Dec 052012

(NCS writer Andy Synn pauses after the 30th installment of THE SYNN REPORT to take a look back at the first two years of the series.)

Ok, so we’ve now had 30 ‘official’ entries in The Synn Report. I hope that a good number of you have discovered new bands and gone out and shown your support for them, buying music, merch, gig tickets, etc.

I thought, since the year (and the world!!!) is coming to an end, it might be a good time to provide a quick one-stop summation of all the previous entries, for those of you who maybe missed a couple, or for new devotees of the site who have yet to encounter the earlier editions and the bands contained therein.

Did you know that the genesis for The Synn Report was not entirely down to me? There’s a post that I consider ‘The Synn Report: Year Zero” which was written by Islander himself, in response to my recommendation of a particular band. That post is included here, as I think it’s an important foundation stone in the genesis of The Synn Report, and because I think the band in question are utterly phenomenal.

So there we go, after the jump there’s a tiny entry on each band from each edition of The Synn Report, with a short genre description and a re-iteration of the “Recommended for fans of:” section. Which ones did you miss? Which ones should you give another shot to? Click each one to be linked to the appropriate article, where you’ll find the full write-ups and sample songs from each release!

 

THE SYNN REPORT: YEAR ZERO – MARTRIDEN

Genre: Progressive black metal

Recommended for fans of: Emperor, Enslaved, Opeth

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 1: ASTARTE

Genre: Blackened death metal

Recommended for fans of: BehemothGod DethronedRotting Christ

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 2: THE GREAT DECEIVER

Genre: Dark post-hardcore

Recommended for fans of: Vision Of DisorderThe Haunted, Cult Of Luna

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 3: EXTOL

Genre: Preogressive death metal

Recommended for fans of: Obscura, Cynic, Decrepit Birth

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 4: TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED

Genre: Death metal

Recommended for fans of: Misery IndexJob For A CowboyDecapitated

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 5: ISKALD

Genre: Black metal

Recommended for fans of: Old Man’s ChildImmortalDissection

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 6: HACRIDE

Genre: Proggy post-metal

Recommended for fans of: GojiraThe OceanMastodon

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 7: MYRKSKOG

Genre: Industrial death metal

Recommended for fans of: Morbid AngelZyklonHate Eternal

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 8: THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT

Genre: Avant-garde symphonic death metal

Recommended for fans of: Septic FleshBelphegorNile

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 9: OCEANS OF SADNESS

Genre: Proggy melodic metal

Recommended for fans of: Sentenced, Edge of Sanity, Omnium Gatherum

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 10: BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE

Genre: Progressive death metal-core

Recommended for fans of: ExtolEdge Of SanityBorknagar

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 11: THE AXIS OF PERDITION

Genre: Industrial black metal

Recommended for fans of: Anaal NathrakhBlut Aus NordAborym

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 12: THE WARRIORS

Genre: Hardcore

Recommended for fans of: Earth Crisis, Walls Of JerichoSick Of It All

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 13: ELITE

Genre: Black metal

Recommended for fans of: ImmortalEnslavedVreid

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 14: INSISION

Genre: Brutal death metal

Recommended for fans of: DecapitatedMorbid AngelCryptopsy

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 15: LUDICRA

Genre: Progressive black metal

Recommended for fans of: EnslavedAgallochMastodon

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 16: COMMUNIC

Genre: Prog-metal

Recommended for fans of: NevermoreBelieverMercenary

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 17: LIGHT THIS CITY

Genre: Melodic death metal

Recommended for fans of: Darkest HourThe Black Dahlia MurderNightrage

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 18: EMETH

Genre: Brutal death metal

Recommended for fans of: AbortedBlood Red ThroneDecapitated

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 19: WAR OF AGES

Genre: Metalcore

Recommended for fans of: UnearthNightrageProtest The Hero

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 20: AVERSE SEFIRA

Genre: Technical black metal

Recommended for fans of: BelphegorSecrets Of The Moon1349

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 21: BENEA REACH

Genre: Aggressive post-metal

Recommended for fans of: MeshuggahExtolIsis

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 22: VESANIA

Genre: Symphonic blackened death metal

Recommended for fans of: EmperorZyklonBehemoth

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 23: V. A. S. T.

Genre: Progressive, industrial world-music rock/metal

Recommended for fans of: Nine Inch NailsSolstafirAnathema

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 24: DEVIAN

Genre: Blackened death-thrash

Recommended for fans of: WitcheryBelphegorHypocrisy

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 25: THUS DEFILED

Genre: Occult, hrashy black metal

Recommended for fans of: DissectionImmortalAbsu

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 26: CROCELL

Genre: Death metal

Recommended for fans of: Amon AmarthGod DethronedBloodbath

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 27: NAHEMAH

Genre: Prog metal

Recommended for fans of: The OceanSwallow The SunBorknagar

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 28: ANATA

Genre: Technical death metal

Recommended for fans of: Gorod, Nile, Necrophagist

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 29: AGRYPNIE

Genre: Aggressive post-black metal

Recommended for fans of: AgallochDark TranquillityEnslaved

 

THE SYNN REPORT, PART 30: ANTESTOR

Genre: Melancholic/Melodic black metal

Recommended for fans of: Cormorant, (early) Dimmu BorgirEdge of Sanity

12 Responses to “THE SYNN REPORT – A 30TH ANNIVERSARY ROUND-UP”

  1. BMF says:

    Andy, thanks for all the great suggestions you’ve provided through this series!

  2. Omsie says:

    As someone who’s still new to NCS, this is amazing! Thank you.
    I sure have my work cut out for me though… A lot of these bands sound very appealing, based on the comparisons to other bands. The only one that I’m familiar with is Antestor, thanks to the last Synn report (And it was a solid recommendation).

    • Andy Synn says:

      Well, prepare to kiss goodbye to a healthy bank balance…

      Still, hopefully you’ll find lots to enjoy!

      Spread the word

      • Omsie says:

        Well, you’re 2/2 so far… Just checked out Martriden (how could I pass up a comparison to two of my all-time favorite bands!). I think I’m in love…

        Did you know that they’re in the final stages of a new record? FB post from Nov. 11: “Not sure of the exact timeline yet, we’re pretty much done tracking and recording just have to wait for mixing and mastering.”

  3. JC says:

    In Ludicra news, just this past week, the band started posting their back catalog up for pay-as-you-want downloads on Bandcamp:

    http://ludicraofficial.bandcamp.com/

    The downloads have all kinds of extras, including the CD booklets, promo materials, T-shirt designs !?), and even videos. This is good news for those of us who were starting to contemplate doing horrible things to get hold of “Hollow Psalms.”

    Horrible, horrible things.

    • Andy Synn says:

      I can’t remember where I got my copy from. I do have it in physical form though. Just not sure of its origins at this moment in time.

      I want a tshirt.

  4. SurgicalBrute says:

    Andy..as someone whose tastes dont always intersect with yours…youve done a great job writing far more articles than I ever could ;)

  5. Ben says:

    Thank you for the writing on some great bands that definitely deserve more attention. A majority I’ve heard of in some form or listen to, but it’s always great to hear other thoughts about their music. Great associations when it comes to similar artists as well, pretty spot on every time. Stay metal Andy!

    • Andy Synn says:

      Aw… if you’ve heard of the majority of these then I’m going to have to step my game up!

      (Disclaimer: The Synn Report isn’t necessarily about “obscure” bands, just bands I think deserve more attention. So it’s basically just an elaborate excuse for me to write about my biased opinions)

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