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  • What?? No one has reviewed this masterpiece yet?
    For those who don’t know, Cynic started out w/ two Demos before they released “Focus”. The demos had none of the jazz fusion breakdowns that Focus had become famous for. Surprisingly only one track from those demos made it on to Focus. Hunt down the demo tracks because they are well worth hearing (there is a demo on one of the “At Death’s Door” comp cd’s).
    This might be an album that takes a few listens to absorb all that is encompassing your ears. The drumming by Sean Reinhert is some of the best death metal drumming ever. His unique blend of death metal style and jazz fusion makes the drums certainly an instrument of their own in case anyone ever had doubts. Bassist Sean malone switches between bass and chapman stick. His talent is as equal to Reinerts in the fantastic ways they have paced their songs coming in at the right time but in a unique way. The two guitarists (Gobel & Masvidal) have the most memorable licks and chops out there. I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled with the guitar sound other then when I first heard Fates Warning.
    the bonus tracks on here (other than the three remixes) are surprisgly taken from the post-Focus project “Portal” with a girl singer. The tracks are much more lighter and airy…I have NO idea why they didn’t choose trax from their “Reflections of a Dying World” demo …..but who knows.
    The latest I’ve heard from them now is a group called Aeon Spoke but sadly it is mainstream sounding compared to the almighty Cynic.
    Anyone in to to the Florida death scene or a fan of Meshuggah, Candiria, Fates warning, Death, Spastic Ink, Mahavishnu Orchestra or any other great prog project should check this out ASAP.

    Posted on November 28, 2009