Swedish/British modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE have just released the lyric video for "Start A War", the debut single from their fifth full-length studio album — and first for Despotz — "Confessions".
Produced by Kristoffer Folin at Purple Skull Music, "Start A War" is the band's public introduction to the new direction they have taken on the "Confessions" album. About the track, vocalist Nathan J. Briggs says: "The song is about daring to dream, I guess. In this life, you can do anything or be anything. It's a cliché, but it's true. But you've got to want it, and sometimes you really have to fight, to start a war to get there. This is a reminder for everyone, but also to myself with this new album."
"Confessions" will be released on October 14. The CD was recorded at Purple Skull Music with producer Kritoffer Folin and is said to be "the band's most diverse and unique work to date."
SONIC SYNDICATE will support AMARANTHE on a European tour in October/November.
Asked how the new CD compares to SONIC SYNDICATE's previous releases, Biggs recently said: "I think we always make a conscious effort to not repeat ourselves, definitely."
Added Robin Sjunnesson: "And we say it all the time, but that's how it is: we never repeat ourselves. Every album is like a new experiment for us. But this one is definitely a completely new sound."
Continued Nathan: "This one's unique in the fact that we literally haven't decided anything or limited ourselves to anything. We have literally just gone from whatever the hell we wanna write, whatever feeling it is."
Said Robin: "We wrote almost a completely full album, and we were kind of pretending, 'Yeah, this is good. This is good.' But you could feel it: 'Nah, it's not there. It's not where we wanna take this.' So we basically just trashed it."
Nathan: "We got our own studio and we did pre-production, and we had at least ten finished songs. We liked some of them, and some of them were really heavy and really rocking, but we were just like, 'It's not quite there. It's not good enough. Is this what we wanna do?' And we scrapped the whole record. And then we literally just wrote from the heart, with no limitations on genre or anything."
Robin: "Exactly. We kind of agreed: 'Let's just write whatever comes now.' Like, 'What's on the fingertips? What do we wanna do right now?' And I guess that's also why the new album is… We all love it."
Nathan: "I've never enoyed recording an album this much before — just pure fun from our side."
Robin: "We're trying out new stuff that we haven't tried before, and that's fun."
SONIC SYNDICATE last year parted ways with longtime bassist Karin Axelsson and replaced her with Michel "Miche" Bärzén (DEGRADEAD).