Since 2005, Sonic Syndicate has been pounding away at the international music scene touring Europe, North America and Asia. The new album is to be released October 14th 2016 on Despotz Records, followed by the Maximalism European tour with Amaranthe and Smash Into Pieces. The band describes their new coming album Confessions as a new start for Sonic Syndicate.
The band says: “We have CONFESSIONS to get out to the world: On October 14th we will release our brand new album Confessions and we can not think of a better way of doing it than to celebrate with our fans. With that said, we’re excited to officially reveal that we’ll be hitting the road with Amaranthe across Europe in October / November. Amaranthe has a similar relationship to their fans, and we know that this is going to be one of the most heartfelt and intimate tours ever. Opening band, Smash Into Pieces also brings their own style. Musically we complement each other to the point that the whole evening with all shows will be an adventure for the crowd. This isn’t only going to be memorable, people will say this is how all tours should be.”
Sonic Syndicate was formed in 2005 by guitarist and founding member Robin Sjunnesson, who at the time was just sixteen years old. Later that year the band released their debut album on a small independent US label, to be followed by their sophomore release ‘Only Inhuman’ via Nuclear Blast Records in 2007.
The band started to gain worldwide recognition and toured relentlessly, hitting the road with Nightwish, In Flames and Soilwork amongst others. This resulted in them scooping Best Newcomer at both the Swedish Metal Awards and Bandit Rock Awards 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2009 the band ran into a little turbulence and swiftly introduced their new singer by the name of Nathan J Biggs. Without delay the band jumped into the studio and recorded a new single, “Burn This City” which was released a few months later.
The band continued their winning streak, grabbing the Best Music Video and Best Swedish Group in 2010 (SWE).
.Their next album, 2011’s We Rule the Night’ was accompanied by an elaborate worldwide marketing campaign which resulted in first single “Revolution, Baby!” and also the album selling Gold in Sweden.
During this time Robin and Nathan formed an inseparable bond and shared the same vision of where they wanted to be in music. Although having enjoyed the journey so far they knew unless they fought to express themselves, Sonic Syndicate would always remain in the shadow of the aforementioned bands. This action lead to an extended break and ultimately a complete line-up change except for Nathan and Robin, who went on to record their self titled album “Sonic Syndicate” (2014) their last nod to heavy metal and final release under Nuclear Blast Records.
Touring bass player Michel Barzien was initiated as a full-member and the trio set their minds to creating a new sound and vowed to write only from the heart. The band signed a deal with Despotz Records and went directly in the studio to begin writing and demoing tracks.
Vocalist Nathan J Biggs comments:
“As you could imagine we are super excited to be signing to Despotz Records based here in Stockholm, Sweden, we couldn’t imagine a better place to call home. When the possibility of us working together first came up with this modern, creative & forward thinking team we pretty much had our mind set that this was where we belong. This is an exciting new chapter for both Sonic Syndicate and Despotz.”
In late June, 2016 the band entered Purple Skull Music to record their new album Confessions with producer Kritoffer Folin, the new album is set to be the bands most diverse and unique work to date.
Hard rock upstarts Red Tide Rising have enlisted the services of world class drummer Glendon Crain (John 5’s Loser, Hollywood Undead, gODHEAD) as they take to the road with Sevendust and Crobot. Crain fills in for the band’s regular drummer, Matt Guerin, who will be unable to join the band on this run due to his celebrating his honeymoon.
Kansas City native Crain began his music career with Capitol Records recording artists, The Feds, whom he played with from 1995 – 2001 before transitioning to the band Loser, featuring Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson guitarist, John 5. After his stint with Loser (2001 – 2004) he found himself doing time with goth metal act godHEAD from 2005 – 2007 after which Hollywood Undead came calling from 2008 – 2010. Glendon also formed but no longer plays with All Hail the Yeti. On teaming up with Red Tide Rising, he says, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to fill in on drums for Red Tide Rising, The resolve to create quality music is very apparent in this group and that in turn pushed me to bring out the best I’ve got. We hope to see you guys out on the road with Crobot and the mighty Sevendust!”
On Crain’s coming aboard for the run, guitarist, Andrew Whiteman says, “I’m super psyched to have Glen Crain filling in for us on this tour! He’s a badass drummer who also happens to be friends with our buddy Mike Luce from Drowning Pool and he’s a great fir for this run. He brings it every night and we mesh as if we have always been in a band together.”
Red Tide Rising’s ‘Voices’, which was produced by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce, is out now through Vanity Music Group. The Kill the Flaw 2016 Summer Tour dates are:
02 Aug – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
03 Aug – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
05 Aug – Sturgis, SD – Full Throttle
06 Aug – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
07 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09 Aug – Regina, SK CANADA – Conexus Convention Hall
10 Aug – Calgary, AB CANADA – Marquee
11 Aug – Edmonton, AB CANADA – The Ranch
12 Aug – Saskatoon, SK CANADA – Saskatoon Events Ctr
14 Aug – Winnipeg, MB CANADA – Burt Cummings Theatre
17 Aug – Toronto, ONT CANADA – The Opera House
Former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Sin is currently in a secret location working on her debut solo album which is being produced by longtime U.D.O. bassist, Fitty Wienhold. The as yet untitled album sees Liv working with two Swedish musicians in Per Bjelovuk on drums and Patrick Ankermark on guitars. The album will see a worldwide release in early 2017 through Swedish label, Despotz Records, with extensive touring expected after the album is released.
Liv says of the signing, “To me, signing with Swedish label Despotz feels great because I know they work a lot both internationally and here in Sweden. I think Despotz will give me the best start for my new band and for a successful future”.
Omer Akay from Despotz adds “Liv Sin’s presence as a strong front woman and her unique voice didn’t go unnoticed here at Despotz, and now it´s finally a dream come true to work with Liv Sin and take her music beyond the masses”.
From the dark beaches of south Sweden, Liv ”Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile tours supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of the Revolver magazine ”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour. Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.
When Sister Sin called it quits at the end of 2015, Liv knew that she had much more to give to her fans. From this, Liv Sin was born.
Swedish hard rock superstars Sonic Syndicate release the second single from their upcoming album, ‘Confessions.’
The single, “Confessions” is out today via Despotz Records and can be purchased here (iTunes link) and streamed here (Spotify link). Vocalist Nathan J. Biggs describes the song as, “something we all have, and we all have to do. We’ve all got talents, and we’ve all got sins… Just believe in yourself, bare all, and stop wasting time. Then you’re not gonna have regrets. It’s also about being frustrated with people who make excuses and not the change they want to be. We’re all guilty of this, but “Confessions” is a wake up call to snap out of it.”
The band also appear at the tenth anniversary of Tampere, Finland’s Lost in Music Festival tonight, alongside Finnish national acts Ikina, Nopsajalka, Evelina and others.
14 October sees the release of the band’s sixth album – and debut for Despotz Records – ‘Confessions.’ You can pre-order the album here (linkto: http://despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/sonic-syndicate)
Sonic Syndicate kicks off a European tour on 25 October in Hamburg, Germany with Amaranthe and Smash Into Pieces. The tour also makes stops in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia before wrapping up on 20 November at Simm City in Vienna, Austria.