Massive thanks to all the reviewers at powermetal.de for their “March Sound check”
All the pages reviewers review our album collectively and very positively. 😀
Here’s a google translate of the multiple reviews……..
For the second time, the Prog-Metallers will join our Soundcheck and, as with the predecessor “The Mechanism Of Consequence”, will also step up the podium in our March soundcheck with the current “Justify & Reason” silver band . Even though “only” third place for the British is in the final accounts, our group therapists are showing off by the bank enthusiastically and would have seen the record even further up. But read:
Second serve for the British Synapses, second ace! Yes, you could say, for which newcomer is already able to storm the debut and the successor of our monthly stock? The guys from SYNAPTIK from Norfolk, who with their second “Justify & Reason” once again show off in a playful way, yet also noticeably ripened, they can do it! In the supple, transparent, but at no time too sterile or even crushing sound, the five Englishmen spin a fine network of great hooks, concise choruses, demanding rhythms, dodecaphonic excerpts and ingratiating lead melodies; In addition, singer John Knight has once again significantly improved – as Jakob has correctly recognized in his single review – against the debut album of 2014. For instance, the anchors deliver a work that should inspire many of those who have a technical power thrash with a US hit and a progressive note, and bands like WATCHTOWER and NEVERMORE are among their favorites, especially as one or the other line of vocal can sometimes be more or less Less clearly after Warrel Dane sounds.
Note: 8,0 / 10
[ Rüdiger Stehle ]
The new SYNAPTIK album sounds more compact, more focused and less versatile than its predecessor. “Justify And Reason” combines modern heavy-, power- and thrash-metal-sound, brings a shaken amount of playing technique, without risking that the penetration force of the riffs could lose in progressive psychedelics. Wants to be the other way around: Metal as fuck, without remaining in the often heard; So there is no room for slouching. An ingenious album, which still goes full on the Twelve. For my taste, it could still be a little more progressive, even if I contradict my criticism to the predecessor, which sounded to me even too tiring. The big hits stay out here, But the album as such offers really good change – and no filling material.
Note: 7.5 / 10
[ Eike Schmitz ]
So I can not understand Eike’s desire for a little more progressiveness, because precisely this wonderful balancing act between complexity and input is for me the ausraffechenden characteristic, which makes “Justify & Reason” to such a strong album. Again and again, the British succeeds in balancing between massive riffs and captivating songwriting, which means that the catcher is very close behind THRESHOLD’s men. Musically, the parallels between the two bands are rather small, because the sound of SYNAPTIK is much more oriented on the American genre representatives like SYMPHONY X and NEVERMORE, with the similarity of the voices of John Knight and Warrel Dane jumping up the listener. The mixture is finally pimped with some unexpectedly modern Djent sounds, which are mainly found in the famous ‘White Circles’, for whose refrain obviously the last albums of the French proggers GOJIRA patented. Rounded off by a wonderful print production, the album makes for me personally one of the biggest surprises of the still young musical year, which definitely belongs to the shopping list of every fan of complex heavy metal!
Note: 9,0 / 10
[ Tobias Dahs ] Rounded off by a wonderful print production, the album makes for me personally one of the biggest surprises of the still young musical year, which definitely belongs to the shopping list of every fan of complex heavy metal! Note: 9,0 / 10 [ Tobias Dahs ] Rounded off by a wonderful print production, the album makes for me personally one of the biggest surprises of the still young musical year, which definitely belongs to the shopping list of every fan of complex heavy metal! Note: 9,0 / 10 [ Tobias Dahs ]
The names NEVERMORE and WATCHTOWER have already fallen, a heavy mortgage for an underground formation like SYNAPTIK. Can the British meet these high expectations? Yes, they can definitely. “Justify & Reason” is an overwhelming miracle of great caliber. I can not get enough of this sensational album. Already “The Mechanisms of Consequence” was a consciousness-expanding revelation three years ago, because the album made it clear as a lump of broth, that modern Progressive Metal can not be played only by MESHUGGAH-blessed riot brothers. With “Justify & Reason”, SYNAPTIK is now refining and stylistic refinement. In these few lines, such a sound monument can not be adequately described. In any case, I am completely plunged and awefully revered to Norfolk. For example, ‘White Circles’, a monster song with such complexity and sophistication, is so emotional and disturbing that I forget everything around me. Here every second is exciting, gripping and seductive; There is so much to discover that one is almost dizzy. It is hard to believe how the SYNAPTIKERs always let refined reminiscences of God combos like the ones mentioned at the outset, but also ANACRUSIS, VOYAGER or late PSYCHOTIC WALTZ into their own, agile and completely unloaded compositions, without the actually well-trained pattern recognition of my brain Alarm. The intense enjoyment of “Justify & Reason” confirms me 110% in the consolidation of my judgment: I regard SYNAPTIK as one of the artistically most important, because aesthetically valuable and disco-free bands of recent years.
Note: 9,5 / 10
[ Martin van der Laan ]