Featuring 13 songs of intoxicating thrash and death metal, Feared has crafted a metal masterpiece with their new album Synder.

Feared entered our radar with last year’s epic Vinter album. On Synder (which is Swedish for “Sin”), we find Feared continuing to perfect the art of metal songwriting. This album features a wealth of captivating riffs intriguing the mind and splinter bone.

The album opens with a deceptive acoustic interlude giving way to a majestic progression on the title track. You may be lulled into a false sense that this record will be a prog-rock festival. This premise quickly vanishes as the blistering opening riffs of “Your Demise” give you a look at what is to come.

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It’s difficult to pick out the best songs in this release, as they are marvelous works of art. “Of Iron and Ashes” and “Wolf At the End of the World,” showcase the rapid-fire blast beats of Kevin Talley on drums. The meat of each of these tunes is anchored by the methodical bass work of Jocke Skog. Hearing these musicians work together, there is no doubt this is a rhythm section bursting with talent.

“My Grief, My Sorrow,” illustrates the masterful way Ola Englund and his band mates in Feared have created songs that have a base in death metal; yet mix in textures of progressive and thrash metal. The result is fist clenching heavy metal which soars to the heavens with intensity.

While riffs in this album are impeccable in creating grooves and exploring the dynamics within each song, Ola Englund should be given special praise for the guitar solos. They are lyrical and packed with emotion. His playing will remind you of Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree. Listening to the solo on “Godless Devotion,” and you will feel the notes breath inside of you.

A great deal of the ferocity of the music on Synder is due to the vocal prowess of Marco Ramos. His voice howls with fury on “By Silent Screaming” and finds the depths of the grave on “My Own Redemption.” Marco even breaks out a bit clean singing on this same song.

Synder is a spectacular metal album that features metal music at its finest. From outstanding performances by each band member to top-notch production, Feared has made a recording that will stand the test of time.

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Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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