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DEMO 1991



Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.03 | 11 ratings

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3 stars This is a very interesting demo for Cynic fans. This demo is somewhere between the regular technical death metal from the Tampa scene and Cynic's extreme intepretation of fusion. Two of the three songs that are featured on this demo will eventually end on Focus, but they are without the clean vocoder vocals and with less pure fusion interludes. Masvidal's vocals are surprisingly good. He doesn't sing on this demo, all the lyrics are grunted. This is top notch technical death metal played by some great musicians, and I would have been very happy if Cynic decided to record a full album at this point. It depends on what you prefer: if you don't like the vocoder and the less heavy parts on Focus and would like a more brutal version of Cynic, this demo is certainly for you. If you only like Cynic's comeback, you'd better stay away from this.

The only thing that keeps this demo from getting four stars is well, it's a demo. It is short (12 minutes) and the production could be better. I like this kind of production, you can hear every instrument clearly and it adds something to the death metal sound, but it is definitely not for audiophiles.

This is not something for completionists, it really offers something extra. This demo is well worth a listen.

MeThos_valdroa | 3/5 |


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