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Sinergy is a supergroup of musicians from other well known metal bands who came together for some old school Iron Maiden sounding metal. Everyone knows here that Alexi Laiho from melodic death metal act Children of Bodom is the guitar player for Sinergy. And to be honest, that's partly the reason why many people have checked out this band. Then we have Kim Goss' vocals, which are not at the level of Tarja Turunen or Anette Olzon, but certainly have a classic heavy metal sound.
So when it comes to the music, well, it is basically great sounding metal without all the growling of Children of Bodom but still with enough heaviness. One thing this band has that other bands do not is the amazingly well-composed guitar playing shown in songs such as "The Warrior Princess," and "The Fourth World". An interesting thing is how "Born Unto Fire And Passion" is a classical instrumental version of "The Warrior Princess," showing classical influence in their playing. Another interesting fact to know about the title song "Beware The Heavens" is how it was taken directly from "Translucent image" by IneartheD (former Children of Bodom).
Sinergy's style is nothing we haven't heard before but it's definitely good for some rocking out. So if you're a fan of Laiho style guitar playing or just some old school metal and don't expect anything as heavy as COB, then you'll enjoy listening to this album.
Take one Children of Bodom, slow them down a bit, refrain from an overuse of keyboards, season with some classy Jesper Strömblad songwriting and add rollicking female vocals to it. You have the basic recipe for the band Sinergy: crisp, not too polished power metal with an amalgamation of excellent musicians bringing their skills to the table. But it doesn't quite work out for this first outing as well as it could have with the names behind the music: Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, and Witchery etc.), Jesper Strömblad (In Flames) and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) all contribute to the proceedings.
The songs combine Alexi's signature fluid neo-classical fret-play and Jasper’s sturdy rhythm guitars into carefully pieced together songs that work out between their styles. They don't go as far as touching upon the work of their respective main bands, but they lay promising foundations to build upon in future (Jesper would depart from the line-up after this album though). You get sizeable helpings of your traditional speedy, balls out numbers in “Venomous Vixens” and “The Warrior Princess”, lightly keyboard laced mystique in “The Fourth World” and an offering from the hit-or-miss ballad category. Metal bands either have the art of the ballad down to an invigorating, emotionally stirring impact, or just fall limply by the wayside. Sinergy comes somewhere in between, as they seem to be trying hard on these types of songs, but never quite get it right.
Vocalist Kimberly Goss, for whom this is the first band she could call her own sounds a little watery at this stage, but makes up for it with frequent bursts of raw power. She has her own individual voice that isn’t trying to clone anyone, but can be reasonably compared to other singers like Doro Pesch.
They breach no new frontiers, but this serves as a testing ground on which to collect some ideas together and the results are positive, thus Sinergy has continued inexorably onwards since. However, it has a sour aftertaste since it’s clear that a band of this calibre could have pulled out all the stops on this and really made something worth hanging on to. It falters up against the other two releases, but those meaty, fulfilling tunes make it a keeper.