Soundtrack For The Apocalypse from Georgia, USA band zYnethic is described as “Eighty minutes of dread and mayhem”. They are best known for their video game work, and there is certainly a ‘soundtrack-ey’ feel about this release with it’s simple repeated patterns and catchy themes.
The album opens with Abandon V3, a chugging instrumental slice of Slipknot style riffage which races along at a cracking pace and promises good things for the rest of the album.
There is more to this band than metal riffs however. The second track, Outbreak, has more than a touch of ambient electronica about it before the feel changes to a more distorted sound which reminded me of the industrial sound Combichrist.
I guess “industrial electronic metal” would be one way to describe zYnthetic. There are certainly some pounding heavy beats here, with simple repeated patterns that draw you in and keep things interesting. Tracks like the excellent BlooddriveN and Containment Breach are heavy enough for the most ardent metalhead while others , such as Sin, Soma, and the Masquerade display the band’s more ambient electronic leanings.
I’m not sure if it’s a great comparison, but this strikes me as a sort of Pendulum meets NiN crash, and the outcome is something which is definitely interesting. I really enjoyed listening to this album and becoming immersed in the soundscapes it created and would certainly recommend that you go across to the bands Bandcamp page and check it out.