Why Is Cynic's Integration Of Jazz Into Metal So Influential?

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If you like any of the following bands, you will probably like Cynic.

  • Baroness
  • Animals As Leaders
  • Periphery
  • Opeth
  • Katatonia
  • Tesseract

"Out of ruins - We've haunted like owls"

Cynic is one of the early metal bands to introduce jazz into their metal tunes. Way back in the early 90's, they released their first album (Focus). It had critical acclaim, and made a huge impact on the metal world.

After 15 years of not being together, the band got together and wrote a 2nd album titled "Traced In Air" (2008). It was incredible.

Cynic is just one of those Legendary bands that deserves respect from any metal fan. Heck, even non-metal fans could get into it (as long as they can handle some...uh...hard rock).

Now the jazz element is in the groove of the rhythms.

After hearing Cynic's perfect display of mixing low growl vocals with high (almost auto-tunelike) falcetto vocals, I was blown away. Growing up I hated growling, but I thought:

"Maybe there's something more to this growling?"

It wouldn't have happened without Cynic.

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