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Review: Cyrax - Reflections

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 33:14
Tracks: 7
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: October 5, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)

Cyrax is a Progressive Metal band whose base style is founded more on Thrash than on Traditional Metal, something that is easy to hear once you get past the electronic bullshit at the beginning of the first song, "Doom Against True Hell," from their debut Reflections. Once they get rolling, they aren't bad – when they stick to Progressive Thrash, that is. There are some truly baffling additions to the songs that go way past the questionable stuff on the opener. "My Kingdom for a Horse" is decent, with some fanciful guitar work, but has an annoying chorus and backing vocals. "The Moor of Venice" tries to work steel drums into the mix with disastrous results and the closer, "Feel the Essence of Blues," a troubling song title if there ever was one, prompted my wife to say, as she was passing by, "what is this? Earth, Wind and Fire Metal?" Sadly, it is.

Cyrax seem a little too caught up in trying to incorporate different elements into their music in order to be really "progressive" but when they stick to tight playing, complicated riffing and multiple time changes, in a base of Thrash, they do just fine and don't need the extraneous shit. There's some promise peeking out here and there but, for now, they sound a bit too much like the shitty "funk Metal" band Ignorance, from the late 80s, and that's something I can do without.

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