Svengali are a band from the United Arab Emirates that plays a mixture of industrial and metalcore and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Unscathed".
A very dark, heavy and distorted sound starts off the ep along with some powerful sounding bass guitars before going more into a hardcore direction along with some aggressive vocals and after awhile more melody is added into the music along with some clean singing vocals and you can also hear some atmospheric sounds being utilized in the background.
Most of the music sticks mostly to a slow or mid paced direction and after awhile you can hear some spoken word parts along wit h small amounts of clean playing in certain sections of the recording and when leads and solos are utilized they enhance the melodic elements that are present on the ep and one of the tracks sees the band adding in female vocals and more industrial sounds and keyboards are added into t he music as the ep progresses. and the last track also sees acoustic guitars being brought into the music
Svengali plays a very melodic style of modern metalcore with elements of industrial and while their sound is not very original they still pull off this style very well, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and real life themes.
In my opinion Svengali are a very decent sounding mixture of metalcore and industrial and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ophidia" "Embrace" and "Free Fall". 7/5 out of 10.