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Review: Cynthesis - DeEvolution

Label: Sensory Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 38:52
Tracks: 7
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 25, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.86/5 (57.14%) (7 Votes)

This is a band made up mostly of ex-members of prog band Zero Hour, which is apparently on hiatus, not that anyone noticed. This is a Sensory release, and while I laud Sensory's dedication to finding great new prog bands, their success rate leaves something to be desired.

Cynthesis are very much what you expect from a proggy band - longish songs, clean guitar/keyboard dialogues, obtuse songwriting, and clean, clear vocal melodies. I think this is even some kind of concept album on top of all that. This isn't too bad, but the band seems to let their impulse towards artistic elaboration get in the way of their music way too much, featuring extended passages of pseudo narration which are almost unbearable. When they actually get down to it they are pretty good, and singer Erik Rosvold conjures up some hooky vocal lines, but the songs don't really cohere too well as songs, and they remain accumulations of good parts rather than a greater whole. Progheads will like this better than I do, but I do think this band has potential.

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