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on February 15, 2015
The progenitors of prog are back with another collection of trippy and rhythmic songs. Long gone now is pretty much any metal influence or vocal gruffness - this release is entirely in the realm of Sean Malone's bass driven, fusion jazz progressive rock. In essence the tendencies they moving toward on Traced In Air are now predominant. Masvidal keeps the vocals light and somewhat distorted at times so without the lyric sheet it's really hard to understand the words. Even so, with lyric sheet in hand, these words are completely over my head. Fortunately, the best part of Cynic and the one that doesn't change (in a good way) is drummer Sean Reinert. His polyrhythms and syncopation keep the music flowing in a positive direction even when it wants to bog down in excessive "trippiness." The song "Infinite Shades" exhibits the kind of work that has made this band unique, with the fluctuations in intensity and dynamics. These ideas are nicely continued on "Moon Heart Sun Head" which showcases some more aggressive guitar and drum work. Overall, for me, there just isn't enough substance here to really "get ahold of" so despite repeated listens I don't think this is as any of the prior works. Die-hard fans - and particularly those of the band's more recent incarnation - will likely want to obtain this, but even fans of progressive rock in general may find this a bit too musically (and certainly lyrically) esoteric for regular listening. I love the musicians and I like this music plenty enough, but it takes multiple spins over a longer period of time to really appreciate what's going on here.
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on March 4, 2015
It's a straight up prog rock album, accessible to fans of aggressive playing without being too heavy, boring, or "out there" to necessarily end up as an instant turn off to anyone from a different spectrum of the genre. If you're expecting a Focus era sound you'll likely be disappointed but in my opinion it's true to the band. Overall it's a well written album with stand out playing and solid on the riffage. Basically I'd expect to hear this kind of material played in the overheads of a musical instrument shop without anyone complaining and likely gaining some attention.
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on August 4, 2017
Standard purchase.
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on May 4, 2015
The musicianship is great, of course. I like that they're expanding their sound. There are some truly beautiful moments on this album and a few good riffs. I'll be honest though, I think their mellow side is more enjoyable and interesting than the heavier side on this album, with the exception on Endlessly Bountiful - which falls flat, in my opinion. Not great, but a solid release.
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on October 1, 2014
Wasn't what I expexcted, but, after a few spins this album has quickly jumped to the top of my favorites list. The whole band is on it's A - game. If you are into genuine music with musicians playing real instruments this is worth MANY listens. Spectacular!
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on April 12, 2014
Love this band. Not heavy but makes up for it by the strong lyrics and technical playing while still retaining some soul. This is a very positive and thought provoking album imo. Has kind of a introspective vibe to it. Highly recommended for progressive metal fans.
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on March 23, 2014
beautiful imagery, both externally, and internally. Cynic's sonic evolution through the decades is non-linear, it's ever reaching like the roots of a well nurtured tree. I love this album.
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on April 12, 2015
the sound & music are excellent . 5 stars
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on May 2, 2015
love this group and this record
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on December 11, 2014
more of a alternative feel but really cool I like
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