Fusing together 1970’s occult rock influences with huge stadium rock production and psychedelic prog soundscapes – Ukrainian Rock trio Sinoptik manage to pay homage to the classic era of rock bands whilst injecting a contemporary edge that makes their songs truly unforgettable, but also unmistakably Sinoptik.
Influenced by acts such as Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, what SINOPTIK manage to bring to the table sonically is not only a brilliantly executed album, but also a record full of emotion, good intention and intimate lyrics seldom heard in this genre.
Lead by their thirst to compose larger than life rock songs with meaning behind them – SINOPTIK learned to adapt to their surroundings and adopted a strong DIY attitude when it comes to making their music. With four albums under their belt, countless live shows in their home country and even winning the ‘Best Band In The World’ Award at the 2016 ‘Global Battle of The Bands’ in Berlin, Germany – they are finally ready to step into the international spotlight with the release of The Calling.
From the upbeat metaphoric rock anthem Apple Tree, to the nine minute long ballad The Call, to their most recent single Sell God’s Number, where the video was filmed at the Korostyshev Boarding School for children with mental and physical disabilities – it’s clear that the band members have a lot to get off their chests and are not afraid to say and play it loud.
Hailing from the conflict ridden region of Donetsk, Ukraine, alongside their friends in the groove metal band JINJER, the band chose to move to the Kiev in search of a safer and more secure life, but the scars of political conflict followed them. This strange paradox of being a stranger in their own country is documented in their first single Black Soul Man, a song that not only oozes a 70’s classic occult rock vibe but speaks directly about the oppression, mistreatment and constant misunderstanding they are confronted with on a daily basis.
The Calling was produced and recorded in their own studio by singer/guitarist Dmitriy Afanasiev and the record is more of a concept album for him. “For me the songs, as well as the title are like a reminder for every traveler, warrior, driver, doctor, or even parent … that when you leave, there is someone waiting for you when you get to where you are going. If you lose someone dear to you, remind yourself that they are waiting for you to catch up. That’s The Calling.”
Dmitry also adds, “It’s also a story about a man, who strived to achieve his dream his whole life, but when he finally reached it, he realized that in the race to get there that he didn’t pay attention to the important things in his life. Each song describes various life cycles / life stages of this main hero. From his childhood up until reaching his dream. And in the end it is unclear, whether he will die or hear the call… That’s also The Calling… That’s the universe doing its thing.”
SINOPTIK have certainly made an album that is so musically refreshing and lyrically pure that it will surely become a classic album in more than a few tours around the globe.
SINOPTIK – THE CALLING out now via ONErpm worldwide.
Dmitriy Afanasiev – guitar, keys, vox.
Ruslan Babayev – drums
Aleksandr Savin – bass