Sound — 9
This is the first full-length release from up and coming band, The Syncope Threshold. Tale of the Complex Circuit throws many influences into their music making a quite original sound. This album explores the music of metal, punk and progressive. The guitar work is phenomenal, one thing to mention is the incredible sweeps and catchy riffs. You can hear inspiration from technical bands such as Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, along with other non-technical music influences as well. The instruments fit together nicely without the overpowering of the distortion on guitar or blaring of the drums. Tale of the Complex Circuit has an overall happy sound too it, although it still has range. You can go from a very punk sounding song like 'The Day I Died (Immunization)', to a very slow clean intro in 'Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace'. Tale of the Complex Circuit is a blend of all things good.
Lyrics — 9
The vocals in Tale of the Complex Circuit are outstanding. Vocalist, Joe Garcia, can go from a growl to a strong falcetto proving the range and talent of his abilities. Throughout the album you will hear vocal sections that remind you of some other vocalists. Such as when he screams, it can sound a bit like Randy from Lamb of God. And at certain parts when he uses the falcetto, he can sound like Claudio from Coheed and Cambria. In The Syncope Threshold's first e.p. 'End of the Beginning', he proved very strong and on Tale of the Complex Circuit he proves even stronger. The vocals also blend great with instruments and it's incredible to believe that he can keep up with them and make it sound amazing.
Overall Impression — 9
Tale of the Complex Circuit blows bands out of the water that have been around for years and have released many albums. The creativity and talent in the instruments and vocals, aswell as musicianship wise shows very well in this album. Some songs that are my personal favourite in this album are: Definite Behavior, I, Harlequin: Dissolution, and Sunflower Avenue. If you are a fan of Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, Coheed and Cambria, technical music or not; you will most likely enjoy this album. Even if you aren't a fan of any those bands, I would recommend giving a listen to The Syncope Threshold just to see the talent within this band. With their sound, creativity, musicianship and talent, this band can go very far and be very big.