Released: 2013, None
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Syphor was formed in 2007 in Dublin under the influence of acts such as Carcass and Slayer. “For What Remains is the second full length release from the Irish thrash metallers.
It’s fair to say that Syphor deals with a genre that will get credit from most metalheads, but it is also a genre where it is hard to stand out. Everybody does it and most bands does it well. To stand out you need a bit more than shredding riffs and a pitching vocal or you might end up as background music with no catchiness. This isn’t bad, but it isn't magnificent or outstanding either. There are some good riffs spread all over the record and the vocals might keep the record tight and fluent, but it gets a bit trivial.
The drums are a bit of an issue. A different recording and production would have suited the plain sounding drums that need some depth to it. Unfortunately it sounds like a rehearsal room recording and whether that was the band was aiming for or not, this is where the catchiness becomes an issue.
Syphor varies from sounding ambitious to mediocre death metal played by musicians who have dealt with this for a long time, but won’t really move forward. They know what they want, but this is neither dirty underground or mainstream and just sways in the boring middle.
Review by Ellen Norvang