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Review: Cist - Synthetic Life
Synthetic Life

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 5:01
Tracks: 1
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: April 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)

This is the first time in my life I have received just one song on a lousy looking CD-R without much information, just a xeroxed picture of the band, some line-up and contact info and that’s about it.

This foursome comes from Smolensk, Russia, and is called Cist. The one particular song that this Russian Death/Thrash Metal act decided to throw my way is titled "Synthetic Life" and what a fucking monster of a song it truly is. It’s heavily influenced by Death, so much so that if someone told me this was an unreleased song from the Spiritual Healing sessions but was left due to the faster and thrashier nature, I’d have probably bought it right away. The riffing is great, the song is heavy and catchy as hell and as the final icing on the cake is that vocalist Vitaly Lushchenkov sounds almost exactly like Chuck Schuldiner. Guitarist Nick Komshukov gives a similar treatment to his 6-string axe that Rick Rozz gave his. I am amazed by this song and would definitely like to hear more from these lads. It should probably be mentioned that 3/4 of the Cist line-up consists of ex-Hell’s Thrash Horsemen members, a band that split up in 2014.

We won’t have to wait too long to hear more from Cist as it’s been announced that Greek underground label Alone Records will release a 7-inch EP titled Chemical Tomb and limited to 350 copies (the release date is still TBA). However, I demand a full-length album from Cist, the sooner, the better, naturally! ;o)

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