"Love and Other Disasters" (Nuclear Blast; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Swedish metalcore sextet Sonic Syndicate portray the perfect product of their environment as "Love and Other Disasters" carefully follows templates from the genre's commercial successes to comprise this band's by the book sound.

Tracks like "Contradiction" easily fit somewhere on the Bullet for My Valentine radar, while the pseudo-ballad "My Escape" and "Damage Control" takes the keyboards out for a spin for a trip reminiscent of Scar Symmetry or Bleeding Through.

Sonic Syndicate's solid yet completely unoriginal metalcore grows weary after a few spins, but won't tire those entrenched in flavor of the week mallcore.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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