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  • Are you a fan of…

    -Jazz fusion
    -Concept albums
    -Progressive elements
    -Excellent musicianship
    -Insightful lyrical content
    -Great song/album structure
    -Mind blowing artwork

    If any of the above apply to you, obtain this album. My favorite release of 2008, hands down. The moment I first finished listening to this album I knew I was eventually going to have to own it on vinyl.

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • For those expecting a tech death album like “Focus” less on the death, this might not be your album. Not as “heavy” as “Focus” as for ambient and atmospheric, “Traced…” picks up where the three original members left of plus the endeavors they’ve all been involved in. Sean Malone and Sean Reinert with Gordian Knot and Aghora, Paul Masvidal with Aeon Spoke. For those who love progressive music that gets you thinking. Bang your head to Decrepit Birth, Death, Decapitated.

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • With Cynic, I break out Focus every now and then, listen to a few tracks, then move on to something else. Not being the biggest fan of Cynic or the Focus album, I decided to give this one a shot. Let me just say that Traced In Air is a great album. I had no expectations like a lot of long time fans had, but being a big prog-tech guy, I liked this album a lot.

    Posted on February 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Every song is sophisticated and well organized. The only offset is that it’s very short. Still a great CD, and you should probably experience it.

    Posted on February 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Being a big fan of metal, my initial reaction to Traced in Air was negative. Cynic was never super brutal or heavy, but they had a death metal edge on their first album that is missing on this one. In fact, it sounded at first like emo-influenced prog-metal, and struck me as less adventurous than the jazz-death-metal of Focus.

    But after a few listens, I stopped caring. The songwriting on the album is just that good. Whereas some of the riffs on Focus’s songs were unmemorable, every single riff on Traced in Air is golden. The instrumentation is intricate, and the music is passionate. Just like on Focus, the lyrics are very spiritual (with plenty of influence from Hinduism and Indian spiritual philosophy in general). I am not a spiritual person, but these are some really good lyrics. The production is surprisingly good, and does not suffer from the usual clipping that plagues many modern rock/metal releases.

    There are a lot of music artists who make emotional music. But very few of these artists are able to support such emotionality with appropriately gripping music (hence why I’m not a fan of emo or any whiny music for that matter). But Cynic did it on Traced in Air. You have to give this album a chance. It’s practically a spiritual experience, and one of the best albums of the decade.

    Posted on February 22, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now