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Old January 12th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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# PER CHI ASCOLTA: Extreme Metal.

Cosa volete che vi dica di una band che ho scoperto io navigando semplicemente sul web e consigliandola al patron dell’Aural Music? Per me sono semplicemente straordinari, tuttavia cercherò di evidenziarvi luci e ombre di questo cd, che, uscito originariamente per la Phoenix Showcase Entertainment ad inizio 2009, la sempre attenta Aural Music rilascia per il mercato europeo, tra l’altro con 4 bonus tracks. L’attacco è affidata a “To the Fiendz”, arrembante song in cui ritroviamo tutti gli elementi cardine che costituiscono il “Sicmonic” sound: ritmiche devastanti ma iper-melodiche, continui cambi di tempo, vocals pulite e growl, sprazzi di follia, per quella che è la mia song preferita. La successiva “Till the Morning Light” mostra il lato più alternative e tribale della band statunitense, con influenze derivanti dagli Ill Nino e dai System of a Down, ma partendo da queste sonorità i nostri espandono il concetto di musica alternativa, costruendo una canzone fenomenale, una sorta di ballad estrema, con la calda voce di Taylor Hession, vero punto di forza del combo di Phoenix, a sbraitare come un pazzo nel microfono; da panico poi le linee di chitarra cosi malinconiche e stracariche di pathos.. Ribadisco, sono geniali e anche la title track conferma queste mie parole pur mostrando un’attitudine un po’ più post hardcore, cosi come la successiva “Illumination”, selvaggia e brutale song dal mood apocalittico, una cavalcata verso le viscere della terra. Solo ascoltando “Somnambulist” potrete capire di che cosa stia parlando e quali emozioni sia in grado di sprigionare questo disco: era da tanto, forse dai tempi di “Toxicity” dei SOAD, che non sentivo qualcosa di così avvincente in questo ambito. Magari ci possono essere cose che faranno storcere il naso ai puristi della musica estrema, tipo le vocals al limite del rap in qualche pezzo, ma vi garantisco che di violenza qui ne troverete più che in un disco brutal death, solo che la cosa splendida è che non si tratta di violenza fine a sé stessa, ma di furia controllata, grazie ad ariose aperture melodiche o all’utilizzo del violino (si avete capito bene, un violino che suona questo genere!) che svolge un ruolo cardine in “Just How Far Down Do You Want to Go?” o nel folle finale affidato a “Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Forse vi verrà il diabete ascoltando “Requiem”, ma dopo l’assalto delle prime tracce, vi garantisco che un attimo di tregua, seppur smelenso, ma dotato di grande tensione emotiva, ci sta tutto, poi la voce di Taylor su quell’arpeggio, che delizia... Giusto il tempo di una boccata d’ossigeno e i nostri tornano a spaccarci le ossa con un’altra serie di songs, magari non tanto brillanti quanto le prime, ma che comunque si dimostrano interessanti, per quel loro connubio tra extreme music e quantità di groove industriali. Per ciò che concerne le bonus tracks si tratta in realtà di 4 brani estrapolati dall’album di debutto dell’act dell’Arizona, “Look to the Skies”, che comunque mostrano il lato più hardcore del five pieces. I Sicmonic sono una vera forza della natura, ricchi di talento e idee brillanti, provare per credere! (Francesco Scarci)

# COSA FUNZIONA: idee geniali per un disco geniale a cavallo tra death/hardcore e alternative. Per molti ma non per tutti…
# COSA SERVE: che compriate questo disco!
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Jos Yhdysvaltoja kutsutaan kulttuurien salaattikulhoksi, niin jenkkibändi (Sic)monic voisi olla musiikkityylien sosekeitto. Pohjalle voi ajatella pomppumetallin, joka tekee tuttavuutta niin raskaamman riffittelyn, etnisten vaikutteiden, popahtavien melodioiden kuin puhelaulunkin kanssa sauvasekoittimen toimiessa sinunkauppojen takuumiehenä. Somnambulist on siis monenkirjava soppa. Kenties sopan rakenne on kuitenkin vielä tällä erää turhan vetelä ja sen maku vetinen.

Tämä johtuu paljolti siitä, että vaikutteet eivät yhdistettynä luo mitään (Sic)monicin omaa, vaan pikemminkin levy tuntuu liian poukkoilevalta. Requiem on nimensä mukaisesti rauhallisen kaunis kappale, jonka perään Oxygenin junnaava aloitusriffi asetellaan vähemmän kauniisti vasaralla. (Sic)monic on tyypillinen esimerkki yhtyeestä, joka yrittää liikaa olla raskas ja monipuolinen. Raskas Somnambulist kyllä on, mutta ainoastaan kuuntelukokemuksena. Levyn monipuolisuus menee puolestaan siinä määrin yli, että sen kuuntelu tuntuu vähän samalta kuin lukisi kirjaa, joka koostuu keskeneräisistä lauseista. Viimeistään siinä vaiheessa, kun Just How Far Down Do You Want to Go tuo mukaan vielä viulun vingutusta, alkaa levyn sekasotkuisuus ärsyttää. Acidic Epiphaniesin pseudojazzit puolestaan varmistavat sen, että levyn bonusraitoja ei jaksa koskaan kuunnella samalta istumalta.

(Sic)monic on vähän kuin yhdistelmä System of a Downia, Linkin Parkia ja jotain deathcore-bändiä. I löytyy hyviä yksittäisiä riffejä ja komeita melodioita, mutta kokonaisuutena levy ei toden totta sytytä. Ongelma ei ole edes yltiöpäisessä monipuolisuudessa, vaan siinä, että (Sic)monicin moninainen makumaailma on esanssinen. Bändin auktoriteetti ei riitä näin monipuolisen materiaalin käskemiseen, saati sen myymiseen kuuntelijalle.
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(SIC)MONIC - Somnambulist New Metal
Label/Kontakt: Aural Music
15 Songs (74:39)
Webseite: www.sicmonic.com

(SIC)MONIC sind eine fünfköpfige Truppe aus Arizona, die schlicht gesagt mit allen Wassern gewaschen ist. Sie sind nicht nur professionell und agil an ihren Instrumenten zu Werke, sondern auch ganz offensichtlich äußerst aufgeschlossene und experimentierfreudige Metalfans. Auf jeden Fall sind es keine Schlafmützen, die nachts umherlaufen und am nächsten Morgen nichts davon wissen. Was sich unter dem Dach ihres Debütalbums "Somnambulist" zusammenfindet, ist eine ziemlich aufregende Mischung diverser Metalspielarten und anderer Einflüsse. Ursprünglich schon 2009 in Eigenregie veröffentlicht wurde es vom italienischen Label Aural Music nun neu aufgelegt und gleich noch mit vier zusätzlichen Songs vollgepackt.

Der Einstieg ins Album mit "To The Fiendz..." ist zunächst energisch, Doublebass, Blasts, Screams und mechanische Riffs ebnen sich den Weg. Doch schon bald kommt die melodische Nachhut ins Spiel, "Till The Morning Light" schlägt versöhnlichere, harmonische Töne mit Akustikklängen und Percussion an. Gerade die oft weiten Melodiebögen und stimmungsvollen Momente, auf die (SIC)MONIC in ihren Songs hinarbeiten, prägen das gesamte Album und den Stil der Band. "Illumination" und "Of Blood And Grace" stehen exemplarisch für den Wechsel zwischen ruhigeren, intensiveren Parts und heftig stampfenden Ausreißern.
Die Hauptstoßrichtung ist natürlich Metal, angereichert durch Elemente aus Thrash und Nu Metal und Anleihen aus dem progressiven Sektor. Eine sehr moderne Mixtur, die zudem noch durch Alternative-Klänge und hörbare Folk-Einflüsse bereichert wird. Wenn sich Songs wie "Just How Far Down Do You Want To Go?" mit seinem schnellen Sprechgesang, der Thrashbrecher "Acidic Epiphanies", "Requiem" mit seinem Volksliedcharakter oder das folkrockige "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" auf einem gemeinsamen Album wiederfinden, dann klingt das beinahe wie eine Massenkarambolage mit P.O.D., NONPOINT und SKYCLAD.

(SIC)MONIC gelingt es, in diese Stilvielfalt Konsistenz und Kontinuität hineinzubringen, so dass man als Hörer letztendlich nicht mit einem wirren Wust musikalischer Zitate überfordert wird. "Somnambulist" ist keines dieser pseudomodernen Werke, die unterm Strich nur auf Hochglanz poliertes Altsilber sind, sondern beweist mit eigener Note Frische, Vielseitigkeit, Versiertheit – und ist einfach anders.

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Was die aus Phoenix, Arizona stammenden (SIC)MONIC auf ihrem ersten regulär veröffentlichten Longplayer treiben, ist starker Tobak und verlangt dem geneigten Hörer einiges an Aufgeschlossenheit und Durchhaltewillen ab. Nachdem das Debüt noch in Eigenregie der Band erschienen ist, legt das italienische Aural Music das Zweitwerk „Somnambulist“ vor. Auf diesem präsentieren sich die Amerikaner konsequent unangepasst und bestrebt, existente und eingebildete Stilgrenzen niederzureißen und einen ungewöhnlichen, krassen Crossover-Sound zu erschaffen. Zwischen Hardcore, Metalcore, Deathcore, Death Metal, Prog, Technik-Gefrickel, Alternative, Jazz Fusion und was-auch-immer bietet die Platte ein unglaubliches breites Feld an Einflüssen. Per se ist das nicht schlimm, doch muss eine Band, die derart wirbelt, Orientierung schaffen, indem sie ihre Songs nachvollziehbar entwickelt und die Hörer bei Laune hält. (SIC)MONIC versuchen das, indem sie immer wieder clean besungene Refrain-Parts einstreuen. Dazwischen wirbeln die Musiker, was das Zeug hält, drehen richtig ab und brennen ein extrem kleinteiliges Zitat-Feuerwerk ab. Was fehlt, ist der rote Faden und die Beantwortung der Frage nach dem warum. Es reicht nicht aus, alles zu zerhacken und neu zusammen zu setzen, weil man es kann. Und wenn schon, muss der Sound fließen. Trotz der verträglichen Momente ist „Somnambulist“ zu zerfahren und hörerunfreundlich, um als gelungen gewertet zu werden.
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ALTER SIDE TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2009:

1(Sic)monic - Somnambulist
2 Hurt - Goodbye to the Machine
3 Billy Talent - Billy Talent III
4 Pillar - Confessions
5 Dead by Sunrise - Out Of Ashes
6 Skillet - Awake
7 Dope - No Regrets
8 Chimaira - The Infection
9 Powerwolf - Bible Of The Beast
10 Nural - Entitlement
11 Default - Comes And Goes
12 Decyfer Down - Crash
13 Red - Innocence And Instinct
14 Breaking Benjamin - Dear Agony
15 Renegade Five - Undergrounded Universe
16 Sick Puppies - Tri-Pola
17 I-Exist - Within Imagination
18 Cage9 - Survival Plan
19 The Veer Union - Against the Grain
20 Muse - The Resistance
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The Album

(Sic)Monic, a band from Phoenix, Arizona, consists of well-learned musicians. They are familiar with a lot of different genres and they are proud to let their music be influenced by all these styles. Mainly you could describe it as progressive death metal, but there are too many links to fusion, jazz, heavy metal and melodic hardcore to categorise them under only one genre. The songs are built in layers, which you can hear if you listen to the album a few times. As seen on YouTube, (Sic)Monic don’t just stand there and play, they really get the most out of their stage performance.

The first song is a rapid, tempo-switching and technical song; the next one is more clean and mid-tempo. These two songs set the line for how the tracks follow each other. But instead of repeating themselves, the band brings originality in each song. They even have the guts to put some monster ballads on the album (Requiem, Paradiseum). The songs that most appealed to me were the opening track "To the Friendz…" and "Illumination".

They close their album with a perfect mix of all of their technical skills showed in previous songs.

Afterwards, the listener is treated to four bonus tracks which stay in the same area as the music heard earlier. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" finishes ‘Somnambulist’ with a happy country tune mixed with the metal (Sic)Monic has brought us for over 75 minutes.

Give the album enough attention and really get to know the songs. At the first hearing, it will sound like difficult music, but this five-headed band made a great album.


Conclusion

(Sic)Monic brought metal to a new dimension. With their skilled musicians, they are ready to continue in this line and upgrade Heavy Metal to a new genre.


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Band: [Sic]monic
Album: Somnambulist
Genre: Experimental, Melodic Metal, Progressive
Label: Aural Music
Bewertung: 4 von 7
Releasedatum: 26.02.10

"Progressive für Reingefallene"

In der modernen Metalwelt kann man, trotz immer wiederkehrender Beteuerungen dass alles schon gesagt wurde, so manche Überraschung erleben. Leider kann diese Offenbarung positiv wie auch negativ sein wie z.B. ein vermeintlicher Fortschritt, der gar keiner ist. Auf der MySpace-Site von [SIC]MONIC findet man haufenweise Beteuerungen darüber dass diese Band WIRKLICH bahnbrechend und neu ist und ganz bestimmt Dinge macht, die noch nie von irgendjemandem je gemacht wurden, der irgendwann mal eine Gitarre angefasst hat. Solche Abgrenzungsmittel gehören mittlerweile ja schon zur Standardrhetorik einer Promo, mit der man sich gerne von einer Unmenge zeitgleich erscheinender Bands abgrenzen möchte, denn die Konkurrenz schläft ja nicht. Die Frage ist nur, ob die Musik bei so einer exzentrischen Selbstpositionierung auch mitziehen möchte.

Das Album beginnt mit der einleitenden Walze „To The Fiendz“, die ein ansehnliches Repertoire für wildes Rumgepoge und Sanitätseinsatz im Mosh Pit bietet. Schöne Blasts wechseln sich ab mit groovigen Mid-Tempo-Parts und ebenso abwechslungsreich zeigt sich der Gesang, bei dem mir komischerweise Assoziationen mit MUDVAYNE und STAIND in den Sinn kommen. Soweit so gut, aber wo ist die versprochene Innovation? Hört man die ersten paar Lieder durch findet man leider nichts was man nicht in irgendeiner Form schon irgendwo anders gehört hätte. Der Spagat zwischen Shouts, Growls, klarem Gesang und stellenweise Rapeinlagen wird souverän gemeistert, aber die wirklich eigene Note bleibt auf der Strecke. Man hört bei der Band, dass jeder sein Handwerk versteht, aber das Runterbeten von stilübergreifenden Standards wirkt etwas zu ausgelutscht. Das Potential ist vorhanden, daran kann kein Zweifel bestehen, aber auch ebenso wenig an der Tatsache, dass die ganze Musik über eine brave Metalcollage nicht hinausgeht und uns mal wieder Altbewährtes als musikalische Revolution verkaufen möchte. Ein paar nette Ideen sind vorhanden, aber leider zeigt das Quintett aus Phoenix ein schon dramatisch anmutendes Talent darin schöne Einfälle in die denkbar schlechtesten Passagen einzuschieben. Man hat den Eindruck, dass überall wo die Ideen nicht mehr reichen Gesang rein gepackt wird, wodurch leider so mancher Song einfach überladen wird und die Vocals jegliche eigene Note verlieren. Sänger Taylor Hession hat definitiv seinen Ton gefunden, aber leider wirkt jedes Abweichen vom selbigen wie ein Geständnis unter Erpressung. Dramatischer Tiefpunkt ist die Ballade „Requiem“, die stellenweise an übelsten Popausguss im Sinne von CHRISTINA AGUILERA erinnert. Hat da jemand beim Popstars-Casting etwa die falsche Tür erwischt? Beim nächsten Tränencanyon „Paradiseum“ möchte man es fast glauben. Ein Lied, so hinreißend, dass man gerne dem Albumtitel alle Ehre machen und aus dem Raum schlafwandeln möchte. Zudem erinnert die Hookline erschreckenderweise an eine äußerst misslungene Waschmittelwerbung, die den hypnotischen Gesang für skrupellose unterschwellige Kaufaufforderungen nutzen möchte. Der Song „Acidic Epiphanies“ führt leider alles vor, was es an der Band zu loben und auch zu tadeln gibt. Am Anfang des Stückes gibt es ordentlich was auf die Zwölf, was jedoch ein jähes Ende mit dem Einsatz des Gesangs durch ein melodisches „Aaaaah...“ nimmt. Der jazzige Zwischenteil erstaunt einen ein wenig, aber nach so viel Innovation braucht es erstmal wieder massenweise Standardparts ohne Wiedererkennungswert um erstmal wieder runter zu kommen. Als Bonus gibt es sogar eine Coverversion von PRIMUS „The Devil Went Down To Georgia“, die leider auch nur beweist, dass manche Bands nicht coverbar sind, wenn die Covernden nicht ihre ganze Existenz auf dieses Unterfangen ausrichten.

Zum Schluss kann man sagen, dass [SIC]MONICs „Somnambulist“ beim besten Willen keine Neuerfindung des Rades darstellt, aber wohl gut jemanden bedienen könnte, der beim Hören progressiver Musik nicht zu viel riskieren möchte. Somit ist das Album ein gutes Einstiegsset für Metal modernerer Prägung, aber mehr auch nicht.

Trackliste:
01. To the Fiendz
02. Till the Morning Light
03. Somnambulist
04. Illumination
05. Of Blood and Grace
06. Requiem
07. Oxygen
08. No Conscience
09. Just How Far Down Do You Want to Go_
10. Paradiseum
11. Acidic Epiphanies
12. Fist to Throat (BONUS)
13. Seven Inches Deep (BONUS)
14. Hypnotic (BONUS)
15. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (BONUS) Spielzeit: 01:14:39

Line-Up:
Taylor Hession – Vocals
Robert Warren – Guitar
Ray Goodwin – Guitar/Violin
Jason Williams – Bass
Douglas Berry – Drums

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Artist: (Sic)monic
Title: Somnambulist
Type: Album
Label: Aural Music

It is evident from listening to “Somnambulist” that (Sic)monic have no set formula. To say that it is Modern Metal would not be wholly untrue but it wouldn’t do it justice either. There are elements of Rock, Death and Classic Metal, Hardcore in, at times, an avant-garde and almost surreal framework. Such an approach can add interest but if not worked properly, can also lead to frustrating disjointedness.
The first track “”To the Fiendz” certainly made me sit up. Here the band play a piece of lively, Modern Death-orientated Metal with the unexpected refrain of the children’s rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. Do they do the gestures in amongst all the violence and headbanging, I wonder? It’s followed by “Till the Morning Light” which also has an interesting blend. It starts like Breed 77 with a sunny Mediterranean Metal sound before mixing into a simultaneously harsher and soulful element. Heaviness follows with “Somnambulist” and “Illumination”. The fast, furious and chaotic Technical Death Metal sound of the former complements the impressive blastbeat-ridden tones of the latter. “Illumination” is at its core a Classic Metal track. The clean vocals were uninspiring and spoilt it for me. “Of Blood and Grace” is a Metal ballad with dual clean/death vocals. There’s a strong background sound which is matched by some ballsy screams, as the track descends into chaos. With feelingful singing and even stronger and tightly controlled guitar work, this is (Sic)monic at their best.
Unfortunately the next two tracks are awful. “”Requiem” is an anaemic Rock ballad. “Oxygen” has a touch of Phil Collins about it. It goes nowhere. In fact there’s more atmosphere on a Phil Collins track. “No Conscience” takes us back to punchy Death / Hardcore. The structure, in common with other parts of the album, is more like an extract from a Rock Opera. The chanted lyrics are all over the place. I was beginning to lose hope but “Just How Far Down do You Want to Go” restored my faith. Although I thought I was listening to the Corrs for a moment, the hard-working violin mix well with the dynamic vocals and exotic sound of Breed 77 again, and make for an interesting and engaging track. And then “Paradiseum” – oh dear, an utterly tedious slow number. “Acidic Epiphanies” signals a complete change of direction. Clean Metal melody meets Metal growls, something like Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate and the like. Then it slows down eerily, the vocalist sounds like the guy from Riverside. The atmosphere is Progressive but with a strong element of Death Metal. This leads into “bonus track” (I don’t get how this is a bonus as opposed to a standard track) “Fist to Throat”, notable for its fast and unusual delivery. The Rock Opera style combines with Death Metal. It then slows down and descends into emotional and atmospheric darkness before a further trip into chaos and Death Metal anarchy. A lot is packed into 3 minutes 40 seconds. “Fist to Throat” is excellent. When (Sic)monic do it well, they do it well. The trouble is that you don’t know what you’re going to get next. In this case, it’s “Seven Inches Deep”, a fusion of the versatile vocalist’s Progressive outpourings with Death Metal brutality and aggression. On “Hypnotic”, plaintive vocals accompany a mix of Death Metal and bog standard Metal. The upshot is that it doesn’t achieve the level of drama which I guess was intended. Then finally another “bonus track” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” surprises us with frantic fiddling. It’s an enjoyable piece of Metal do-si-do, basically.
So, did “Somnambulist” win me over? Although there was a lot of it that I liked, I can’t say that it did. Over the 75 minutes the disparity between tracks, some of which were downright tedious, did it no favours at all. When the band were going full on and mixing it all up, it was fine and there were many interesting twists. It was just too disjointed to be satisfying.

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SOMNAMBULIST

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Phoenix, Arizona – fünf Männer aus dem Landkreis markieren ihr Territorium mit einem Release, das sich gewaschen hat.

Mit sehr viel Herzblut, Professionalität und Flexibilität schufen sie das Mach(t)werk SOMNAMBULIST, welches 2009 über Aural Music veröffentlicht wurde. Jetzt, mit zusätzlich 4 Songs, wurde das baby aufgepimpt und erneut veröffentlicht.

Ich sage euch, es ist purer Hörgenuss.

Beim Songwriting geizt man nicht mit Experimenten und Effekten, um sich aus einer Massen herauszuheben. Dazu hat man Charme und eigenen Stil entwickelt. Die Jungs scheinen weltoffen und verstehen es, die unterschiedlichsten Styles miteinander zu vereinen.

Schon der Opener „To The Friendz“ ist ein gnadenloser Kieferbrecher. Wir spüren 5000 V Energie, Doublebass Salven und brazige Riffs mit fiesen Schreivox. Astrein!!! Im großen und ganzen geht das Album in diese aggressive Richtung, ABER:

Da kommt noch so viel mehr.

Auf der einen Seite wild und schnell – auf der anderen melodisch und eingängig. Es gibt Percussionpassagen und akustisches Gitarrenspiel. Manchmal ist die Musik ruhig, um dann wieder passend dazu zu explodieren. Eine genaue Katalogisierung des Bandstiles ist nicht auszumachen. Wir befinden uns im nirgendwo und überall zwischen Metal, Thrash, Deathcore und Progfolk. Dabei zeigt man sich gerne psychedelisch abgedreht. Ob ich auch so eine Pille haben kann?

Nicht täglich hört man so massiven Sound.

Definitiv ist die Band ANDERS als das ANDERE und punktet in vielerlei Hinsicht.

Was ich hier sage? Klare 8,5 von 10 Himmelspforten!
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http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/image.php?type=eed1&id=15730Richard G.: Wait a minute, wait a minute, am I hearing this correctly? On just this one album we are confronted with melodic death metal(core), theatrical doom (Candlemass), bombastic prog (Dream Theater), free-flowing jazz, pop sensibilities, catchy groove metal, rap/hiphop vocals (Aerosmith/nu metal), brawny growls and Americana banjo’s and violins. Surely if you look up the word ‘chaotic’ in an (audio)dictionary you will find a sample of (Sic)monic’s new album ‘Somnambulist’.

In seventy-five minutes and fifteen songs all of the influences mentioned above (plus all the ones that I forgot) are there. These Americans truly go into all directions all at once. Fortunately, because each song contains just a subset of the styles mentioned, each individual track is graspable. However, when you try to place and understand them in the context of the entire record it is hard to believe that all of this is contained on the same silver disc. People who think Between The Buried And Me is incoherent will definitely not know what to do think of (Sic)monic. Whether this is brilliant or absolutely crazy, I haven’t decided yet. Their originality and innovation, however, most certainly generates a fair amount of bonus points.

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Crossover totale per il debutto dei Sicmonic, band proveniente da Phoenix, Arizona, Stati Uniti d’America, la fucina del sound contaminato.
In questo “Somnambulist” di carne al fuoco ce n’è tanta, troppa forse, viene quasi un’indigestione, dalla quale si viene salvati solo dalla enorme bravura dello chef, che sa come amalgamare gli ingredienti, dosarli, in una parola ‘accarezzarli’, per creare un piatto unico, dove ogni sapore, anche i più diversi, esalta quello degli altri.
Non mi mi viene in mente un genere o un’influenza che non abbia ascoltato lungo le 15 tracce di questo disco. Prendete “Illumination”, un pezzo lungo sette minuti e mezzo che dopo un attacco alla Phil Collins passa al death metal con vocals in brutalissimo growl, prima di virare su un sound metalcore dove un groove imbevuto di melodia la fa da padrone, e dove il singer si esibisce anche in un ottimo screaming. Questo solo per citare le influenze più evidenti.
Till The Morning Light” è tra gli Ill Nino e i Nonpoint di “Development”. La title-track tributa i System Of A Down.
Of Blood And Grace” è un altro pezzo da urlo, ricco di pathos, di sottile tensione sempre pronta ad esplodere, un pezzo intenso, variegato, sfaccettato, dove i vibes di chitarra sono soffusi, liquidi, dilatati, talvolta in bilico tra derive progressive e umori fusion, rotti da un bridge che somiglia tanto al black metal, con tanto di evil screaming, prima del mostruoso finale.
Non mancano momenti più intimisti ed emozionali, e parlo della bellissima “Requiem” che, datemi pure del pazzo, potrebbe essere una power ballad acustica di bands come Sonata Arctica o Stratovarius, oppure l’altrettanto bella “Paradiseum”, una canzone intensa, struggente, malinconica, da brividi lungo la schiena.
Ovviamente la band sa dosare bene potenza e melodia, coem avviene in pezzi come “Oxygen” oppure “No Coscience”, dove il sound, tralasciando i momenti più melodici, è riferibile al post/mathcore di matrice americana, tuttavia valorizzato da un singer che quando vuole sa emulare al meglio Elias Soriano dei Nonpoint o Serj Tankian dei System Of A Down.
Il disco si chiude con “Acid Epiphanies”, un po’ la summa del sound della band.
Poi ci sono le quattro bonus-track, nelle quali la band trova ancora il modo di stupire. “Fist To Throat” è ancora grande crossover mentre “Seven Inches Of Blood” è capace di spararti una tirata black metal con su un growl death metal nel bel mezzo di due parti melodiche. In “Hypnotic” sembra che Ice Cube si metta a rappare su un pezzo metalcore, mentre la conclusiva “Devil Went Down To Georgia” è country/rapcore, roba da gente fuori di melone!
I Sicmonic hanno un talento immenso, sanno scrivere grandi canzoni, hanno feeling, e devono essere assolutamente vostri!


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grande rece Luigi, grazie mille!

PS: questa è per tutti quelli che mi stanno bollando i Sicmonic come una insulsa band new-metal, senza aver probabilmente neanche ascoltato il disco...
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(Sic)Monic, a band from Phoenix, Arizona, consists of well-learned musicians. They are familiar with a lot of different genres and they are proud to let their music be influenced by all these styles. Mainly you could describe it as progressive death metal, but there are too many links to fusion, jazz, heavy metal and melodic hardcore to categorise them under only one genre. The songs are built in layers, which you can hear if you listen to the album a few times. As seen on YouTube, (Sic)Monic don’t just stand there and play, they really get the most out of their stage performance.

The first song is a rapid, tempo-switching and technical song; the next one is more clean and mid-tempo. These two songs set the line for how the tracks follow each other. But instead of repeating themselves, the band brings originality in each song. They even have the guts to put some monster ballads on the album (Requiem, Paradiseum). The songs that most appealed to me were the opening track "To the Friendz…" and "Illumination".
They close their album with a perfect mix of all of their technical skills showed in previous songs.
Afterwards, the listener is treated to four bonus tracks which stay in the same area as the music heard earlier. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" finishes ‘Somnambulist’ with a happy country tune mixed with the metal (Sic)Monic has brought us for over 75 minutes.

Give the album enough attention and really get to know the songs. At the first hearing, it will sound like difficult music, but this five-headed band made a great album.
Conclusion:

(Sic)Monic brought metal to a new dimension. With their skilled musicians, they are ready to continue in this line and upgrade Heavy Metal to a new genre.





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Sicmonic - Somnambulist Review von Kruemel vom 14.03.2010 (45 mal gelesen) Ein "Somnambulist" ist ein Schlafwandler. Anders als ein solcher, der keine Kontrolle über seine Handlungen während des Traumwandelns hat, wissen die US-Jungs von SICMONIC ganz genau, was sie tun. Auf ihrem sehr progressiven Zweitwerk findet man eine Menge Einflüsse diverser Metal/Musikstile. Doch die werden nicht einfach wild oder etwa zu 08/15-Songstrukturen zusammengeschustert. Die Kompositionen sind äußerst abwechslungsreich und innerhalb derer werden immer wieder tolle Spannungsbögen aufgebaut. Teilweise klingen die Lieder freaky oder sogar jazzig (z.B. im Mitteilteil des Titeltracks), hier und da hört man orientalisch anmutende Melodien wie in 'Till the Morning Light' und 'Of Blood and Grace' ist ein Blackened Death-Stück mit gemäßigteren Tönen am Ende.

SICMONIC ist eine Band, die unheimlich viel Energie in sich hat, die sie mittels ihrer Musik nach außen transportiert. Viele der Lieder auf "Somnambulist" sind richtige Kracher, die sich bestens eignen, um Frust abzubauen. Daher sollte man die Scheibe richtig laut hören, so dass es dröhnt. Das Kraftvolle wird nicht nur in der Musik, sondern auch bei dem sehr variablen Gesang von Taylor Hession deutlich. Die Vocals sind meist zweistimmig angelegt; mal klar, mal gibt es Core Screaming oder auch Death Grunts. Trotz aller Energie findet man auf der Scheibe aber doch auch einige Ruhepole. Dies verraten schon die Titel wie z.B. 'Requiem' oder 'Paradiseum'.

SICMONIC machen gerade wegen ihres Abwechslungsreichtums echt Laune. Es gibt auf "Somnambulist" viel zu entdecken, was das Album unheimlich spannend und interessant macht. Zudem besticht es noch mit einem superklaren, druckvollen Sound und bietet mit 75 Minuten eine mehr als ordentliche Spiellänge.

TIPPS: das orientalisch anmutende 'Till the Morning Light'; das melodische und fast melancholische 'Requiem'; das im Vergleich zum Rest zerbrechlich wirkende 'Paradiseum'

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[(Sic)Monic 'Somnambulist']
Buf, esta reseña me va a costar lo suyo... Y todo porque me enfrento a un grupo de la clase “tobogánico”, capaces de mezclar casi todos los géneros de Metal -y mucho más- en su sonido. Así que para no poner 10 géneros distintos y despistar al personal, he decidido catalogarlo con la etiqueta que más se les acerca: Metal Inclasificable.
Empezaré por presentarlos. (Sic)Monic salen de Phoenix, Arizona. Su primer trabajo, “Look to the Skies” capturó la atención de Aural Music que les ha producido este disco, titulado, “Somnambulist”. Para la gente que ya haya escuchado grupos como Heavy Heavy Low Low o mis queridos Between the Buried and Me, les diré que este disco es aun mucho más raro y caótico que cualquiera de los trabajos de esas bandas. Para los oyentes no acostumbrados a la clase de grupos que tienen unas cuantas influencias de géneros muy dispares, que se preparen y abran su mente, porque esto que les viene encima es de órdago.
Un servidor, más o menos acostumbrado a esta clase de grupos raretes, ha tenido que tener bastante paciencia y tras varias escuchas al CD (y un par de tilas), ha podido finalmente enfrentarse a esta reseña.
Para meteros en situación, quiero que os imaginéis como sería una banda que mezclase esto: Death, Progresivo, Hardcore, Black Metal, Avantgarde, Industrial, Groove Metal, Heavy, Nu Metal, Rock, Jazz... Y ahora que os he dejado con cara de pez, intentaremos unir todas esas influencias en una sola. ¿Raro no? Mucho. Lo cierto es que podría citaros una serie de grupos que podrían influenciar a esta gente, pero lo mejor es que toméis vosotros mismos contacto con ellos en su myspace, porque pillar este disco a ciegas es un suicidio. Para que lo entendáis, la experimentación por ejemplo de los System of a Dawn (con los que comparten, además de influencias, un tono rapeado de voz parecido) es muy limitada en comparación a esta gente.
Musicalmente se puede decir que son unos fenómenos. Tíos capaces de mezclar un combo así y que suene bien y no sea un completo caos, tienen que saber tocar bien por narices. La buena producción ayuda a que aun sonando las partes más caóticas se aprecie bien todos los instrumentos. Vocalmente son muy variados, con registros que van desde los limpios a lo Aaron Lewis de Staind hasta los más gritones e histriónicos que recuerdan mucho a las bandas más caóticas Japonesas. Joder, el que pone esas voces tiene que tener la garganta tocada a estas alturas, porque se deja la piel. Eso sí, esas voces rapeadas -y son unas cuantas- personalmente me las hubiese ahorrado (así como todo ese regustillo de Nu Metal que se aprecia en algunos momentos).
El grupo es tan variado que lo mismo escuchamos partes machaconas de Death Metal, partes Groovies con toques Hardcore, junto a partes de Metal limpio, Progresivas y Avantgarde y otras con componentes de Rock acústico con alguna dosis Pop. Vamos, que será difícil aburrirse con algo así. Sobre todo, lo que más impacta es que semejante contraste de estilos tenga cabida aquí. La verdad es que no es nada fácil digerir todo esto. Para escuchar “Somnambulist” hay que ser muy abierto de mente en esto del Metal -y Rock-, y no llevarse las manos a la cabeza cuando escuchemos partes épicas en plan Staind, luego unas rapeadas con bases Groovies y al rato estemos oyendo una parte extrema. ¿Quin decía que ya no había innovación? Tiene que ser un espectáculo ver a esta gente en directo.
El disco viene con 15 Temas en total. En realidad son 11 pero el grupo nos obsequia con 4 Bonus Tracks. Así que la duración del mismo es considerable, la friolera cifra de casi 75 minutos. En cuanto a los temas en sí, irá sobre gustos. Cada uno de ellos es un pequeño mundo.
No sé que toman los americanos, pero lo cierto es que comen aparte del resto del mundo, porque es en los USA donde suelen salir este tipo de bandas (¡Cuanto ha influido Mike Patton!). Por mi parte, y aunque es un trabajo de bastante calidad, creo que voy a darme un respiro en cuanto a creatividad por un tiempo...
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Questi (Sic)Monic sono il classico gruppo mappazza che mescola diverse influenze e che, probabilmente, cerca di mostrarsi originale a tutti i costi (basti vedere che razza di nome sono andati a cercarsi: non si capisce nemmeno se si scriva con o senza parentesi!). In realtà, procedendo un po' a cricchio nella congerie di rimandi che si manifestano da questo disco, è possibile chiamare in causa band come: i System Of A Down, per certi passaggi vocali ed alcuni cambi di tempo; i Meshuggah, per certe sgorbiezze ritmiche non disgiunte da una distorsione gravissima; i Mudvayne, in tutti i frangenti in cui l'andamento spezzato, l'interpretazione del singer o l'incedere del basso ci ricordano più da vicino la vecchia, gloriosa (ma dove?) ondata 'nu metal'. Poi, certo, ci sono anche stacchi panteriani, evoluzioni di chiara matrice metal-core, palesi rimandi al metallo estremo, oltre ad una sfumatura di fusion e ad una spolverata di prog, talvolta anche nelle frequenti melodie vocali; e direi che nella descrizione ci possiamo tranquillamente fermare qui. Il pregio di un disco come “Somnambulist” è che, nonostante gli intenti siano a volte troppo cerebrali e persino forzati, i brani conservano una loro intima coerenza ed una non trascurabile identità di fondo: insomma, sarà pur vero che i (Sic)Monic fanno i furbetti e cercano di arruffianarsi tutti gli ascoltatori assetati di musica fuori dai canoni, ma è anche vero che riescono nell'intento con grande naturalezza ed un non trascurabile grado di facilità. In altri termini: se spesso i gruppi che vogliono fare i ricercati a tutti i costi ci scoglionano alla grande, questi giovani americani mostrano invece di avere una certa stoffa.

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Somnambulist is the second full-length studio album by American, Phoenix, Arizona based progressive metal act Sicmonic. The band released their debut full-length studio album Look to the Skies in August 2006. Look to the Skies was released independently and Somnambulist was meant to be released independently too. Aural Music signed Sicmonic before the band began distributing the only 1000 copies that were pressed of the original version, which should make the original version a pretty rare collectors item. The official Aural Music version of Somnambulist, which is the one I´m in possession of, features new cover artwork and four additional bonus tracks taken from Look to the Skies.The music on Somnambulist is a pretty eclectic mix of various metal/ rock genres. There are strong ties to progressive metal but genres like contemporary metal/ thrash/ death metal and progressive rock are also featured on the album. The songs are very diverse and most songs feature several different sections and styles. Lead vocalist Taylor Hession is a skilled vocalist. His clean singing is strong and emotional but he also handles death grunts and aggressive vocals in pretty good style ( a bit generic but allright). I´m mostly fond of his clean singing though ( I really find his fast little vocal runs quite charming). Songs like Till The Morning Light, Illumination, Oxygen and especially the emotional ballad Requium feature examples of his great clean vocal performance on Somnambulist. The latter is without a doubt one of the strongest ballads I´ve heard in a while. A beautiful song that one.
In addition to bass, guitars and drums the album also features a couple of songs with the, for metal, rather unusual instrument: A violin. Guitarist Ray Goodwin plays the violin on a couple of tracks of which Just How Far Down Do You Want To Go? is the one where the violin is featured the most. The addition of the violin is a nice feature but it´s only a minor detail in the music and doesn´t mean much to the overall sound of the album. The music is very dynamic and features just about everything from subtle mellow parts to blast beat parts and everything in between. The album is a bit too long with its 74:46 minutes playing time, and while bonus tracks are always a nice feature, I think the album would have benefitted from being more compact. Two acts come to mind while listening to the album and that´s Strapping Young Lad and Shaolin Death Squad. Not the worst acts to be compared to if you ask me.
The songs are pretty complex but only occasionally touch tech metal territory. The musicianship is excellent though and there are lots of exciting playing to feast upon. The focus is predominantly on the songs and not the playing though. The high level of musicianship is used to create clever compositions rather than showing off.
The production is professional and detailed. A modern metal production.
I had never heard about Sicmonic before listening to Somnambulist and I might have been reluctant to if I had read a review who mentioned the modern/ contemporary metal influences in the music. It´s a matter of taste but I usually don´t appreciate genres like Deathcore, NU-metal and Metalcore which the music on Somnambulist share some similarities with. Somnambulist fortunately is so much more than that and if you´re looking for something that has equal amounts of aggressive, progressive and melodic elements Sicmonic pretty much got it nailed with Somnambulist. A 4 star rating is well deserved. An excellent release.
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Imagine a kaleidoscope, a huge kaleidoscope with a bright specter of colors. Now imagine this kaleidoscope transforming into a sonic experience rather than visual one. This is perhaps a decant way to try to explain the outstanding experience that is Somnambulist.

Once in a while out comes an album that just confuses you with its brilliance. The difference between these kinds of albums and the other outstanding albums is that it’s difficult to understand how did it all come about and you find yourself wishing that you were fly on the wall throughout the whole creating process behind these albums – the writing, recording, rehearsing…
That’s the feeling I got when listening to, among the others Tool’s Ænima, Fantômas’ Suspended Animation and Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile. (Sic) Monic’s Somnambulist is one of those albums too.

This album has an approach to writing and playing music that is free and that’s one of the things that makes it extremely genuine and emotional. Another aspects that furthers strengthen this is the fact that the band is extremely talented, brave and technically good.

Somnambulist is an emotional explosion that mixes anything from jazz to death metal in an entity so honest and unpredictable that I found myself actually saying the words “What the hell?” and “Are you kidding me?” out loud, few times during the first spin of this record.

The band's performance is fantastic, but it’s their songwriting that impresses the most, together with Taylor Hession’s out of this universe vocal performance. Much like the music itself, vocal performance is highly complex, unpredictable, unbelievably vital and emotional. One second he is producing diabolic growls in best Glen Benton style and the second later he is singing in a most melodic and heart breaking voice you can imagine. This combined with some very personal and moving lyrics as well as very creative melodies, creates a cocktail, which sucks the listener deep into its universe. Highlights are too many to mention and even the bonus tracks (re-recordings of few songs from their first album) keep the quality level high, but one of the songs that just needs to be mentioned is semi-acoustic “Requiem”, which is one of the most emotionally charged songs I have heard in a long time. The lyrics and Hession’s performance are simply magnificent.

As for the things that could be improved; the only thing I can think of is that the individual sound of the instruments is too ordinary to accompany the music, which is so distinctive. Still the band gets away with this quite easily, thanks to above mentioned songwriting and performance, but just as importantly thanks to outstanding arrangements.

With such a diverse vocal performance as well as the overlapping vocals one can’t help but wonder how in the world will Hession pull this out live and I hope to get the answer to this question sometime soon, because this is the band I need to experience live.

Somnambulist
is a truly amazing album, in just about all aspects.
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