Cynic - Traced in Air

SKU 28-SEM36182.2
Something pretty different for us but also something that is of very high quality and that I've been playing pretty constantly since getting a sample of this about a month ago. Founded in 1987, Cynic distinguished themselves for their unique (for the time) combination of extremely proficient metal with progressive rock and even fusion leanings. The band made one album called "Focus" in the early 1990s, did a European tour and then broke up in 1993. Now 15 years later, (almost all of) the original band return and this is a great, modern technical metal disc with good singing and good musical ideas. I'll let Ken take over now...

"Fantasy becomes reality - after 15 years Cynic has returned with their second album and it does not disappoint on any level. Traced In Air is not a rehash of Focus. Instead it sounds like Cynic...15 years later. You can hear commonality with Focus but its a further evolution. Paul Masvidal downplays the death vocals (although present). The mechanical vocal processing reappears as a wink and a nod to the old days. Reinert and Malone are as titanic a rhythm section as any in metal. Jason Gobel did not return but new guitarist Tymon Kruidenier is a more than able replacement. His former band Exivious was heavily influenced by Cynic - in other words he groks it completely. Compositionally its right up there with Focus - a unique mix of technical metal with fusion underpinnings. Lots of bands are influenced by Cynic but no one sounds quite like them. Traced In Air is pure alchemy. This will top most year end best-of lists and rightfully so. An album that will be talked about for years to come."-Ken Golden
  • LabelSeason of Mist
  • UPC822603618228
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I bought this album last week from you guys and it's stunning! I am a fan of Cynic's first and this release is just as beautiful and well written as Focus. You will not be disappointed with this purchase!
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