Traced In Air

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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. BUY OR DIE!!

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Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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Great album by superbly talented musicians. The songs are excellently crafted (nothing approaching a weak track exists on this CD) with the death vocals kept to a minimum. The only nitpick I have (and this is really minor) is that the album is short (32 minutes). That said, it's not the quantity it's the quality and quality is there in a big way. Hopefully we won't have to wait 15 years for the next release! Mike
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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This album (or is it just a long EP?) kicks ass start to finish. At only 33 minutes, it's way too short but damn if you don't get your money's worth. The music really defies categorization although the closest I can come up with is prog metal with jazz and prog rock leanings. Simply mesmerizing and will occupy a special place in my CD player for a long time. Get it before it's gone forever! Leyth
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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Album of the year. End of discussion.
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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This disc was strongly "pimped" on the ProgPower Forum, so I checked it out. After several listens and a few days to digest it, I've come to a conclusion. This is simply not my cup of tea whatsoever! The music is very close to early Opeth, another band which I don't care for. In addition, there's a strong jazz influence prevalent in the song writing, which again, is a turn off to me. Lastly, there's a mix of clean and death vox, which doesn't bother me these days. With that said, it doesn't add much to the music for me. Lastly, I can understand all of you progheads diggin' this, but beware if you you're a casual prog fan like myself.
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Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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Great album by superbly talented musicians. The songs are excellently crafted (nothing approaching a weak track exists on this CD) with the death vocals kept to a minimum. The only nitpick I have (and this is really minor) is that the album is short (32 minutes). That said, it's not the quantity it's the quality and quality is there in a big way. Hopefully we won't have to wait 15 years for the next release! Mike
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
Rate: 
0
This album (or is it just a long EP?) kicks ass start to finish. At only 33 minutes, it's way too short but damn if you don't get your money's worth. The music really defies categorization although the closest I can come up with is prog metal with jazz and prog rock leanings. Simply mesmerizing and will occupy a special place in my CD player for a long time. Get it before it's gone forever! Leyth
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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Album of the year. End of discussion.
Tue, 2010-06-08 10:01
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0
This disc was strongly "pimped" on the ProgPower Forum, so I checked it out. After several listens and a few days to digest it, I've come to a conclusion. This is simply not my cup of tea whatsoever! The music is very close to early Opeth, another band which I don't care for. In addition, there's a strong jazz influence prevalent in the song writing, which again, is a turn off to me. Lastly, there's a mix of clean and death vox, which doesn't bother me these days. With that said, it doesn't add much to the music for me. Lastly, I can understand all of you progheads diggin' this, but beware if you you're a casual prog fan like myself.
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