. Still got no internets at home, you know. Out of the loop - send me cool new bands & releases if you've discovered any. Looking a bit into what seems interesting on Randall's Grindcore Karaoke.

Andrew: I guess if Chang doesn't like them, that doesn't mean that they don't like him. ;D Just kidding, but not hearing the DxAx in Syntax seems downright absurd.

D4NIEL said...

Riffs directly lifted from Discordance Axis songs never sounded so good! Like DesiccatedVeins said, would like to hear them do their own thing a lil more but I can't deny this is so awesome.