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Psykup is a French Experimental Prog Metal band that formed in 1995 in Toulouse. The band's early material was heavily inspired by bands like STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PRIMUS, and ALICE IN CHAINS, but it didn't take Psykup long to establish their distinct approach to music making.
The band released their dubut studio album in 2002, Le Temps de la Réflexion (The Time of Reflection), which consisted of compositions from the first seven years of their existence. This proved to be a wise decision since the album won the praise of both the critics and metal audience. This was also when Psykup took up a prominent position in the French metal scene which was otherwise dominated by bands like GOJIRA and SLEEPPERS.
The band approaches their music writing in a more cinematographic fashion, similar to John Zorn, with composition dissected into individual storyboards and then pasted together in a certain order. 2008 saw the release of We Love You All, an ambitious album consisting of six lengthy pieces. On February 5, 2009, the band announced that Matthieu Miegeville was parting ways with the remaining quartet, however they still finished the second leg of the We love you all tour with the complete line-up.
Psykup is a difficult act to pin down since their approach to metal often verges on the thin line to avant-garde music. So definitely give them a go if this combination sounds tempting enough!

Biography by Rune2000

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Le Temps De La Reflexion
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L'Ombre Et La Proie
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We Love You All

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3.96 | 4 ratings

We Love You All
Psykup Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I was completely blow away by Psykup and their 2008 release We Love You All upon my first encounter with the two. The sound was very challenging, often bordering on the Avant-garde approach. Still, it maintained a clear Tech Metal style and only incorporated other influences to enhance the music.

The album opener Color Me Blood Red will certainly give you a good teaser of the things to come with its fast paced intro and every twist and turn that follows. It was compositions like this one that gave such a promising start to my exploration of the band's music. Unfortunately I never really followed up on this promising start and pretty much abandoned We Love You All all together after another 3-4 spins. It's not that I suddenly began feeling indifferent to Psykup, but rather that I the compositions didn't follow up on the promising growth potential that I originally assumed that they would have. This is after all a six track album with most compositions reaching beyond the 8-minute mark.

Listening to these lengthy performances is somewhat of a love and hate affair for me, since I clearly enjoy portions of each of these compositions, still it does become a roller coaster ride in terms of quality throughout the individual tracks. My Toy, My Satan is actually the only track that I feel to be completely solid all throughout it's entire length. There is a clear feeling of progression from point A to B which I happen to lack on the remaining five performances. My plan of hopefully finding this thread of continuity began to fade over time and is the main reason of why I parted ways with this album as early as I did.

If you ask me whether I would recommend We Love You All then the answer will definitely be yes! This is a very interesting album well worth any Progressive Metal fan's attention. There are no bad tracks here, just a few minor bumps throughout the individual compositions which might be a bit less satisfying.

***** star songs: My Toy, My Satan (10:16)

**** star songs: Color Me Blood Red (9:40) Birdy (8:23) The Choice Of Modern Men (4:27) Retroaction (11:23) Here Come The Waves (10:34)

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