Review: Cynic – Traced In Air [2008]

amazon-cynicAfter a 15-year layover, the seminal Florida metal troupe Cynic have triumphantly returned with TRACED IN AIR. This stunning eight-track endeavor picks up where the cult outfit’s 1993 release FOCUS left off, as this disc reassures that Cynic’s mindblowingly technical assault is not only firmly intact but sounding fresher than ever (“The Space For This,” “Integral Birth”). Remaining at the forefront of the progressive end of the metal spectrum, whirlwind time signature switches, jazzy fretwork, complex percussion, and bevy of vocoder-laden vocals (with a good portion of death metal growls strewn in) are conscientiously woven together to create a rich musical tapestry which truly embodies fusion metal at its finest, rendering a welcomed comeback for Cynic. www.season-of-mist.com -Mike SOS

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