Traced in Air [VINYL] Limited Edition
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This is the second album of Cynic coming after their recent reunion, a band generally described as progressive metal which I guess is a rather good description although it relinquishes to mention so much of the depths of this band. It would be easy to not bother checking this out thinking "Oh progressive metal, more showing off from dream theater clones" but dont let that be the case. This album is acutely musical, warm and textured. There is no showing off here!
Here is a breakdown of the tracks:
01. Nunc Fluens - This isa complex soundscape that develops rhythmically. Nicly put together and introduces alot about the ablum in a fairly brief way and takes us to the start of the album proper with aplomb.
02. The Space for This - Starting with a soft guitar part this quickly develops into an exciting piece of music. The musicianship is excellent and the use of varied textures marked here with the regular return of the guitar part.
03. Evolutionary Sleeper - This is for me the standout track. I absolutly love the complexity of the guitar and rhythm section put against the tend and beautiful melody of the evolutionary sleeper. The solo is inspired, this really showcases the bands ability to move from energetic to delecate.
04. Integral Birth - This has a deffinate lilt of the classical composition around it. Which is interesting because the lyrical ideas are deffinately very philisophical in their inception. The hand over to the next song is very striking here with Integral Birth fading and as the volume rises from this fall the next track ensues.
05. The Unknown Guest - Another cleverly textured and contrasting track.Read more ›
Clean vocals are the main type expressed here with the odd harsh bellow thrown in and the guitars plunge from heavy to light and fast as a coyote in freefall.
The one main fault is that is all over so soon,but i have pressed play again many times with this album and i recommend it to you,dont be a balloon.
If you like your metal technical, thoughtful, and just downright unique, then get this album. You won't be disappointed.
Cynic, whose '93 debut was hailed as a landmark album for it's technical brilliance and its blend of jazz, metal, progressive and more quiet, new age like passages, differs from most bands in the genre. As their wellwritten lyrics are steeped in Eastern spirituality, guitarist Paul Masvidal inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda, and wouldn't sound out of place on any new age album.
This their second album, uniting Masvidal with the formidable rythm section of Sein Reinert and Shawn Malone, is really a refinement of their groundbreaking debut. The technical level highly impressive. What seperates it from the first is the dominant role of the mellotronlike keyboards and the relative subdued role of Malone. They also excels - like Canvas Solaris and Opeth - in going from the beautiful and introspective to the loud and aggresive in a blink of an eye. Making a very varied and compelling mixture of different moods.
Reminding me of Kip Hanrahan's words: "Each single day has just enough cruelty within/To make them perfect and right/Each single day has just enough dark deep within/To make it perfect and light".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just wanted to quickly review this album giving it 5 stars. It's a perfect album and I wish they released more music, so if you're reading this Cynic, get on with it, because your... Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by The Punisher
This is my first contact with Cynic music. Album "Traced In The Air" is very good mix of metal, jazz and "pink floyd" feeling and is not only for metal fans. Read morePublished on 11 July 2009 by Omar Kudovic
I practically wore through my vinyl copy of Focus and so was shocked when this turned up after over a decade! Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2009 by Mr. M. L. Hanford