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'88 DEMO



Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.13 | 14 ratings

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2 stars Cynic '1988 Demo' 2 stars

Cynic; a band who is now known as a legendary death metal/jazz fusion act reached new heights in music with their debut album 'Focus'. It was not from humble beginnings though. The band was formed by the friendship Paul Masvidal (guitar) and Sean Reinert (drums). On this recording Mark Van Erp joined on bass while Jack Kelly is on vocals.

This release is more thrash metal than anything else. The musicianship is above par though in comparison to that genre. It is clear though, that drummer Sean Reinert is well above not only standard musicianship in thrash, but just about any genre. He was already proficient since his first official recording. This recording is very comparable to some of early 'Death' work. It seems only natural that the founding members of this band would appear on the line-up for Death's 'Human' album many years later.

Anyway, this album is mostly a thrash metal album with death metal vocals. Occasionally, Paul Masvidal will throw in a nice solo which are the highlights shared by Sean's incredible drums. Only a collector's item naturally, and good luck finding it if you want to buy it.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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