As much as I enjoy the album there is one glaring flaw that I feel in a way holds the band back. I'm not a huge fan of criticizing smaller bands that don't really have access to the a ton of funds but in this case I feel like it's worth mentioning because the band really has potential to break out. That issue is the production. While everything comes through clear and nothing is layered to overpower something else, there's a tinny sound to everything. It often doesn't hit as hard as it feels like it could. This is especially evident with some of the grander vocal moments, the more potent guitar riffs, and mostly with the drums. While it doesn't ruin the experience I can't help but feel like better production could help propel the band. Like I said I can respect the DIY nature of the sound and that the band probably doesn't have a ton of money to spend here but Hopefully for their full length there's a bit of polish added.
Death Saddle Syndicate were totally unexpected for me. I expected to find a local band I hated (if you haven't noticed by now I have very little faith in my local music scene) and yet found one that managed to impress me on all fronts. While I feel like the production is holding them back a bit, it in no way puts a damper on the overall fun experience of the this album. It's classic hard rock that manages to stand out.