Synthetica

Hate The World

Written by: PP on 15/07/2012 22:32:53

While we're on the topic of bands looking back in time into styles and sounds that have been buried long ago and are no longer relevant to the music scene, we might as well have a look at the Welsh rock bands Synthetica, whose sophomore album "Hate The World" will remind you of all the reasons why nu-metal died a slow and painful death, even if it does have a few glimpses of something more interesting every once in a while.

Basically, this group combines the borderline idiotic rap metal of Limp Bizkit and the scratchy but accessible choruses of early Linkin Park together with an industrial and electronically embedded soundscape. On one song, they'll sound just like Fred Durst & co, and the next they'll be referencing Nine Inch Nails and koRn material. The style bounces between the industrially oriented pounding of the latter two and the rapcore at will, with electronic effects plastered all over the place, possibly to lure in the crowds from those genres, though with little success.

One only needs to listen to the god-awful rapcore song "Ugly Girls" to place a question mark on how on earth these guys are a) signed and b) on their second record? Allow me to cite: "Last time I went with an ugly girl, her face was enough to make me hell(?), ugly girls say no let's go, they all fuck like a dirty whore". The hip-hop on "Last Chance" isn't any better: in fact I associate the song with annoying more than any positive feature.

If all that wasn't enough then the band also rips off Pendulum on "Saturday Blatterday" with a groovy guitar/drum'n'bass combo that sounds exactly like said band's early material. Plagiarism, yeah, that was always endemic within nu-metal in the first place.

What it boils down to is this: if you found shit like Puddle of Mud or Kid Rock as quality music, then go ahead and check this album out, it's about on the same level of intelligence. The songs are worse and, as mentioned before, in many cases awful. Avoid.

3

Download: Ugly Girls
For the fans of: Limp Bizkit, koRn, Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park
Listen: Soundcloud

Release date 24.02.2012
HabitFormed Records

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