Syron Vanes – ‘Chaos From A Distance’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 09 January 2017 04:00

Syron-Vanes-Chaos-From-A-Distancealbum-cover1Sometimes a change in musical direction can either make or break a band. Metallica during the ‘St. Anger’ period divided the metal universe because of how un-Metallica the album sounded. On the other side of the coin however, once Swedish NWOBHM-inspired Syron Vanes returned from an almost 30 year hiatus with a fresher sound for their 2003 album ‘Insane’ it was evident that the hard rock sound was what the world needed to hear. Will this new sound continue to impress listeners for their 2017 release, ‘Chaos From A Distance?’


The Swedish titans show no signs of holding back as they call forth the ‘God Of War’ for the introduction of this release. Before properly listening to this album I checked out Syron Vanes’ original material, which I am personally not a fan of; however, my jaw just dropped the second this latest released blasted its way through my headphones.


Rimbert Vahlstroem’s bluesy vocals is once again fronting the band, combined with chunky guitar riffs fromband founder and guitarist Anders Hahne. Just because the band’s overall sound has changed doesn't mean they don't pay homage to their old school style through tracks like ‘Angelchild’ and ‘Crucified’ that have that distinctive 80s influence, primarily with the airy backing vocals.


Syron Vanes don’t beat around the bush when it comes to the album’s general composition, with the majority of the tracks lasting around five minutes, bar the eight-minute sensation, ‘Trial By Spirit’. I guess you could call this the slowest track of the entire album, featuring a collection of atmospheric keyboard effects and a wide variety of guitar sounds, turning from clean to riffs galore. Speaking of riffs galore this album is ideal for all you lovers of the riff out there, especially for tracks such as the album’s title track and ‘Sleepwalking’.


Sorry you'll have to forgive me, I am still picking up my jaw up off the floor after how outstanding this album sounds: such a difference compared to their origins. Everything about this release is tighter than a Ballymena man’s wallet (oi, stop stealing my cliches - Ed), from the band's overall performance to the way the album is produced. The press release called this their ‘…strongest album to date’, and I have to say I agree with this.


If you were to put this album in a ring with some of the world’s toughest fighters; Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor etc. to name a few, ‘Chaos From A Safe Distance’ would come out victorious. That’s how strong this album is.


‘Chaos From A Distance’ is released on 27 January.  You can pre-order your copy HERE.