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SHURICOON Fav tracks: "Antihero" & "Threshold Rider". Also cool: "Universal Calling". Favorite track: Antihero.
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Fidencio Perez The raw emotions conveyed through simple and complex sounds and melodies releases the inner demons and angels simultaneously making you feel vulnerable and invincible. Unique, familiar and new all in one. Absolutely and easily one of my favorites. :) Favorite track: Oxidation.
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Phatgameboy I love The Syntax Sin Tax because he defies to be different and the style is so poetic. I can't wait for more music! Favorite track: Eclipsed.
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Eclipsed 03:58
Antihero 02:36
To Arms 03:55
Shimmer 07:06
Oxidation 03:51
Positron 05:17
Hidden 04:30


Eucatastrophe -noun
definition: A sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending. -Oxford Dictionary

“[Eucatastrophe] does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, “On Fairy-Stories”

The Syntax Sin Tax's latest album, "Eucatastrophe," combines the sounds of the Famicom's 2A03 microchip with a variety of heavy metal and rock guitar styles. This new release manages to strike an effective balance between catchy melodies and rhythmic intensity, which ultimately culminates in the 17-plus minute progressive chipmetal exploration that is the album's final eponymous track. Built around the theme of finding hope when all seems lost and life in the midst of death, the sprawling "Eucatastrophe" represents The Syntax Sin Tax's most daring, technical, and personal work to date. 

All songs were written with FamiTracker and recorded through an authentic AV Famicom system (the Japanese version of the NES). Drum samples sequenced through 2A03 DPCM channel. Guitar, additional elements, mixing, and mastering in Cubase.


released August 11, 2015


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The Syntax Sin Tax Buena Park, California

The Syntax Sin Tax is a chiptune/synth music project helmed by Steven Hendren of southern California, USA. Incorporating sounds from the Nintendo NES/Famicom, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color game systems, the primary focus of the Syntax's music is on creating intensely melodic and emotive retro-style chiptunes that mix a variety of musical influences into a dynamic and energetic auditory fusion. ... more

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