Published Aug 28, 2019For a record with such a title, Ending of the Unknown Path sounds awfully familiar. Synteleia operate in metal's very deepest underground: European old-school black metal. Think back before Dimmu Borgir got their costume budget, when groups of rabid black-jeaned teens plugged into their toaster recording studios to make records like Deathcrush, Transilvanian Hunger and In the Nightside Eclipse. Synteleia don't quite match up to the originators of their genre, yet on a song like "Daemonica Infernalium," all the pieces are there.
In Synteleia's subterranean world, lo-fi rules all. The band resist any temptation to clean things up, relying on the gritty buzz that has served black metal well for the past three decades. That is, until "Celephais" throws a curveball with acoustic guitar fingerpicks, choirs and an intro that calls to mind the skeletal structure of modern blackgaze. But soon things are back as they should be with Synteleia raging along to the tune of a song called "The Black Goat Rites." (Anyone who can find a more black metal song title then that had best keep it to themselves.)
In a scene that values genre loyalty above all else, this group will find a wellspring of support around the world for their uncompromising style. (Hells Headbangers)