This band's official website proudly proclaims Neglected Fields
to be "Latvia's finest technical death metal band".
It's hard to argue with this, since yes, they are from Latvia,
they do indeed play technical death metal, and frankly there
aren't a lot of other Latvian death metal bands at the moment
to contend for the title of "finest".
The band formed in 1995 and by 1998 had recorded their debut
, interestingly released on the famous British
label Neat Records (interesting in that this band sounds nothing
like anything else Neat has ever released).
Anytime the phrase "technical death metal" is mentioned bands
are invariably mentioned, and sure enough those two bands are
good reference points when describing Synthinity
arguably the arrangements here aren't quite as mature as those
by the aformentioned influences.
There is considerable musical talent here, and the songs twist
and turn, but too often the songs seem to have too many
unrelated riffs strung together, resulting in a rather unfocused
sound (an exception is a pretty cool cover of "Breathe" by The
By contrast, the band's second album, Mephisto Lettonica
displays quite a bit of growth.
They are still rooted in technical death metal, but the
addition of keyboards have helped to fill out their sound
(and, at times, give a slight black metal flavor to the
The arrangements are now more broad but also more cohesive, and
the aforementioned comparisons to Cynic and Atheist really
don't apply anymore
(among other reasons, the fusion influence of those bands is
not found here).
is a healthy improvement over the debut, and a fine
example of technically-minded symphonic death metal.
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