SYDONIA – REALITY KICKS
Sydonia’s ‘Reality Kicks’ was an exciting album to make – it showcases big rock production values, and proves that magnitude of sound can be realised at Toyland. The band wanted to strike a balance between really using studiocraft, and keeping those techniques transparent and unobtrusive, and the reviews are showing we achieved that.
“It all sounds natural and beautifully put together … They don’t hide behind over production or rely on programmed drums and keyboard lines. What’s recorded is what you are gonna hear live.” [Rock Revolt Magazine]
“The songs are strong. Nuclear strength in fact… There is also musicianship of the highest order and production that is neither too slick nor too raw.” [Rod Whitfield, Beat]
“Sydonia may appear to mix too many ingredients in the pot, but they are masters at balancing it all out so that nothing sounds out of place, and it couldn’t possibly sound sweeter.” [Christine Caruna, Loud Mag]
The band gave a beautiful shout out on the production in an interview with Rod Whitfield for Heavy Magazine. “… the boys have nothing but the highest praise for the studio and the main engineer there. ‘Adam Calaitzis at Toyland is really quite creative when it comes to the mixing process,’ Sydonia frontman Dana Roskvist praises. ‘There’s a lot to take in when you’re sitting there. Sometimes it can be a bit of a shock to the system when it sounds different, and you gotta give it a bit to grow on you… But yeah, I think he’s doing a fantastic job.‘” [Heavy Magazine]
Sydonia are touring Australia wide through May until July to promote the album; during this time they will also be playing national support for Lamb Of God on their Australian tour. A very successful Pozible campaign raised eight grand for the band, which will fund the filming of a documentary of the ‘Reality Kicks’ tour.
This album also achieved recognition in the “end of year – best of” charts.
★ Higgo from Triple M Distortion radio show rated Reality Kicks at # 3 on his favorite albums of 2014
★ Andrew Haug from online radio andrewhaug.com also rated Reality Kicks as his #3 Australian Album for 2014
★ Website metalasfuck.net also gave this album some love placing Reality Kicks at #15 on their Top 25 Australian Metal Releases of 2014
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