AOTY 2021
Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2019 Ratings: #300
Liked by 3 people
Sign In to rate and review
Where am I? How did I get here? Syntheosis has brought me to a strange, alien planet of which I know nothing about. And I know that could be said about thousands of other generic space rock-inspired doom metal albums, but Syntheosis is special. It's pummeling, unrelentingly heavy, and envelops the listener in a psychedelic veil of noise that's difficult to separate from reality. This is more than just an album--it's a world of its own, completely separate from the Earth we know. The atmosphere ... read more
Waste of Space Orchestra was born from a collaboration between two Finnish bands: Oranssi Pazuzu and his psychedelic black metal associated with Dark Buddha Rising and his psychedelic drone. Originally, this collaboration was conceived for the sole purpose of performing at the famous Roadburn Festival. But the collective felt the need to share with the people this new project. Waste Of Space Orchestra materialized into an album, the symbiosis of two styles into a common vision, ... read more
This might be the best metal album of the year to be honest.
As one of the reviews from this album says, this is a world on its own. It's an immersive experience mostly composed of space atmospheres and sludge metal riffs, but it's hard to describe this sound to new listeners due to its numerous influences, ranging from black metal to avant-garde.
This album feels really massive and impressive for sure, but I cannot find tons of enjoyment out of it. Ultimately it's a lot of standard riffing with pretty stale production. There's just no compelling atmosphere built here even though that's clearly what they're going for. I wish this hit home for me but after numerous listens I'm ending up pretty lukewarm on it.
Purchasing Syntheosis from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Contributions By
patton, Toasterqueen12, alicore

Added on: January 6, 2019