Synestesia – Feeniks

Synestesia FeeniksSynestesia came from the bushes to me. I had them listed in Metal From Finland but for some reason I never payed that much attention to them. But after reading one review of their album “Feeniks” in which they got 10-/10 I simply had to get familiar with their music. So what do we do these days if we want to listen some new bands? Well we visit their Myspace-page of course! Which I did…and boy am I glad that I did that! Well it really didn’t require much to convince me really. Since I got hold of Feeniks-album it has been constantly playing on my iTunes and iPod.

Feeniks is a concept album and the first thing I payed attention to were the lyrics. Those are some “parental advisory” stuff, I love it! If you come to think of it, basically there is only one thing that could prevent Synestesia from becoming a very succesful band outside Finland. It is the fact that they sing in finnish. Songs on Feeniks are relatively short (around 4 minutes) except for the last one “Tuli Palakoon” which is over 6 minutes long.

Instrumental song Suvanto calms down the album very nicely. It’s like calm after the storm but also before the storm! Well as I wrote earlier, Feeniks is a concept album and after Suvanto, the climax of the album starts building up. Once you understand the lyrics you’ll notice that the suspense keeps on growing and growing and it reaches the top on Rakastan Sinua-song. After that comes Tuli Palakoon which is crushing yet very melodic mid-tempo song.

Members of Synestesia are incredible musicians and the songs are written in a way that they are fast, brutal yet melodic. Sounds are supreme. All in all a perfect package. A must have to all fans of melodic death metal.

Review: 9/10

Tracklist of Feeniks:

  1. Nimeni On Feeniks
  2. Minun Hymyni Kirkastaa Kasvosi
  3. Kuka Nyt Saa Sen Tietää
  4. Puhdas Sattuma
  5. Merituuli
  6. Suvanto
  7. Lasialttari
  8. Päätös
  9. Rakastan Sinua
  10. Tuli Palakoon

Synestesia is:

Eero Hammais – Bass
Kalle Aaltonen – Guitar
Jonne-Pekka Stenroos – Guitar
Eero Kuusisto – Vocals
Timo Harju – Drums

Synestesia on internet: (soundsamples available) (Label)

In Memory: Miika Tenkula

Miika Tenkula
Miika Tenkula

Thursday, February 19th it started spreading over the internet: Sentenced-guitarist and songwriter Miika Tenkula had been found dead at his home. This news shocked the Finnish metal community very much. And in matter of hours the news had spreaded all over the world. People were mourning the death of this very talented and nice person. It was surreal really. I couldn’t believe it myself. People were sending me e-mails and messages asking if it was really true? As if I would know anything more than they did.

It was said that he had problems with alcohol and it went even worse after Sentenced quit in 2005. Miika Tenkula was the only member of Sentenced that disappeared from the musicscene.

Over the years we were all priviledged to hear such songs like “No One There”, “End Of The Road”, “Lower The Flags”, “Ever-Frost”, “Vengeance Is Mine”, “Killing Me Killing You”, “My Slowing Heart”, “Mourn”, “Noose” that were written by Miika Tenkula.

Sentenced respected the memory of Miika Tenkula by issuing the following statement:

“Sentenced mourn the loss of Miika Tenkula, a dear friend, a truly remarkable artist and musician, and the very soul of what used to be Sentenced. Rest now, brother – in your music and our hearts you will live forever.

R.I.P. Miika Tenkula [1974 – 2009]”

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