Genre: Epic Black Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Aural Music Code 666 Records
Romanian symphonic black metal band Syn Ze Șase Tri (translation: I’m with Triple Six) was formed in 2007. They have in their ranks ex Negură Bunget member Corb, who now plays all guitars, traditional instruments, bouzouki and does vocals in his new band. They signed with Italian label Aural Music and in 2011 they released their promising debut “Între Două Lumi”. On May 14th 2012 they will release their second album again with Aural Music.
“Sub Semnul Lupului” is a quality work, a very well composed album with 12 great songs lasting for 55 minutes. There are not many changes compared to their debut, except for a slight improvement in the production. Syn Ze Șase Tri offer us epic symphonic black metal, deeply influenced by Transylvanian history. Don’t expect the typical over-polished symphonic metal; the band balances between mainstream and underground, but I believe they are closer to the second. They use a lot of synths (thus symphonic), but not in a bombastic way. Keyboards cooperate with the guitars, having equal roles in the melodies and equal importance and power in the mixing. Their music is generally fast, leaving though space for some slower atmospheric parts too. There are a few songs with folk elements and instruments in their music and some where acoustic guitars are in the front, like the masterpiece “În Pîntecul Pămîntului”, the best song of the album in my opinion. Some songs are more aggressive and others more melodic, but the band never loses its powerful majestic sound! I find also very positive that each song has its own identity. It is not a work where once you listen to one song, you have practically listened to the whole album. All compositions are different and interesting, but they also keep the same atmosphere throughout the album. I was also surprised to listen to the Greek orthodox church chant “Η ζωή εν Τάφω” in the intro of the 5th track “Sub Semnul Lupului”! Vocals are changing between black and death metal screams, fitting perfectly with their music. All of their lyrics are in Romanian, since there isn’t a better way to sing all these Transylvanian bloody myths and legends…
Syn Ze Șase Tri is a great band, that fans of epic symphonic black metal must check. They have great songs and a personal style with an underground aesthetic presented through an almost mainstream production. Their orchestrations are very rich, with many instruments and various guest musicians contributing. I am expecting even better things from them in the future, since they sound very skilled musicians, both in performing and composing. “Sub Semnul Lupului” is released by Aural Music in a nice digipak with amazing artwork by Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove Design). You can visit the links below to get a taste of their music.