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Leather Synn - Warlord - 89%

Edmund Sackbauer, September 16th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2020, CD, Non Nobis Productions (Digipak)

Even without interest in the music „Warlord” by the Portuguese band Leather Synn might be worth a look if just based on the cover artwork alone. While being pretty cliché it just looks really stunning. Thankfully this EP is a nice little piece of music, and while nothing innovative in any way a fun listen. Presenting four songs and a total running time of 22 minutes you get a short yet effective record for fans of classic metal brought into the year 2020. Think Gatekeeper and similar stuff and you might get an idea.

Deeply rooted in the eighties they take some of the best elements that made several other bands famous a few decades ago. Some might scream “copycats” but Leather Synn put the best pieces of that style back together in such a great and fresh manner that most fans of traditional metal will not care about that argument. The riffs are sharp and perfectly executed and some of the chord progressions are of such an uplifting and rocking nature that one cannot help but bang the head while listening to the music. The rhythm and the lead guitars are perfectly harmonized offering a perfect blend of straight rocking grooves and some clever placed melodic elements. Of course there are solo parts to be found as well but those are never overdone hurting the flow of the music.

Music like this asks for effective chorus parts, and Leather Synn deliver on that front. Just take the title track, which is as simple as it is addictive. I guarantee that you are going to shout the chorus along once it got stuck in your head. While straight-to-the-point songwriting is something that is very important for the band there are some clever details to be found here. Some song sections offer nice variation, with perfectly fitting lead harmonies working as transition elements linking several parts of one track.

Singer Eduardo got a really pleasing voice. His delivery is perfectly fine and he is able to highlight the softer parts as well as putting a lot of energy into the faster and uplifting sections. I really like the mellow timbre of his voice and in my opinion he can stand his ground against some of the bigger names of the genre.

The production is clear without sounding too sterile. The mix is raw yet transparent, giving each instrument enough room to breathe. The overall sound is a nice mixture of using modern possibilities without sacrificing the old-school vibes inherent in that kind of music. “Warlord” is a nice piece of pure heavy metal played with a lot of heart and soul. This EP is an easy recommendation for fans of that style and I look forward to checking out new stuff from the guys.