8 OUT OF 10
These days it’s difficult to make an album that hasn’t “borrowed” something from another band, the odd riff here and there, a melody or a lyric, and this album is no different. Sounding a little like early Iced Earth with the hint of James Hetfield on vocals, it’s clear who the bands influences are but this does not take away from their originality.
“Voices” the second album from French band Syr Daria was released in December 2015 and has everything a metal album should.
Kicking off with “Back To The Circus”, an obvious show opener, the album starts as it means to go on, riffs, drums and a catchy chorus.
Followed by “Gilead”, a slower song that does not fail to pull any punches with its fantastic guitar solos and awesome drumming, this is one of the best songs on the album.
The stand out songs for me, and there were two, were “Slaves”, a song that switches from soft melodic verses to full on thrash choruses, and the title track “Voices” but there is not a bad song on the entire album.
Having finished recording the album in December 2015, the band offered it to many labels but only one was prepared to give them the support they needed to issue it and it was officially released on 15th may 2016 under the Brennus Music Label. Only having interest from one label was a surprise to me as the guys gel together so well they sound like they have been playing together for years, each complimenting the others with their excellent playing, all brought together by the singer’s vocals, strong, sometimes aggressive yet melodic at the same time. These guys can certainly play!
I, personally, hadn’t heard of Syr Daria before Michel Erhart, one of the guitarists, approached me to do a review of the album and I am so glad he did. “Voices” is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time and I will definitely be checking out their first album “Circus of Life” released in 2011.
Since then Syr Daria have been guests supporting the likes of Tankard, Paul Di’Anno and Scorpions, and in my opinion, thoroughly deserved those guest spots.
I hope to hear a lot more of this band in the future and I sincerely hope I get to see them perform live.
Go check ‘em out!!
Syr Daria are:
Christophe Bruner – Drums
Michel Erhart – Guitars
Thomas Haessy – Guitars
Guillaume Hesse – Vocals, Bass
1 – Back to the Circus
2 – Gilead
3 – Army of Clowns
4 – Slaves
5 – Pornstar
6 – Hannibal
7 – The Monkey
8 – Walk with the Dead
9 – Insomnia
10 – Voices