Premiere: Syn Ze Sase Tri Breathe New Life into Ancient Legends

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Pagan metal can be about something other than vikings. Who knew?

There are many, many parts of the past that metal bands could look to for inspiration, but bands the world over flock to Norse history for lyrics. It’s understandable; it feeds into our lust for adventure and glory with romanticized images of seafaring warriors, answering to no one and doing as they please. It also seems just a little bit silly when it’s being performed by four guys from Idaho. Don’t get me wrong; if that’s your passion and you’re well-versed in medieval Scandinavian history, then go for it. But if the entire basis of your band is, “Hey, we should totally be like Amon Amarth,” then maybe you should reconsider.

In this regard, Romania’s Syn Ze Sase Tri are a huge breath of fresh air, singing about the Dacian legends of antiquity. The Dacian kingdom existed in varying shapes and sizes for a little over 250 years, eventually being conquered by the Roman empire after two bloody, grueling decades of war. Their last king, Decebalus, was said to have buried vast swathes of treasure in the riverbeds; if this isn’t a solid setup for some adventurous lyrics, then I don’t know what is.

Syn Ze Sase Tri’s music is equally intriguing, bearing almost no similarities to other Pagan metal bands. “De-a Dreapta Omului” is dramatic and intense, opening with menacing strings and the boom of a timpani, building into a driving guitar melody that echoes the symphonics. The riffs are as vicious as the throat-rending dual vocals, augmented by deft use of synths. The build to the climax is nothing short of cinematic, trading leads between the keys and guitar, and culminating in a gloriously shreddy solo. It has a power metal-like sense of grandiosity that never quite goes into full-blown cheesiness. All told, it’s a ton of fun, and the full album promises to be something truly worthy of its subject matter.

Zăul Moş comes out September 29th through Aural Music, and you can check out their Bandcamp page for another awesome track. You can follow the band on Facebook here.

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  • The Mighty Thorange

    This is a damn good song from a damn good band. I have been a fan of these guys since I was given their album “Sub Semnul Lulului” from my parents when they came back from a holiday in Romania. They did pretty well for people who don’t like metal heavier than the occasional Iron Maiden tune.
    And the Dacians were fucking badasses. They had this brutal sword called a falx which absolutely terrified the Romans. It was a curved blade with it’s edge on the inside of the curve and had a reputation for just tearing through a legionaries shield and armour. The Romans had to stop their campaign in Dacia and re-design their armour so they wouldn’t get slaughtered.

  • That drummer is just not content with playing simple beats is he?

    • BobLoblaw

      Id be genuinely shocked if that was a real drummer on that recording.

      • Let me rephrase then:

        “That singer is really triggerhappy with the drum fills/change ups in guitar pro”

        • BobLoblaw

          Id say EZX or SDX so you still dun goofed it.

      • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

        They have a drummer, why would they have used a machine?

        • BobLoblaw

          Well there are plenty of bands that opt for a programmed percussionist when they have someone solid on the throne for various reasons. The drummer joined last year and his previous work in Malpraxis is pretty different (boring with some nice blast work peppered in to break the monotony) leading me to guess they didnt write an album that complex with that drummer. Not saying he cant play what was written, just saying I doubt he wrote or recorded it for that album.

    • Spear

      Simple beats are for the weak.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    every solo Syn plays they all touch us in some way. I am and will foREVer be a Deathbat Harlot Sevenfoldism member.

    – Kaitlyn Shadows on January 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

  • Is anyone else taken aback by the fact that HessianHunter’s article is rocking 200k+ views? Jesus!