Release DetailsLABEL Spinefarm
RELEASED ON 10/11/2003
posted on 1/2004 By:
It must be all about the timing as superficially there’s not that much wrong with Cynicon’s debut album, but after recently absorbing similarly space/cyber/industrial themed black metal albums by Mork Gryning, Asterius, V:28 and Thyrane, I must have used up all my cyber metal slots ‘cos this isn’t doing much for me.
The normally reliable Spinefarm seem to have decided to cash in on the popular genre, as Cynicon while proficient and bringing with them all the elements for a entertaining album, just don’t seem to draw me in like their numerous peers. Beeping, whizzing and whirring layered over chunky black metal riffs with robotically enhanced black metal vocals and futuristic synths. Sound familiar? Yah, The Kovenant’s Animatronic did it perfectly a few years back. In fact, if it were not for few more blast beats, some squirly clean vocals and a slightly less resonant production, the songs and riffs contained on Cybernetic might have been Animatronic recycled through some giant music recycling robot. Sheesh, just look at the album titles. If that doesn’t convince you listen to “Astral Luminance” with The Kovenant’s “New World Order” side by side and tell me their not some cross interfacing going on there. That being said, there are some catchy hooks contained on Cybernetic, albeit familiar ones.
Main man Cyon (guitar, vox, programming) has the usual black rasp, but his clean vox are pretty dreadful (unless you like King Diamond) as they sound more like an off key power metal vocalist rather than the ethereal other worldly being aura he was going for. “Intragalactic”, while containing some mildly entertaining riffs in its later stages is almost rendered unlistenable right away by Cyon's early crooning. The start of “Presence” could be more overused in the genre if it had a patent, as the song breaks up the predictable pace of the other tunes with a slightly less chunky pace and stuttering riffs, but still the overall use of the guitars and FX is a sound that’s simply sounding overworked since Fear Factory plugged in 10 years ago-it's just black metal stealing the gimmick to try to make something different out of it. And while some bands have made it interesting (Asterius), Cynicon, just seem to be a redundant program taking up space on my hard drive.
After having to sit through more of Cyon’s ill advised clean vocals for the more aggressive “Momentary”, I’m having a hard time finding things to like about the album, and wonder what Spinefarm's reasoning was to sign them, considering their excellent roster. Even after the stout crunch of album closer ‘Enlightenment”, and some synth work that’s briefly imbues the vastness of space like recent cosmic metallers V:28 did, it loses its asteral luster, ending an album that’s purely forgettable, especially considering the recent competition I’ve absorbed.
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