EPK – Synastry – Dividing The Double Helix (EP) 2021
Publicist – Jon Asher – asher[@]ashermediarelations[.]com
“We are very excited to be able to release this EP as the second in the string of releases coming from Synastry since our renaissance in 2020. Listeners will love the hooks and the musicianship on these songs, as they are 3 songs selected to keep you going back to listen and relisten to. We believe in the strength of all 3 of these songs, that can all stand as singles on their own. Putting the 3 of them together only underlines how strong they are ‘Dividing The Double Helix’ is an EP that will grab you and won’t let go!” – Synastry
EP Title: Dividing The Double Helix
Release Date: March 26, 2021
For fans Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Within The Ruins, Fear Factory, Slipknot
“This new song (Dead To Me) is a short, sharp kick to the head — and it does kick like a furious mule, albeit a massive and mechanized one. The music is fast and ferocious, loaded with pulse-rifle riffs and hammering drums, blaring chords and squirming arpeggios, booming bass and a mix of serrated-edge growls and incendiary screams. The music is heavy-grooved, with a bit of a start-stop quality that hints at industrial influences to go along with the death/thrashing momentum, and also effectively creates an atmosphere of menace and mayhem. It may bring memories of Lamb of God to mind as well as Fear Factory.” – No Clean Singing (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
“This EP contains lyrics that people from all walks of life can relate to and shines a much-needed light on each individual’s importance in the grand scheme. Given the year we have had collectively, this is one new age metal album that the world needed. If you’re looking for a futuristic metal EP with a deeper meaning, “Civilization’s Coma” is a must listen.” 10.10 – Metal Temple (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
“The hammer blow that is “Dead to Me” was the first single, front loaded with schizophrenic riffs and jack hammer footwork Synastry have wasted no time in delivering something that is straight to the point with vicious intent. There is even time for blast beats and some Godflesh inspired industrial noises that frame and enhance segments. Aniston has the power to manipulate his voice to create a number of different voices with the use of pitching and on the ripper that is “Narcomancy“, he sounds like he’s going slowly insane.” – Metal Noise (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
“James Aniston’s throat abrasions are raucous and psychopathic at the same time, boiling with anger and imperious might. The double-kick triplets of Kay Kessler’s drum patterns follow the syncopated guitar chugs in perfect time. Everything clicks into place like a torture machine from a Hellraiser film” – Scream Blast Repeat (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
“Synastry deliver their brand of classic death metal with an industrial twist. The result is a Thrashy head-long experiment into the brutal and somewhat futuristic. Musically tight and heavy with mean riffs, Synastry try to head into a new direction for Metal.” – Sea of Tranquility (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
“Montreal-based metal maulers Synastry play a brutal yet groovy style of death metal with fringes of industrial that recall bands such as Fear Factory and Killing Joke with the savagery of acts like Kataklysm.” – Gears of Rock (2020 Review – Civilization’s Coma)
The EP as a whole: A fast-paced groove fest that will hook you from the first note and make you bang your head throughout
Track by Track:
1. Dividing The Double Helix
The title track is all about how I (James Aniston) have always been curious about what I am and how I have become what and who I am. There are so many reasons why we become what we are, and we can never know what they all truly are.
The second track is about programming yourself thru auto-suggestion and the emptiness that comes with the accomplishment of your goals. The never-ending grind of working to meet your goals without reflection on who you are as a person is a dangerous game that you can lose yourself in.
3. Assembly Line Asylum
The final track is about the process of creation and replication, and how everyone can make different versions of themselves in order to better deal with a given situation.
BAND STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS
1. Guitars, drums, and bass were tracked with JF Dagenais. Vocals were tracked by Christian Donaldson. Samples were done with Kevin Jardine. The mixing was all done by JF Dagenais and the mastering was done by Jef Fortin. We chose the cream of the crop when we recorded and got this amazing result.
2. The lyrical concept for this EP and the rest of the EPs we are planning on releasing are written from the viewpoint of the individual’s view of themselves in relation to society. The hope that the individual can take the responsibility to be ‘better’ for the whole while not compromising their own wants, needs, and beliefs. Inspiration is drawn from James’ life and things he has seen his friends and family live through.
3. The lyrics for these songs and all other SYNASTRY songs to be released all find themselves in a kind of disjointed tapestry that follows an ever-growing story.
EP Title: Dividing The Double Helix
Release Date: March 26, 2021
1. Dividing The Double Helix (3:37)
2. Cryolife (4:04)
3. Assembly Line Asylum (5:02)
EP Length: 12:44
• All songs performed by: SYNASTRY
• All songs written by: SYNASTRY
• Produced by: JF Dagenais, Christian Donaldson, Kevin Jardine
• Mixed by: JF Dagenais
• Mastered by: Jef Fortin
• EP Artwork by: Mikio Murakami
• Members of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
EP /Live Band Line Up:
Paul Iverson – Guitar
Gary Vee – Bass
Kay Kessler – Drums
James Aniston – Vocals
Photo Credit – Chris Alexis
It takes courage for a band to integrate such distinct thrash, death, and industrial influences into a catchy yet multilayered approach as do Montreal’s Synastry.
Each metal listener desires something different and thus a band exists for every taste. Inspired to a certain point by melodic, futuristic death thrash, Synastry binds to these influences a threatening mid-paced groove, atmospheric textures, and the unmistakable gruff and mature vocals of James Aniston. Flanked by guitarist Paul Iverson and bassist Gary Vee, and backed up by the thunderous Kay Kessler, Synastry is a crushing wall of well thought out and meticulously written metal. Lyrics come from Aniston’s impression of the world and his experiences in it which are layered with the collaborative music that all band members contribute to.
Started originally in the early 00s, the Montreal band took the underground scene by storm, they climbed the Myspace ranks, toured the regions, and released “Pallets Of My New World” (2006) (EP) and Blind Eyes Bleed (2008) (LP). In 2012, the band went dormant, where they remained until 2020 and awakened the world with the rumbling sounds of their resurrection in the form of EP “Civilization’s Coma”. Its mission amidst the widespread uncertainty of Covid times was to sweep the globe and to explore humanity, the singularity, and its morality.
Just like a rising phoenix, Synastry continues to burn its flames by kicking off 2021 with another EP.
Entitled “Dividing The Double Helix”, the EP is three tracks best described as a fast-paced groove fest that will once again hook fans from the first note and make you bang your head throughout. It’s simply heavy groovy brutality!
“We hope to give fans more of what they are used to from us, without rehashing old ideas. Thematically these 3 songs are similar to Civilization’s Coma EP, but the delivery is different. The lyrics from these three new tracks are very personal to me. It comes from my impression of how I feel I fit in the modern world, and how I see myself.” says vocalist James Aniston.
“Dividing The Double Helix” is due out March 26, 2021.
2021 – Dividing The Double Helix (EP)
2020 – Civilization’s Coma (EP)
2008 – Blind Eyes Bleed (Year of the Sun Records)
2006 – Pallets of My New World (EP)
Shared Stage with:
Incantation Blessed By a Broken Heart, Rotting Christ, Panzerfaust & Protokult, The Agonist, Forever In Terror
Tours and Festivals:
2009 – Synastry Maritime Tour
2008 – Synastry maritime Tour
2008 – Blind Eyes Bleed Cross Canada Tour
2008 – Hamilton Death Fest 08 w/ Incantation – Kitchener, ON
2007 – Plagueous Black Metal Fest w/ Panzerfaust & Protokult, Toronto, ON
2007 – Moshcore – Montreal, QC
2007 – Shennan Grind Fest
2007 – Skratch Laval Rock Festival