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Sinith Hall: Synesthetic Perceptions
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Sinith Hall: Synesthetic Perceptions

Melodic/Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 4.5/5.0

St. Louis based Sinith Hall presented me with a welcome conundrum. Their debut work, Synesthetic Perceptions, is a strange, and inviting, mixture of metal bedfellows. The over-arching motif is progressive metal thanks to their dynamic song arrangements. But the elements that conspire to make those arrangements are an odd mixture: modest bits of thrash, strong melodic metal tones, gritty and garish death metal vocals and, to add some perplexity, near neo-classical guitar work. The last tickled my ears and gave my musical mind a spin. The whole death metal and death metal vocal thing is so oppressively generic these days, and not that there aren't guitar solos in melodic death metal, but having true fret virtuosity is inspiring. Other bands do it, but certainly not as well as Sinith Hall.

Faithful Dangerdog readers will already know that I can do without the crusty cookie monster death metal vocals, and they would be correct. Nevertheless, the music on Synesthetic Perceptions is so genuinely creative and moving that I often 'blanked" those vocals out. The Writer, Desert Sands, The Season, and the nearly immaculate Santosha are wonderful compositions filled with twists, turns, and thrills bound by sterling guitar work. Synesthetic Perceptions is convincing and entertaining.

Few young bands can hit the mark, with ingenuity and energy, the first time out, but Sinith Hall has done so. They're on to something good with their debut Synesthetic Perceptions, and you should pick up on it. Very recommended!

In Short

Few young bands can hit the mark, with ingenuity and energy, the first time out, but Sinith Hall has done so. They're on to something good with their debut Synesthetic Perceptions, and you should pick up on it. Very recommended!

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