Album Review: SynaptiK – Justify & Reason


The sound of SynaptiK can be described as Heavy Metal with a strong emphasis on melodies, the heavy riffing and the very good performances. All of the songs here are well-performed and there are plenty of guitar solos enough to attract each and every guitar maniac out there.

Justify & Reason cover art“The Incredible Machine” is the first big moment out of Justify & Reason. This excellent Prog Metal slice grabbed my attention at once. It’s heavy, melodic, technical and with a catchy enough chorus line. What else do I ask? In “White Circles” the band delivers a mellower and more (modern) progressive metal hymn, while also showing its sensitive side. “Conscience” is yet another killer tune, with focus on riffs and perfect execution by singer John Knight. Extremely technical song with some brilliant guitar lines this song is the absolute highlight here. The variety of tempos is giving to the final result an extra flavor. The band is back to the Prog Metal territory with “Esc Ctrl,” a lead single off of the album and, arguably, the highlight of the record. With “A Man Dies” we have another killer and more up-tempo metal hymn that sticks in your mind. This one draws similarities with Fates Warning and Savatage.

For sure, this is another album that came out of nowhere and impressed me at once! It includes great, uplifting songs, and is definitely one of the albums to be considered for the yearend top lists.

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