Cynic Traced in Air Review

So here is the thing about "Traced in Air ".

It's Amazing.

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When it comes to Metal, this was one of my most influential albums. The Jazz tones, the electronic vocals (They don't even sound cheesy!), and the Polished song Structure. It all just comes together to form this...this incredible album.

Heck, it took 15 years for Cynic to finally make it, you had better hope it is good!

This was the album that I first started to like growling. And if you know anything about me, I hated any sort of screaming or growling for the longest time.

Traced In Air helped change that for me (Along with Between The Buried And Me's "Colors").

The best example of their "Growling underneath a Harmony" can be heard in the song "Integral Birth". 

Take a Listen.

Cynic - Integral Birth

Set List 

  • Nunc Fluens
  • The Space For This
  • Evolutionary Sleep
  • Integral Birth
  • The Unknown Guest
  • Adam's Murmur
  • King of Those Who Know
  • Nunc Stans

Ok now...here is the kicker. The Lyrics.

I really...I just can't see anything in them. I look at the lyrics, and maybe I'm just some dunce, but the Lyrics just don't seem all that enthralling.

That is the one bad thing I have to say about this album.

I'm not even entirely sure whether it is bad or not, it just isn't exciting, that's all.

But all the music is amazing. From Nunc Fluens to Nunc Stans you just can't let go.

Traced in Air is one of those shorter albums, but it nails every short bit of it (minus the hiccup about the lyrics).

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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.

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