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THE CYBERIAM

Heavy Prog • United States


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Founded in Chicago, USA in 2018

The Cyberiam is a new progressive rock/metal band from Chicago with experienced and talented musicians. Keith SAMPLE on guitar and Vocals, Brian KOVACS on Bass Guitar and vocals, Tommy MURRAY on drums and percussion and Frank LUCAS on keyboards. The debut album was released Feb 2nd, 2018. The music is influenced by classic rock, alternative rock, prog rock and prog metal with catchy melodies.

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4.03 | 10 ratings
The Cyberiam
2018
4.04 | 11 ratings
Connected
2021

THE CYBERIAM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Forging Nations Live!
2020

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3.27 | 6 ratings
The Butterfly Effect
2019

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 Connected by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.04 | 11 ratings

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Connected
The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars THE CYBERIAM is the American rock-metal group releasing their first opus in 2018. Various rock, alternative, prog, metal with delicate musicality and melting melodies added to innovative visuals during concert periods; texts on the essential human connection for music and not only. The sound is especially eyeing RUSH but also DREAM THEATER, TOOL, PORCUPINE TREE or even LED ZEPPELIN. A strong point comes from the drums held by fantastic Tommy and Frank's keyboards having had Jordan RUDESS as a teacher; Brian's bass is eyeing Geddy LEE's bass and you will understand that RUSH is at the center of this opus; Keith with his angelic voice and his too short solos allows to give a great integrity to the members, in short let's see:

"Interrogation Room B" prints the sound for a musical art melody with atmospheric, soaring and inventive pop-rock sound; Every 5 minutes, it's a fun break with drum solo, imposing bass, keyboards and roaring, progressive and playful flamenco solo; it starts with a bewildering crescendo, asking questions about not having known the group before. "The Moral Landscape" follows on a sound combining the unstructured voice of ANYONE with that of Lee from RUSH; strong bass leads the rhythm; it's nervous, impulsive and cool, bringing the aerial PORCUPINE TREE into dark territories. "Wakeup Call" and radical change with melodic acoustics, soft vocals and velvety, atmospheric synths; a new sound in this summer full of musical vibrations; fresh alternative prog rock variation and shimmering choruses. "Sunset on Mars" comes from Mars or NASA via the intro, it always goes melodic with Brian in the voice; it rises slowly and irreparably, the station wagon because it is there rhythmic, sensitive, astronautical I would say then the tearing of Keith on a destructive solo making it soar; we risk being breathless, I find the creativity of ZEPPELIN LEDs in their hard rock emotions, ending on the intro. "In SaN1tY" unfolds on a percussive groove, the riff incisive, nervous while keeping a smooth, airy range; strange mixture of fact where instrumental violence is combined with vocal sweetness.

"Be Connected" for the basic relaxing ballad, with that little extra the vocal juggling between Brian and Keith which gives a plus; the soaring digression at one point quickly joined by a solo too withdrawn for me, a calm piece which allows "Wilde Things" to find a little rushien pep; melodic title with a stronger chorus and a break phrasing bringing the divine bass of Brian on melodic heavy prog, then clearly metal-heavy-prog with a nice place of Frank on the synths. "Miles Away" for the longest track, always melodic at first, then drifting on progressive notes where the bass holds the rhythm leading me to rediscover the creativity of certain ENCHANT tracks; the final more nervous, metallic without becoming hard however; return with a nervous piano embellishing the finale. "Bigger Questions" concludes this long set with an influence of the dream theater, the voice in less; metallic rhythm, lively then it starts on the instrumental side on a fairyland of notes; latent atmosphere of the synth and the bass starts again, in short, there is vitaminized musical construction; final decrescendo a little long, to encourage lack?

THE CYBERIAM took advantage of the pandemic to release a little musical bombshell, peeping closely at supercharged RUSH. Be careful not to confine them on the other hand to this unique group because as I suggested in the preamble, the sound of this quartet is quite simply remarkable and varied, technical and venturing on progressive metal art-music without far concession. of a defined genre, except modern and of quality. Innovative and remarkable.

 Connected by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.04 | 11 ratings

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The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Summer 2021 sees the sophomore full-fledged album produced by that Chicago based CYBERIAM quartet. While considering cover art, song titles, and lyrics this in fact is showcasing a concept dealing with contemporary human connectivity concerning artificial intelligence, cyberspace, cosmic travels, and so on. And of course everything was deeply influenced by COVID-19 pandemic experiences, which has changed a lot. Anyhow, that didn't hurt in any way, in this case. Keith Semple (guitar) and Brian Kovacs (bass) are fronting this outfit, both responsible for the vocal task too. Eh, recognition value somehow during the first listening session. Ted Leonard guesting? Well, the singing voice on the opening song Interrogation Room B, I ultimately had to check the liner notes. No, he's not, it's Keith Semple I would assume. Just to forward my loose impressions, not that I have a problem with this specialty anyway.

Top-notch compositions and exorbitant musicianship. This album is a treasure! Heavy progressive rock fans are easily connected here, especially when you're keen on Rush, Enchant and Porcupine Tree inspired stuff. Just let me highlight the energetic hard-hitting In SaN1tY as one proper example. Followed by the heartfelt ballad Be Connected. Nothing so-so here, 'Connected' turns out to be a rounded album, because each and every particular track convinces me. Nevertheless I have to reveal my definite album masterpiece now. It's Sunset On Mars coming with perfectly incorporated astronaut speech. Definitely also something for sophisticated heavy space rock aficionados. So much talent in place, stay on track guys. I'm quite sure sooner or later there will come more exciting stuff from this band.

 Connected by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.04 | 11 ratings

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The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Excellence, With Caveats

THE CYBERIAM Has the Goods

Punchy, hard-driving bass guitar. Supple, sensitive drumming. Nimble, varied guitar work and by the way I do love the acoustic guitar passages. Keyboard sounds to delight the keyboard loving listeners, and I am surely one of those. Vocals that are clean, high, expressive, and at perhaps too few times, expertly utilize harmonies. Songs that employ melody, show compositional flair, move seamlessly between themes and transitions and bring it all back into focus.

Connected

So on this the second long-playing studio release from Chicago, USA-based THE CYBERIAM, it seems like we get a heavy progressive rock lover's dream- the skilled musicianship, the compositional chops, the concept (which in these pandemic times is more keenly focused than ever), and some extended pieces to satisfy our urge to progress/to grow/to learn/to experience musical richness.

Yet, Caveats

My hesitation about full-voiced acclaim is two-fold: One, I thought perhaps twenty percent or more of total run-time could be trimmed. Seventy-two minutes-plus is fine, is not excessive (to those of us fanatics anyhow), is not unprecedented.

Yet I found myself saying at certain places, 'get to the point', or 'this drum solo passage would be great live, but is it necessary here?', or 'yes, we have that riff established, does it need more development or might we better just cut to the chase?'

And two, I recognize I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but those lyrics were pretty tough to make sense of- which seemed especially ironic in light of the important theme of 'connectedness', between, among, within us all and with all.

Who is the narrator? Who's the interrogator? What the heck is going on here?

Still, the Music

So many things to like. Heavy progressive music is a favorite of mine because I like drama, punch, flair, power, guts, massive build-ups and delicate transitions, variety, passion.

THE CYBERIAM delivers this in spades. From the opening eerie keyboards of "Interrogation Room B", to the closing fade-out of heavy band and harmony voices in "Bigger Questions", there are demonstrations of this kind of greatness. I'd have like to hear more of those lovely harmonies, since I think the vocals are a strength, and usually it seemed to me that the back-up voices were mixed a little too low.

I'd also have liked to hear more of the lead guitar, although there certainly were a few passages where guitar simply flew and soared.

But Mostly

Mostly, the music was pretty wonderful, and I think many of us progressive rock fanatics will strongly enjoy this album. It's polished, dramatic, intelligent, and fine.

In Conclusion

Excellence, with caveats, means to me this is four stars- "Excellent addition to any progressive rock music collection."

 Forging Nations Live! by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Live, 2020
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Forging Nations Live!
The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band THE CYBERIAM came out of the Chicago scene a few years back with their debut album "The Cyberiam", a production which brought a lot of instant recognition to the band. Following the one track mini-album "The Butterfly Effect" in 2019 the band released their first live album this year. The CD is called "Forging Nations - Live!" and was self released by the band.

"Forging Nations - Live!" is one of those live albums I suspect you can play again and again, and with just about the same level of impact in 2020 as in 2030. This is a band with music that has a timeless feel to it, and the live performance is strong enough that I can't see it diminish over time either. The end result for me is a good album with strong moments, not quite at the level to make it into history books as a great or brilliant live performance but a good to solid live album it is. A good place to start getting to know this band if you prefer doing so by live albums, and a production all existing fans can consider a safe purchase.

 The Butterfly Effect by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
3.27 | 6 ratings

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The Butterfly Effect
The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

3 stars Wait and See What I Would Do Again

Let's Just Mess Your Mind

I'm not a big-brain guy- that guy who can comprehend the mysterious mathematical subtleties, the philosophical underpinnings, the quantum possibilities inherent in the universe.

But I think someone in Chicago's THE CYBERIAM...well, he/they must be one.

The Butterfly Effect

Here in the second studio release from THE CYBERIAM, heavy progressive rock and mind-bending ideas intersect, via this extended twenty-one minutes, twelve seconds piece.

You know the basics, I'll bet- one tiny variance in one variable can exponentially affect the outcome. The butterfly in its infinitesimal flutterings in Brazil, can in its tiny way create the variance that ends up in a tornado, say in Kansas.

Five Movements

"The Event" opens with eerie keyboard and choral sounds fading in, then the trademark jaggedy guitar and bass riffs ably supported by drumming that sparkles yet never overpowers.

The opening riffs may go on a tad too long? Then, the mysterious, distant voice...leading to: "Ripples". Eerie sounds, then punchy basslines, heavy guitar, some wicked lead guitar, and some very dark sounds.

"Realization" kicks in with powerful riffs, and a wicked drum solo. There sort of a back and forth bass/guitar/drum dialogue, and we reprieve to the chorus of "The Event".

Kicking guitar riffs open "The Shape of Things to Come", and there is a maelstrom of full band movement. Keyboards add fullness and depth. Which leads to:

"A New Reality", opening once again with choral sounds. The guitar enters, and that punchy, resonant bass guitar. We hear electric piano, and the drums build the suspense. There are chiming keyboards and heavily reverb'd guitar.

The track builds inexorably, with that ear-worm chorus: "Wait to see what I would do again..." (mindbending, at least to a simple schmuck like me).

The intensity subsides and electric piano sparkles in a moody passage. The heavy guitar enters and it builds, only to subside into increasingly distant guitar, and closes in a fade.

Pros and Cons

These are some seasoned, skillful musicians, and I appreciate the heavy rocking plus the heavy ideas. On the "con" side, it stayed pretty much in one key, with some similar feel throughout- although there is certainly variation too. I'd have liked to hear some more virtuoso, up-tempo instrumental passages, kicking it loose.

In Conclusion

Good, skillful heavy progressive music, with some room to grow and mature, especially in building in virtuoso playing and some key changes. I'd give this one better than JUST three stars, not quite 4 stars, so 3.5 should do it.

 The Cyberiam by CYBERIAM, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.03 | 10 ratings

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The Cyberiam
The Cyberiam Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band THE CYBERIAM is a fairly new band to the progressive rock scene. From what I can find of information the band started out a couple of years ago, operating out from their home base of Chicago, Illinois. "The Cyberiam" is also the name for their debut album, which was self-released at the start of 2018. I understand the album was also released through Australian label Melodic Rock Records.

For those who know, love and treasure the bands that have chosen to explore music on the borders between progressive rock and progressive metal, The Cyberiam is another band they can safely add to their list of artists that merits a check. A touch of Spock's Beard, a seasoning of Dream Theater and a sparkling of Porcupine Tree combined into a compelling and accessible whole. A good debut album with promise of more and perhaps even better things to come.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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