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Synastry – Dividing The Double Helix

Dividing The Double Helix
by Quinten Serna at 15 July 2021, 5:17 AM

Within the threaded bindings of the human condition exists discord and disharmony that sever and discourage our understanding of ourselves and the world that surrounds us wherein the inner voice, that of perspective, is given these pained stimuli as its fuel; in deference of such, SYNASTRY, has strived in great lengths to analyze and explore such endeavors and has managed their discourse through their latest EP, Dividing The Double Helix. Opening up the 3 piece is the title track, “Dividing The Double Helix,” whose sound parallels its narrative, that of divisive reproach, the disapproving and jarring lyrics outline destructive mannerisms fueling failing systems with the shift in focus between strings and synth creating a stark division, an aural dichotomy.

Cryolife” begins without hesitation commencing in a chromatic riff that runs repetitiously for the duration of the verse, the homophonic layering of the voice over the guitars centralizes the listener’s attention bringing focus both to the jarring disharmonies and the lyricism; the transition following the bridge to that of a melodic rhythm for the chorus is an interesting choice offering a sound more akin to resolve and resolution than that of dissonance. The final track, “Assembly Line Asylum,” stands atop a start-stop progression for its verses relying on the jittering staccato to provide emphasis and abrasion, quickly juxtaposed by a chorus that allows its strings to resound unto completion; the piano following the refrain transitioning to synth brings to mind the imagery of analog transitioning into digital, inverting the song’s own theme of “machine made men;” by intention or coincidence the song reminds me greatly of ALDOUS HUXLEY’S A Brave New World and its comparison of the human race to that of mechanization. The sound is an interesting take on industrial standards offering a stark melding of atmosphere, FX, and traditional instruments with a heavy focus on the last of the listing whereas tradition heralds a greater emphasis on pre-rendered samples and such. The guitars are rich, jaded, and filled with an incomprehensible ire behind them, something made evident in the composition of each track. The bass is a powerhouse kept a bit quieted by the other strings and kit, but fully grounded itself. The drums sit quite well within the mix constantly transitioning between being a driving force and providing accents and emphasis. The vocals are what delivers in themes and such decrying the importance of individuality and individual thought with every harsh scream and bitter belt.

Dividing The Double Helix serves to engage the band’s philosophy and beliefs and in turn offers fans, both old and new, a promise for more on the horizon, something that long time fans will meet with ecstatic approach. Even for those who find disinterest in Industrial Metal the EP offers a great 12 and a half minutes that will keep on repeat in the back of your mind.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Dividing The Double Helix
2. Cryolife
3. Assembly Line Asylum
Gary Vee – Bass
Kay Kessler – Drums
Paul Iverson – Guitars
James Aniston – Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 01 August 2021

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