Feb 2012 05

System Syn - All Seasons PassSystem Syn
Category: Industrial / Goth
Album: All Seasons Pass
Stars: 3
Blurb: System Syn continues to languish in the role of Imperative Reaction’s overly sensitive and mopey little brother.


System Syn, the side project from Imperative Reaction and God Module member Clint Carney, soldiers on in its signature mopey electronic style with 11 new tracks of self-loathing, woe-is-me platitudes. Despite its heavy use of synth and drum machines, All Seasons Pass continues to show System Syn has much more in common with weepy gothic styled acts such as the Crüxshadows than the more aggressive and explosive work Carney is part of in Imperative Reaction.

Some of the same distinctive sound engineering skill seen in Imperative Reaction makes its way into System Syn’s work with tracks such as “Path of Least Resistance,” “An Excuse Never Received,” and “Absence” all feeling like a slowed down and subdued version of Imperative Reaction tracks. However, even when mirroring his other project, Carney’s subject matter and vocal style quantifies it as work totally his own. With its heavy focus on lyrics, System Syn goes for a more muted and repetitive composition with frequent use of dramatic piano frills to draw the listener’s attention more to what is being said, sometimes to the album’s great detriment. With subject matter constantly hovering around rejection, destructive relationships, emotional detachment, suicide, and death, tracks like “Ordinary Life,” “Homecoming,” “Funeral,” and several others come across as the poetic scribbling perfect for an overdramatic gothic or emo rock act.

All Seasons Pass is competently put together and shows the marks of a skilled hand, with fantastic production and a unique, easily distinguished flavor, but its overdramatic style, and at times overly repetitive nature can very easily leave a bad aftertaste. Those not bothered by the abuse of clichéd subject matter will likely find plenty to enjoy from All Seasons Pass, but System Syn seems capable of much more, making the habitual grabbing for low hanging fruit in its subject matter all the more disappointing.
Track list:

  1. God Damn
  2. Path of Least Resistance
  3. Ordinary Life
  4. An Excuse Never Received
  5. Mercy
  6. Good Night
  7. Homecoming
  8. Absence
  9. The Lesson
  10. Funeral
  11. Confession

System Syn Website http://www.systemsyn.com
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Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
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Purchase at:
Amazon CD
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Trubie Turner (Flexei)

1 Comment

  1. Damian G. says:

    It never explodes with energy and instead settles for piano-driven melancholy that grows tedious with each song. Unlike ‘Strangers’ System Syn’s new effort fails to balance their inclination towards mellow rhythms with heavier, more deliberately paced beats resulting in an album that is well produced but never grabs your attention.

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