Waste of Space Orchestra – Syntheosis

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.svartrecords.com/
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.svartrecords.com/product/waste-space-syntheosis-album/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/wasteofspaceorchestra/

Band Line-up:

Vesa Ajomo – voice of the shaman, guitar
Toni Hietamäki – bass guitar
Niko Lehdontie – guitar, effects
Ville Leppilahti – keyboards, effects
Marko Neuman – voice of the possessor
Jukka Rämänen – drums
Petri Rämänen – deep bass guitar
Jussi Saarivuori – electronics
Jarkko Salo – drums
Juho Vanhanen – voice of the seeker, guitar

 

Tracklisting:

1. Void Monolith
2. The Shamanic Vision
3. Seeker’s Reflection
4. Journey to The Center of Mass
5. Wake Up The Posessor
6. Infinite Gate Opening
7. Vacuum Head
8. The Universal Eye
9. Syntheosis

 

REVIEW:

Where to begin with this truly fascinating and conceptual masterpiece? A collaboration originally commissioned for Roadburn Festival 2018 Finnish bands Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Buddha Rising decided to do something grand in scale and create an entire album. Waste of Space Orchestra creates dark soundscapes that tell a story befitting to anyone with a love of horror, occult, sci fi and mysticism.

The entire album is an aggressive, dark twisted psychedelic trip full of sludgy doom riffs, tremolo guitars wailing through the deep bass, and the guttural screams of madness, and it encapsulates the styles of both bands. The two drummers Jukka Ramanen and Jarko Salo combine their efforts to create rich rhymthic styles from simplistic and ritualistic to familiar blast beats and thick, fast black metal rhythms. Not simply a split album or side project but a complete follow up to both band’s albums Varahtelija and Inversum. They form a cohesive and impressive record that is dense in complex movements and song structure. The tracks of the album weave through aggressive punishing tracks to ambiant, electronic and synth sounds that truly sound multidimensional.

The story told in music is a ritualistic journey of three mysterious figures The Shaman, The Seeker and the Possessor, that seek to open a portal to a different reality. Soundscapes for each song varies from Sludgy doom, post punk and minimalist rhythms, to spacey psychedelic rock, aggressive nightmarish black metal and melanholy, creepy, ambient noises. This is an album one must listen to more than once in fact several times. It’s amazing how many styles than work so cohesively. Songs I especially enjoyed were “The Seeker’s reflection”, “Void Monolith”, “The Universal Eye” and “Syntheosis”. They captivated me with various styles and moods. This album is great at creating atmosphere and mood in each song and delivers something I believe any fan of black and extreme metal or even other genres like doom could really appreciate. One might think this could be a messy cluster but it truly works so well and it’s obvious the musicians in both bands worked together seamlessly to make it sound like one band created the album. So I give it a 4.5 out of 5. It is so far one of my favourite albums this year.

 

REVIEW BY CATHRINE WENDT
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