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HEART OF CYGNUS

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HEART OF CYGNUS are an American progressive heavy metal act formed in 2005 in Los Angeles, California by Jeff Lane ( Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass) and Jim Nahikian ( Drums). They have since added Aldo Galatioto( Lead and Rhythm Guitars) to the lineup. The band site IRON MAIDEN and RUSH among their prime influences. HEART OF CYGNUS released their debut full-length studio album "Utopia"through Astral Knigt Records in September 2007. Their second and third full-length studio albums, "Over Mountain, Under Hill" ( March 2009) and "Tales From Outer Space!" ( November 2009) are self-released.

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( Biography written by UMUR)

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The Voyage of JonasThe Voyage of Jonas
Astral Knight Records 2012
Audio CD$14.55
$26.85 (used)
Over Mountain, Under HillOver Mountain, Under Hill
Astral Knight Records 2009
Audio CD$11.11
$14.92 (used)
Tales From Outer Space!Tales From Outer Space!
Astral Knight Records 2009
Audio CD$10.61
$32.96 (used)
UtopiaUtopia
Astral Knight Records 2007
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4.60 | 5 ratings
Utopia
2007
4.00 | 12 ratings
Over Mountain, Under Hill
2009
3.93 | 8 ratings
Tales From Outer Space!
2009
3.45 | 13 ratings
The Voyage of Jonas
2012

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 The Voyage of Jonas by HEART OF CYGNUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.45 | 13 ratings

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Heart of Cygnus Progressive Metal

Review by FragileKings

3 stars I first gave Heart of Cygnus a listen on iTunes several months ago. With a name like that (Rush influences worn on their sleeves), they had to be good. At least that's what I thought. But what I heard failed to inspire me to order an album, let alone download a song. Skip ahead to March, 2013 and I noticed that they had a new album, "Voyage of Jonas". I randomly selected samples from iTunes to listen to and found myself interested enough, mostly for the song "Jonas" which sounded like "Hemispheres" era Rush with a touch of modern metal.

Well, I have to admit that I haven't been in nirvana listening to this album. The Hemispheres Rush sound is there in guitars and synthesizer on two or three tracks and it's fun and enjoyable if not as close to a ripoff (I prefer to be kind and say "tribute") as one can get. There are also some good heavy riffs, pretty piano parts, and rousing vocal choruses. Heavy bombast is often contrasted by melodic acoustic and slower parts. That's all good. Keen ears might also pick up on the Iron Maiden influences the band is said to have, though I find them less obvious than the blatant attempts to celebrate "Hemispheres" in two or three tracks.

The album is also a concept album, so each song tells part of the story of the voyage of Jonas from his mundane port town life to sailing amidst polar ice floes to battling wargs, White Witches (doesn't it sound like he went to Narnia?) and mages. In this way, it's fun to listen to the whole album through but it does sound a bit adolescent meaning it sounds more like Narnia than Middle Earth.

The key to this notion might just lie in the vocal department. This is the second time I have picked up a so-called progressive metal CD this year and been struck by the thought that the vocals sound suspiciously like the emo-rock band, Sugar Cult. Both prog metal bands happen to be American, by the way, the home country of emo-punk. And even though I used to listen to one of Sugar Cult's albums a fair bit back in the day, I don't like finding myself thinking of emo while listening to what should be progressive metal. In particular, the "whoa, whoa, whoas" of "Sailing North" sound way too much like emo-rock to me. I like the variety in the music, but the vocals need more guts and testosterone for my preference. Say what you want about Geddy Lee in the seventies but he had power in his voice. And as far as Iron Maiden goes, I think Bruce Dickenson is one of the best metal vocalists in the history of the genre. So Heart of Cygnus, despite their efforts at times to infuse their music with the music of their influences, are lacking in the vocal department. So I feel.

Overall, this album has its moments and good tracks, and the music is diverse with sincerity and played with skill. But I was listening to it again recently and trying to pick out a good stand out song for a playlist to burn to CD and I have to confess that I found myself struggling to pick a song that I would want to hear while driving and listening to a collection of great songs from other albums. Any song that sounded good enough at first left me thinking that I might feel tempted to skip in while playing the mixed CD. That's not an encouraging sign. The conclusion might be that as a concept album it's simply better to listen to it from start to finish than to pick out individual tracks.

Tell you what. If later on I have some epiphany about this album and suddenly realize that it is a brilliant piece of work, I'll change my review. But so far I have to say it's pretty average as a good album (I emphasize "good") but in a way, so far, easy to forget that I purchased it along with so many other very good to incredible albums which get much more playtime in my ear buds.

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 Tales From Outer Space! by HEART OF CYGNUS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Review by Menswear
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4 stars Exactly what you think.

With a name like that you could assume 1) They like Rush enough to endorse their band's name 2) They like outer space stuff from the 50's (such as Mars Attack!) 3) It could be trippy. There you go.

I was lucky enough to listen to it and it didn't took me long to get hooked. They rock. I mean R-O-C-K. They riff like few and they do it a lot. From Queen to Rush and Maiden, they blistered my ears for half an hour majestic power chords, 2112 inspired keyboards, arpeggios from Brian May or Angus Young and deafening drums seriously competing with the best around.

You do feel the space travelling very well in a retro way and not the Ayreon way. Fine by me. They prove you do not need high-tech gear to create a good atmosphere. Great vocals too, not to shabby for a self produced band. I frankly think this band has a chance to score big if they can get a bigger audience. You need to try this band, you really have your money's worth. Maybe a new classic band to emerge? Let's hope so!

If you like ballzy riffs, heavy old school drumming and lots of wind in your hair you will drool over this.

My respect to this impressive record. Keep'em coming boys.

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