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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.18 | 564 ratings

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5 stars The successor of one of the best technical death albums ever.

It lasted 14 years for Cynic to come back and create again a milestone for the genre. For a band like Cynic it is no suprise that the music changed a bit. For example, the Death Metal almost vanished from the sound, leaving a nice mix of Fusion, Metal and the typical electronical vocals. Ok, the Death Metal is still a bit presented but there are very few growling parts. Actually, I like this change very much.

The intro "Nunc fluens" is only an ambient track to create the mood of a futuristic and chaotic situation. The next song "The Space for this" starts very calm with kind of jazzy chords. Then the guitar kicks in and the band takes off. The band uses a lot of technical guitar and bass parts. A very remarkable part is the guitar solo in the middle, which sounds very jazzy. I really like it. "Evolutionary Sleeper" also starts with a calmer jazzy part till the growling and a fast guitar riff come along. The bass and drums are very impulsive. Maybe this is the catchiest song of the album. "Integral Birth" follows the formula. The drums are great on this song. The following song "The Unknown Guest" is a bit bulkier than the previous songs with a strange rhythm but it makes it quite interesting. "Adam's Murmur" is maybe the weakest song but it is not that bad at all. "King of those who knows" is a really great ending song. Grand riffs and solos, a lot of different parts are in this song. "Nunc stans" is the outro of the album.

If you look for an album, which blends Metal and Jazz, then you totally have to buy it. It is relative short with 30 minutes but there are so much parts and riffs that this not that problem. The band managed to write an even better album than their first "Focus", which is quite impressive, due to the fact that Focus was a really great and novel album. So is "Traced in Air". Let's hope that their next album is not released in 2022, but even that would be no problem when it is so good like "Traced in Air".

Priamus | 5/5 |


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