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  • Vinyl (July 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B001O5EH22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited 180gm clear vinyl pressing of the Death Metal band's 2008 release in gatefold sleeve. When the legendary U.S. band Cynic announced their reunion in 2007, all hell broke loose and their dedicated fans, as well as the press, sang their praises. Traced In Air comes with all the trademarks that gained the band their well deserved cult-status with only one album released: Extreme Metal riffing is fused with the rhythmical intricacy of Jazz and the melodic complexity of Progressive Rock. Traced In Air witnesses the band ascending to an even higher spiritual level of musicianship, which reveals all their accumulated experiences and accomplishments of years spend composing and performing in other constellations. Mathematical melodies pearl over oscillating soundscapes in glorious moments of pain and joy joining somewhere out in space: a monument of pure fascination!

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15 years waiting for the second album has really worth it.
Jose Maria
Its music is Technical Metal, which mean, constant change in harmony, melody, air, dynamic and all kind of element and expression of music.
I love it, and I think I'm going to go listen to it again now.
Brian Rooney

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rooney on November 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Cynic's "Focus" was an under-the-radar cult phenomenon that changed the shape of modern metal. Nobody had ever produced a CD that sounded even remotely like it before, and truly no one has since. Technical and Progressive Metals have grown and matured and played off of ideas expressed on that disc for over a decade, but not a single band (even Dream Theater, Spiral Architect, Canvas Solaris, Symphony X, Redemption, Aghora, Zero Hour, Blotted Science, etc) has ever equalled the musicianship and pure strangitude that was Cynic. They are not the only fathers of this genre, but they are more relevant than many are aware. That these musicians are together again after 15 years is awesome.

Ok, this is not Focus. If you thought it was going to be, you should have paid more attention to the words on the cover.

This is Traced in Air. And it is amazing. It is multilayered, beautifully produced and shockingly arranged. On my first listens I wasn't sure what to make of it, but that was equally true with Focus. As I hear it more, I am strongly feeling that it will actually eclipse its predecessor in my appreciation. Where Focus expanded on traditional songwriting structures with unheard of melodic layers and exotic effects, Traced in Air completely obliterates those structures from the very start. Here is the simple fact, from one who makes his living selling music, specializing in progressive rock and metal: I've heard most of what is out there, and there is nothing else like this.

Does that mean you'll like it? I don't know. It requires patience. It requires an open mind. It helps to have a metaphysical bone or two already. You probably won't move much the first time you hear it. Masvidal does not care what you think of it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Boris Kaplun on January 14, 2009
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After reading some of the reviews of this album across the Internet, you might get the idea that Cynic have turned into some kind of emo collective vice a band that ever had anything to do with metal. That's certainly the impression that I had before the album finally arrived at my door. I was actually sort of reluctant to listen to it for the first time in fear of how utterly awful it would be. However, after having actually listened, I can only assume that such sentiments were sourced from extreme skepticism and/or pessimism towards the band's ability (or inability) to faithfully follow up on their moderately overstated debut, as opposed to any kind of objective reality. I mean, While it isn't really a note for note reiteration of Focus, Traced in Air sounds like - for better or worse - exactly what I would have expected a second Cynic album to sound like.

On one hand, you have just about everything in this album that solidified Cynic as a "unique" metal band back in 1993. The robotic vocals, unorthodox compositions, strange guitar solos, melodic bass presence, organic drumming, overly spiritual lyricism, excruciatingly detailed cover art, and so forth. Even the running time is about as pathetically short as that of their first album, Focus. The simple catch is that the degrees of emphasis that the band has placed on these elements have changed somewhat. Primarily, the guitars are focused on melody over riffing, and the vocals are now almost entirely sung in that clean, processed voice - the rasps are still there, but they sort of just meld into the music and fade away to the point of being barely noticeable. The production is modern and clean, which as far as I'm concerned can only benefit a band when the musical focus is atmosphere and technical intricacy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on November 26, 2008
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This is an amazing album and is for anyone who appreciates complex, melodic music. It is not "Focus 2," so if that's what you're expecting, forget it. This album sounds like a band who has taken 15 years to mature as musicians and song writers and aren't concerned about sounding metal for the sake of it. This album is a 34 minute auditory epic journey and I love it every step of the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anon on January 29, 2010
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Being a big fan of metal, my initial reaction to Traced in Air was negative. Cynic was never super brutal or heavy, but they had a death metal edge on their first album that is missing on this one. In fact, it sounded at first like emo-influenced prog-metal, and struck me as less adventurous than the jazz-death-metal of Focus.

But after a few listens, I stopped caring. The songwriting on the album is just that good. Whereas some of the riffs on Focus's songs were unmemorable, every single riff on Traced in Air is golden. The instrumentation is intricate, and the music is passionate. Just like on Focus, the lyrics are very spiritual (with plenty of influence from Hinduism and Indian spiritual philosophy in general). I am not a spiritual person, but these are some really good lyrics. The production is surprisingly good, and does not suffer from the usual clipping that plagues many modern rock/metal releases.

There are a lot of music artists who make emotional music. But very few of these artists are able to support such emotionality with appropriately gripping music (hence why I'm not a fan of emo or any whiny music for that matter). But Cynic did it on Traced in Air. You have to give this album a chance. It's practically a spiritual experience, and one of the best albums of the decade.
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why is this limited?
The first run of CYNIC's "Traced in Air" CD will be a limited-edition hard cover digipack with the cover artwork embossed to further showcase the beautiful cover by renowned artist Robert Venosa, as well as eight original pieces of art paired with the eight songs found on the album.... Read More
Oct 15, 2008 by Nehemoth |  See all 10 posts
I just have to ask one question...
As a matter of fact TiA is my favorite for album of the year, also return of the year for Cynic.
Is something spiritually, I don't exactly my feeling but so many emotions can not be describe with simple words. Its just magic.
I have heard TiA more that 13 times just today, since the leak I had... Read More
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