Mutiny Within is back with their new album Synchronicity that’s been in the making for a whole 2 years after they were dropped by Roadrunner Records owing to low album sales (piracy et al).
If you’ve heard their debut self-titled album, you already know how strong MW are technically. The band found their lead – Chris Clancy on YouTube doing some Luciano Pavarotti covers so he’s operatically trained. That’s a major plus because Clancy’s vocals really shine on Synchronicity.
The album starts off with Embers. This song’s been around as a single since their first tour. Embers has a very Killswitch Engage feel to it. Clancy’s vocals are clean and precise. You get pretty hooked to the chorus and the riffs are neat.
Songs like In My Veins and In A Moment seem present simply to fill the time gap that has resulted between the band’s debut album and this new release. They’re tiresome and excruciating plays and you want to skip right over after a single listen.
However, Fall To Pieces is where the album really picks up. What’s immediately evident is the lack of keyboards on this record. The keyboardist on the previous record, Drew Stavola left the band for other non- music pursuits. Clancy’s vocals and the genius that is bassist Andrew Jacobs have more than made up for the lack of keys by the powerful songwriting and meticulous timing.
Machines is easily the best track on the album and carries all of the original power that is associated with Mutiny Within. It’s one track that is simple, powerful melodic death and does no wrong whether it’s Clancy’s vocals or the mad shredding by Brandon Jacobs and Daniel Bage. Also, worth mentioning is how Bill Fore – the drummer performs like a wild beast throughout.
Clancy uses his vocal angst to perfection on Never and Become. Balance and Signs carry harsh vocals delivered with military precision. Also, the intro on Balance is a slow build to the madness that ensues. Bill Fore has a certain contained chaos in his drumming that is highlighted on Balance.
At this point you start to miss the power that was in MW’s debut album but can’t deny the technical perfection that has been achieved regardless of the lack of keys and complicated riffs.
Life to Dust has the best vocals, chorus and song structure. It promises to stay in your head long after you’ve heard the entire album. You could really place it in the same league as Machines and songs from their first record.
Signs is the weakest song here. It’s too slow and mediocre and the chorus seems like any other you’ve heard before. Thankfully, The Unsaid brings back the heaviness that you’d expect from a melodic death metal record. Fore’s drumming on The Unsaid is a knock out; add to that Clancy’s thunderous growl at the start and insane vocals. A fitting end to the record.
To sum it up, Synchronicity lacks the memorable riffage and symphony that was on MW’s debut but is saved by the vocals and Fore’s neat drumming. Some tracks are reminiscent of the old Mutiny and that balances it out. The band has definitely done better before.