Header

THE CYNIC

Guillotine

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Guillotine The Cynic album cover
4.00 | 3 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy GUILLOTINE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Alchemy :Tears of Despair 08:12
2. Upon My Return 04:40
3. To the Heavens 05:53
4. Revisting Faith 06:49
5. Dystopia 06:07
6. The Final Siege 06:02
7. Crave 09:14
Total playing time 46:57

Lyrics

Search GUILLOTINE The Cynic lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search GUILLOTINE The Cynic tabs

Line-up / Musicians

Karan Nambiar - Vocals
Nabam Takar - Guitar
Rohit Bhattacharya - Bass
Manav Chauhan - Keyboards
Kabir Mahajan - Drums

Releases information

Self Released, October 17th, 2010

Thanks to J-Man for the addition
Edit this entry

GUILLOTINE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy GUILLOTINE The Cynic Music


Blood MoneyBlood Money
Pulverised Records 2009
Audio CD$5.84
$8.75 (used)
GuillotineGuillotine
Ampex
Vinyl$5.97 (used)
Medieval MadnessMedieval Madness
Dirt Harry Productions 1998
Audio CD$2,070.08 (used)
i can't believe it / those years have gone by 45 rpm singlei can't believe it / those years have gone by 45 rpm single
AMPEX
Vinyl$12.00 (used)
Bring Down the Curtain [CASSETTE]Bring Down the Curtain [CASSETTE]
Audio Cassette$12.95
$11.99 (used)
Hard Ta Kill: Underground Mix TapeHard Ta Kill: Underground Mix Tape
Explicit Lyrics
Take Yo Shirt Off 2004
Audio CD$68.00
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
CUDDLY TOYS MADMAN / MINT PERFECT COPY / 7INCH 45RPM / GUILLOTINE THEATRE US $149.99 Buy It Now 3h 5m
GUILLOTINE - BLOOD MONEY [DIGIPAK] * - NEW CD US $7.56 Buy It Now 7h 56m
Guillotine Virgin 5001 Eight Cut Various 10 Inch Vinyl US $10.75 Buy It Now 8h 49m
Master of the Flying Guillotine [PA] * by Jumpsteady (CD, Feb-2005,... US $5.00 [0 bids]
8h 58m
Guillotine Medieval Madness CD rare underground Memphis rap hip hop Street Level US $39.99 Buy It Now 9h 2m
Circle Guillotine CD Finland Pharaoh Overlord Steel Mammoth Kuusumun Profeetta US $5.00 [0 bids]
US $8.00 Buy It Now
11h 2m
VA Guillotine 10" VG++/NM XTC X-Ray Spex etc US $10.20 Buy It Now 14h 47m
SILVER BULLET - BRING FORTH THE GUILLOTINE 7" VINYL US $11.03 Buy It Now 1 day
Tokyo Blade Madame Guillotine 45 EP French Import, Playgraded EX w/Merch Insert US $15.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Cuddley Toys"Guillotine Theatre"Japan Orig LP w/OBI US $59.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Guillotine "Eat it or Wear it Baby" CD 2003 Canada Private Press Punk Rock US $3.23 [0 bids]
US $6.47 Buy It Now
1 day
Guillotine --- Various Artist -- 10" 33 1/3 -- LP -NEAR MINT US $12.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Guillotine * Bring Down The Curtain US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $14.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Neurotic Swingers French Fries Guillotine & Love Album CD (J19) US $8.48 Buy It Now 2 days
LUNATIC CD Tennessee Gangsta Rap G-Funk 1995 Guillotine The Goodfellaz Rare OOP US $34.00 [3 bids]
2 days
XTC The MOTORS Penetration X-RAY SPEX Guillotine 1977 VIRGIN PUNK SAMPLER SIS EP US $9.99 [0 bids]
2 days
GUILLOTINE - BLOOD MONEY (DIGIPAK) NEW CD US $19.41 Buy It Now 2 days
GUILLOTINE 'BRING DOWN THE CURTAIN' US IMPORT LP US $22.08 Buy It Now 3 days
GUILLOTINE Embroidered Logo PATCH Nocturnal Rites Evile Exodus Destruction US $5.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Parousia - Laurog Guillotine 2.50 SHIPPING!! US $7.99 Buy It Now 3 days
GUILLOTINE (Swe) Under The Guillotine (Printed Patch) (New) FREE Shipping World US $9.50 [0 bids]
3 days
UNDER THE GUILLOTINE - TRIBUTE TO KREATOR CD - 2001 - Death Black Metal Thrash US $9.00 Buy It Now 3 days
GUILLOTINE Band Logo (Embroidered Small Patch) (New) FREE Shipping Worldwide US $9.50 [0 bids]
3 days
SILVER BULLET 12" BRING FORTH THE GUILLOTINE (BEN CHAPMAN REMIX) US $3.99 Buy It Now 3 days
The Stereo Guillotine by Citabria (CD, 2010, Citabria) BRAND NEW US $4.95 Buy It Now 3 days
GUILLOTINE - National Razor - 12" US $18.00 Buy It Now 4 days
SMF Guillotine 12" Rugged Vinyl Records 1992 OLDSKOOL US $33.98 Buy It Now 4 days
EVANA, Ross - Guillotine EP - 12" US $18.00 Buy It Now 4 days
TOKYO BLADE-"MADAME GUILLOTINE" NEW 1985 FRENCH ISSUE 3 TRACK 12" EP US $9.99 [0 bids]
4 days
GUILLOTINE: I Can't Believe It / Those Years Have Gone By 45 (dj) Rock US $12.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Master of the Flying Guillotine [PA] * by Jumpsteady Juggalos Juggalettes US $1.00 [0 bids]
4 days
BRITISH INDIA - GUILLOTINE CD/DVD Limited Edition US $12.18 Buy It Now 4 days
GUILLOTINE - S/T. - RARE 1970 PSYCH / PROG GATEFOLD NM. AMPEX U.S. PRESSING. US $59.00 [0 bids]
5 days
MATT U/RISKOTHEQUE - Guillotine Growl - 12" US $16.30 Buy It Now 5 days
GUILLOTINE Sampler 10" Original LP UK Virgin XTC Roky Erickson 1978 New Wave US $5.95 Buy It Now 5 days
KILLER GARAGE 45/ THE EXECUTIONERS "THE GUILLOTINE" CLEAN HEAR US $9.99 [1 bids]
5 days
Guillotine "Blood Money" Rare Promo Thrash Metal CD 2008 Pulverised Records US $0.99 [0 bids]
US $9.99 Buy It Now
5 days
SILVER BULLET Bring Forth The Guillotine 12" 1989 EX/NM BRITCORE HIP HOP VINYL US $15.28 Buy It Now 6 days
The 8th Sin- Nocturnal Rites, NEW, CD/ DVD,m/o Arrow, Mogg, Guillotine US $18.99 Buy It Now 6 days
GUILLOTINE self-titled s/t 10" EP Virgin VCL 5001 (1978) w/ Poster vg+ punk US $11.99 Buy It Now 6 days
GUILLOTINE COMPILATION various 10" uk virgin 1977 8 track with inner featuring x US $8.48 Buy It Now 7 days
GUILLOTINE COMPILATION various 10" uk virgin 1978 8 track with inner featuring x US $8.48 Buy It Now 7 days
GUILLOTINE COMPILATION various 10" uk virgin 1978 8 track with innner (vcl5001), US $8.48 Buy It Now 7 days
Guillotine Ampex White Label DJ Psych 45rpm 1971 Unplayed US $14.00 Buy It Now 7 days
Guillotine Blood Money CD NEW (UK Import) US $13.97 Buy It Now 7 days
? Guillotine (Ampex 10122) (PL) ('71) (Carol Breval, Paul Morin) (gatefold cover US $14.99 Buy It Now 7 days
BLOODTHIRST-LET HIM DIE-CD-aura noir-guillotine-thrash US $9.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Guillotine- Bring Down The Curtain LP (1989 EX+ Vinyl Punk/Thrash) Alchemy 002LP US $13.84 Buy It Now 8 days
GUILLOTINE - BLOOD MONEY - ASH052CD US $10.83 Buy It Now 8 days
Guillotine Bring Down The Curtain USA Cassette US $6.00 Buy It Now 8 days
GUILLOTINE Self Titled s/t LP Psych Original 12" AMPEX US $41.95 Buy It Now 8 days
SICK VIOLENCE Bitch CD Kreator Guillotine Minotaur DBC Exumer Assassin Bathory US $9.72 Buy It Now 8 days
CD JUMPSTEADY MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE ICP ~NM!! US $6.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Guillotine - Blood Money 2008 (NEW CD) US $10.61 Buy It Now 9 days
TOKYO BLADE, MADAME GUILLOTINE, 12" SINGLE EX/VG WITH PRESS RELEASE US $11.03 Buy It Now 9 days
Early Graves - We: The Guillotine [CD New] US $12.13 Buy It Now 9 days
DEMONS OF GUILLOTINE Time Of The Sickle (CD,2011) Black metal US $12.90 Buy It Now 9 days
Jumpsteady Master of the Flying Guillotine and The Chaos Theory CDs US $8.00 Buy It Now 9 days
Acoustic Guillotine Hurry Up & Finish Dying / Raw Meat & Gunpowder 7" vinyl NEW US $9.95 Buy It Now 9 days
Blood Money - Guillotine New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $11.54 Buy It Now 9 days
Silver Bullet Bring Forth The Guillotine (The Ben Chapman Mixes) (12") US $3.40 Buy It Now 10 days
GUILLOTINE Bring Down The Curtain LP Record 1989 RARE US $27.50 Buy It Now 10 days
SILVER BULLET - Bring Forth The Guillotine - 1990 UK 7" Vinyl Single US $16.98 Buy It Now 10 days
GUILLOTINE - BLOOD MONEY CD ALBUM NEW AND SEALED US $6.57 Buy It Now 10 days
YADI 'GUILLOTINE' 7" VINYL US $8.48 Buy It Now 11 days
Guillotine (Virgin 10" LP) Various XTC X-Ray Spex US $10.00 Buy It Now 11 days
TOKYO BLADE: Madame Guillotine (metal vinyl 12) US $18.00 Buy It Now 11 days
CUDDLY TOYS Guillotine Theatre Faebhean Kwest FRESH LP 1 UK '81 rare glamrock!! US $44.00 Buy It Now 11 days
SILENT GUESTS house of wax 7" b/w guillotine (hit104) writing on labels uk tw 19 US $8.48 Buy It Now 12 days
SILVER BULLET bring forth the guillotine 7" b/w mental mix (7ttt013) pic slv uk US $8.48 Buy It Now 12 days
ALVA Fair Haired Guillotine oop Japan CD! US $19.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Guillotine Bring Down The Curtain CD 1989 Alchemy Records ?- 002CD RARE OOP US $29.99 Buy It Now 12 days
GUILLOTINE self titled ( rock ) - ampex - US $8.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Master of the Flying Guillotine [PA] Jumpsteady (CD, 2005, Psychopathic Records) US $3.00 Buy It Now 13 days
Silver Bullet - Bring Forth The Guillotine #11346 US $16.98 Buy It Now 13 days
GUILLOTINE SAME PROGRESSIVE US AMPEX PROMO GATEFOLD COVER US $29.99 Buy It Now 13 days
British India Guillotine CD - LIke New US $13.16 Buy It Now 14 days
CUDDLY TOYS Guillotine Theatre AUTOGRAPHED By Faebhean Kwest FRESH LP 1 (UK) US $18.00 Buy It Now 14 days
GUILLOTINE RARE VIRGIN 8 TRACK 10 VINYL LP+INNER SLEEVE*XTC PENETRATION*NM VINYL US $16.92 Buy It Now 14 days
VARIOUS: Guillotine (rock & pop LP) US $20.00 Buy It Now 14 days
KITES - Hallucination Guillotine / Final Worship SEALED VINYL LP US $18.51 Buy It Now 14 days
SUPPLIAH A 209 Story hip hop CD norteno rap Young Luk 2011 Guillotine Johni OG US $16.00 Buy It Now 14 days
GUILLOTINE Bring Down Curtain CD 1989 RARE OOP THRASH ORIG 1st PRESS ALCHEMY!!! US $39.99 Buy It Now 14 days
GUILLOTINE (Swe) Under The Guillotine (Printed Patch) (New) FREE Shipping World US $9.50 Buy It Now 15 days
TOKYO BLADE madame guillotine EP "mini album" 1985 french press / bernett rec US $22.00 Buy It Now 15 days
British India - Guillotine [CD New] US $53.33 Buy It Now 15 days
GUILLOTINE Embroidered Logo PATCH NOCTURNAL RITES KREATOR DESTRUCTION US $6.99 Buy It Now 16 days
Virgin Guillotine 10" A2/B2 1977 XTC, X Ray Spex, Penetration etc US $11.59 Buy It Now 16 days
GUILLOTINE - Bring Down the Curtain LP NEW SEALED Alchemy 02 US $67.50 Buy It Now 16 days
Kites-Hallucination Guillotine / Final Worship CD Excellent US $11.00 Buy It Now 16 days
British India - Guillotine CD US $53.34 Buy It Now 17 days
Antichrist Magazine #9 GRAVEYARD WITCHTRAP SODOMIZER/HELLKOMMANDER GUILLOTINE US $5.55 Buy It Now 17 days
Guillotine VCL 5001 UK 10" LP 1977 Virgin Sampler Roky Erikson X-Ray Spex US $11.03 Buy It Now 17 days
Sic Alps - Strawberry Guillotine 7" EP woods woodsist 45 punk ty segall indie NM US $8.88 Buy It Now 17 days
SMASH YOUR FACE EL HEMP VS ELECTRO GUILLOTINE Japan CD US $8.54 Buy It Now 17 days
CIRCLE - GUILLOTINE - NEW CD US $11.28 Buy It Now 18 days
TOKYO BLADE - MADAME GUILLOTINE - MINT IMPORT 45 RPM POWERSTATION RECORD 1985 US $20.00 Buy It Now 19 days
? Guillotine (10") (Roky Erickson, XTC, X-Ray Spex) UK US $14.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Various Artists-Guillotine.10" xray spex,xtc,motors,r.erickson,penetration. US $10.20 Buy It Now 19 days
JOE STARK & THE LAW - GUILLOTINE (2003) 6 TRACK EP CD NEW & SEALED So Much More US $25.48 Buy It Now 19 days

More places to buy GUILLOTINE music online Buy GUILLOTINE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for GUILLOTINE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

GUILLOTINE The Cynic ratings distribution


4.00
(3 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(100%)
100%
Good, but non-essential (0%)
0%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

GUILLOTINE The Cynic reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by J-Man
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Finding the right sound in progressive death metal can be a difficult thing. Achieving that perfect balance between light and heavy, or originality and tribute, is something that many bands can't quite capture nowadays. In a music scene filled Opeth emulators and Death sound-a-likes, Delhi's Guillotine has erupted with a distinct sound and sense of direction. Guillotine has found that "perfect balance" that so many music veterans still can't grasp. Considering that their youngest member is 15 years old, it's truly amazing how mature Guillotine already sounds. The Cynic is a great debut on all fronts, boasting amazing compositions, envious musicianship, and satisfying arrangements. If these guys already sound this professional, I can only imagine where Guillotine will be in the next few years. The Indian metal scene has been a force to be reckoned with in 2010, and The Cynic is just further proof of that statement. If you're a fan of progressive death metal, Guillotine is certainly a band to keep your eye on.

The music on The Cynic is progressive death metal, though there's plenty of room for eclecticism. Just listen to the jazzy organ solo in "Crave" or the arpeggiated piano in "To the Heavens" and you'll know what I mean. There's a distinct Opeth influence in Guillotine's sound, though they never sound like a clone band. The more instrumental portions of the album sound similar to that of Dream Theater, as well as the synth lines during the heavier sections. Picking a favorite song is difficult, but I've got to go with the opening number, "The Alchemy: Tears of Despair". That song just pulls you in and never once disappoints. From the breathtaking narrated opening to the beautiful ending section, everything about this song is absolutely perfect. It's also the most traditionally progressive song on the album, filled with some excellent melodic riffing and vocal harmonies. Every song is almost equally impressive, but it's most remarkable how excited the listener is after just the first track. After that opener, I'm captured for the entire duration of the album. The 46:57 playing time is marvelous - Guillotine has zero filler on the entire album. It's really nice to hear a prog metal band that doesn't fill up a CD with a 79:58 playing time, in which only half is worthwhile. All of The Cynic is spectacular, and that's one of the most respectable things about Guillotine. Another noteworthy asset is the great musicianship on all fronts. The guitar playing from Nabam Takar usually takes center stage, though it's really nice how much they've incorporated Manav Chauhan's fantastic keyboards into the mix. The vocals from Karan Nambiar are generally very strong - his clean vocals are great and his growls fit the music like a glove. The rhythm section of Rohit Bhattacharya (bass) and Kabir Mahajan (drums) is also great as they provide a rock solid foundation for Guillotine's music.

The production is rather raw, but it sounds pretty good for a self-released effort. The drums sound really powerful and the mix is very consistent throughout the album. I have no complaints here.

The Cynic is really an amazing debut by Guillotine. I could see this band gaining a large following with future releases - they have what it takes. Although this isn't an absolute must-have for casual fans of the genre, it would sit comfortably in any extreme prog metal collection. If you like Opeth and Dream Theater, I recommend picking up The Cynic sooner rather than later. 4 stars are well-deserved for this original, powerful, and impressive debut. It's safe to say that Guillotine is one of the most promising acts on the progressive death metal scene right now - let's hope for some more great music in the future!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to J-Man (BETA) | Report this review (#508001) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars 'The Cynic' - Guillotine (7/10)

It's something I've said before and will say again: the future of heavy metal music lies in India. Compared to the West, India has remained largely silent in the past when it's come to bands of its own. However, one thing India has never been in shortage of is enthusiasm; one needs only witness the fanfare Iron Maiden received in Mumbai on their "Flight 666" tour to see it. With that evidence of passion in mind, it's all the more exciting to see bands like New Delhi's Guillotine emerging with material of their own. Their technical, progressively- inclined brand of melodic death metal is bound to draw comparisons aplenty with some of the better-known Western prog metal bands, but it's rare that the style is executed so well. It would have been impressive enough simply to know that Guillotine recorded "The Cynic" whilst still in their teenage years and early twenties, but to hear this sort of progressive calibre hailing from the other side of the world is a reason of its own to celebrate. If Guillotine is any indicator of what the Indian metal scene has in store for us, there's good reason to be excited.

Of course- the relative novelty aside- Guillotine need not be seen as an 'Indian metal' band to be fully appreciated. Like Mumbai's Demonic Resurrection (the only other Indian death metal band I've heard thus far), Guillotine largely follow the European formula; Scandinavia, to be specific. Like so many young progressive death metal bands, Opeth is a big anchor for Guillotine, and there are many times throughout the album where their sound and style are conjured explicitly. Nary two minutes into the album's opener, "The Alchemy: Tears of Despair" the mix of dark atmosphere and clean melodic groove undeniably references the Swedes of "Blackwater Park". Fortunately, Guillotine incorporate a far larger number of influences into the musical cauldron. Some parts reflect the catchy riffs of Soilwork, and other times I am reminded of the technical flashwork of Dream Theater and other American progressive stalwarts. "The Cynic" indeed feels moreso a collaboration of Guillotine's influences, rather than a unique evolution of the progressive metal form. Guillotine may have not yet found a clear sound of their own, but it's not often where the archetypal prog- death 'Opeth' model is executed with such skill.

I distinctly remember listening through "The Cynic" for the first time, and having my eyes widen upon hearing some of the technical fills on "Upon My Return". Guillotine is one of the uncommon acts in metal where each musician is impressive. Although- for example- Takar Nabam's tight guitar work might impress me more than Karan Nambiar's low growl, there is not an aspect of Guillotine's sound that drags down the rest. Even the album's production- often a problem with many unsigned debuts- is clear and professional. The songwriting goes a long way to showcase the musicians' talents. Although the strict metal element is weighted much more heavily (pun certainly intended) in their songwriting than the proggy detours, each song makes time for a break from the death metal. Often- unexpected breaks into jazz, Porcupine Tree-like melodic prog and even funk give the bass and keyboards ample time to shine. For the most part, these experimental ventures are generally kept separate from the death metal; the prog-typical time signatures and technical wizardry are alive in the metal, but Guillotine keep their most adventurous musical experiments for the mellow sorties. Although this has a tendency to make the mellow parts more interesting than you'll hear in the work of similar bands, it would have been nice to hear Guillotine take this potential for surprise and variety and integrate it fully into the metal side of their sound.

As has been the case with many of the albums that influenced Guillotine's debut, "The Cynic" is a concept album, detailing the course of a nameless character as he tries to cope with his disillusionment with society. It's a pretty wordy topic to be certain, but the psychological theme works well with Guillotine's light/dark musical style. Although "The Cynic" makes no attempt to hide Guillotine's influences, there is evidence and potential here for something amazing. Guillotine are exceptionally skilled musicians, and they know how to write thoughtful music that reflects it. All the same, I shall be expecting more from the band for their second album. The potential here is obvious, and I can only see these guys improving with time.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Conor Fynes (BETA) | Report this review (#951274) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, April 28, 2013

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of GUILLOTINE "The Cynic"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.33 seconds