Denver Colorado’s Immortal Synn believe that what is old is new again. Their 2nd release Machine Men filters much influence from NWOBHM bands and fuses it with party metal, not unlike Municipal Waste. Finally, the band incorporates technical thrash, not unlike something from Rust Never Sleeps and mixes it with some crushing grooves, not unlike something from Reinventing the Steel. The band’s intention is to fuse together familiar sounds to create something unique and contemporary and subjectively they did a bang up job of it.
Their 2nd release Machine Men tears the gate off the hinges with opening salvo “Liberty Rising.” Drummer Axel Barrios set’s the foundation with a thunderous marching snare motif while the guitarists Tony Z and Miquel Ruiz open up the track nicely with some tasteful and memorable guitarmonies. “Metal and Blood” is tongue in cheek but executed with more than enough skill to move the listener. The chorus vocal line of “Tonight heavy metal, supreme it will reign.” will linger in the listener’s head long after.
“Strength” is arguably the catchiest song from Machine Men. Immortal Synn have seemingly mastered the catchy mid tempo groove couple with exceptionally catchy vocal call and answer sections. They use this mastery to great effect on “Strength” “Dark of Dawn” rumbles along with a catchy groove with some interesting accents in the chorus section. There is an undeniable authenticity to Machine Men which goes a long way to support this collection of songs. “Novus Ordo Seclorum’s” insanely catchy opening motif gives way to a half time headbanging groove. There is no shortage of skill or jaw dropping riffs on this composition. The chorus features a gigantic vocal part which will surely stir the listener with its sheer grandiosity.
“Above the Law” features some operatic high register chorus vocals which are supplanted by frantic guitarmonies. “Fringes of Society” is a powerful tune with a strong message. The chorus of “I’ve made up my mind, we’ve all got to be free, to live our own lives” is one of the stronger lines penned by vocalist Chase McLellan. These ideals of freedom of choice and decision frequently reappear throughout the running time of Machine Men.
The album concludes with the stunning title track. Beautiful guitarmonies intertwine with McLellan’s most Axl Rose esque vocal parts. The lyrical content further supports the motifs of the protection of humanity, free will, and unity. Both guitarist’s Tony and Miquel save their best stuff for last with some barn burning guitar solos.
Immortal Synn have done an admirable job of fusing influence with their own touch. The sum of these parts is equally moving, fresh, and powerful.
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
For Fans Of: Muncipal Waste, April Wine, Guns n Roses, Iron Maiden, Mega Deth, Pantera
Favorite Tracks: Above the Law, Novus Ordo Seclorum, Liberty Rising.