Artist/ Band: Cynic
Title: Focus: The Expanded Edition
Label: Roadrunner Records
Year of Release: 2004
Artist/ Band Link (click for details/ ordering)
Cynic was more in the progressive/technical metal vein than the speed/death metal label tagged on them by critics. To further them away from the “death metal” sound is hints of jazz-fusion along with some mystical Eastern sounds and computerized vocals throughout the album.
I guess if you can handle the growly vocals then try out this band. It is a grower and a nice look into the past with some new extras to sweeten the nostalgic visit. If you’re not convinced, go to their website (see link in the info section above) and listen to the samples. This is one of the better reissues of 2004 and deserves more exposure.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on December 7th, 2004
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