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Sinergy - Suicide By My Side (8,5/10) - Finland - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 38:11
Band homepage: Sinergy


  1. I Spit On Your Grave
  2. The Sin Trade
  3. Violated
  4. Me, Myself, My Enemy
  5. Written In Stone
  6. Nowhere For No One
  7. Passage To The Fourth World
  8. Shadow Island
  9. Suicide By My Side
  10. Remembrance
Sinergy - Suicide By My Side
With a snotty sniefing of glanders "I Spit On Your Grave" kicks off the third album of the Finnish/American band SINERGY around Kimberly Goss, one of the few Metal-queens we still have. Her voice sounds rougher than before on "Suicide By My Side", but that Miss Goss also can sound truly bewitching is proved by the balladesque passages of "Written In Stone", which presents us with a really great chorus, but counts among the "softer" songs of this album.

The power-bar "Nowhere For No One" starts out with a nice Thrash-riff, which reminds me of ANNIHILATOR and then forms an up-tempo-breaker of highest calibre. Just as great are "The Sin Trade", "Violated", "Me, Myself, My Enemy", thundering out of your speakers, because this album has a fantastic, powerful production!

"Passage To The Fourth" then seems to be connected to "Return To The Fourth World" off their previous effort "To Hell And Back". One of the best songs here. Only "Shadow Island" won't really ignite with me. Here you'll find some NIGHTWISH-influences as well as gruff vocals by Alexi Laiho. A small drama for itself, where everybody plays a role, but somehow it sounds too confuse for me, I can't help it.

The title-track, too, is damn good, especially the brilliant guitar-work just grabs you (which is valid for the complete album). To close things off there is a calm instrumental, which is dedicated to all victims of the terrorist attacks from September 11th.

But my point of criticism would be: Why can't SINERGY finally manage to release an album that has a playing time of at least 45 minutes? If you subtract "Remembrance" (as if is rather an outro than a song), then you get a little more than 35 minutes. I had to pay 18 Euros...Half a point deduction!

Ralf Henn

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