Album Reviews

Cynthesis – DeEvolution

Released by: Sensory Records

Release Date: April 19th, 2011

Genre: Progressive Metal


Line Up:

Jasun Tipton – Guitars and Keys

Troy Tipton – Bass

Erik Rosvold – Vocals

Sean Flanegan – Drums


01. The Man Without Skin

02. Incision

03. Divided Day

04. Shallow World

05. Profits Of Disaster

06. The Edifice Grin

07. Twilight

08. A Song Of Unrest

One of the best kept secrets in the progressive metal genre has been the strong musicianship of the American Prog metallers Zero Hour. Sure to the hardcore progressive crowd this is not a surprise.   These guys have been dwelling in the realm of superiority melancholy progressive metal since the early 200 when the band finally released their debut self title album.

The Tipton brothers Jasun and Troy both started the band together and has since have slowly laid down a plan for what was to come. These guys are not only excellent musicians, but have an enormous sense of making smart music, meaning a big focus on the lyrics have always been a strong priority. They returned here once more but to my surprise with a new project called Cynthesis, being handled by the respected Sensory Records under The lasers edge label.  Along with the brothers, their original vocalist Erik Rosvold returns here as well to form this intricate progressive metal outfit.

Yes and you could also expect a deep concept intertwined within the albums writing, and I quote “tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes’ shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader”. I don’t know about you but it sounds like a bit of an George Orwell 1984 inspired stuff, I was down for it I mean why not once in a while I get into my old habits of just listening to some crazy and technical music that takes me eons to figure out just what the hell it really means.

One we get into the actual music there is a threshold of emotions and rhythm changes that you will find on this project. The instant bass playing of Troy Tipton carries the song “Incision”, the writing here tells an interesting tale and it lifts the song higher.  The other Tipton doesn’t stray too far behind his brother as his shining guitar playing comes through in an erratic to melancholy way on the complicated puzzling groove of “Divided Day”. The haunting piano intro of “Shallow World” is only surpassed by the clear and poignant vocal words of Rosvold.

I don’t even know where to start by saying that this band in the clean vocal parts reminds of old material from the amazing prog rock band Eternity X, not a fair comparison because that was one hell of a  band who defined a new meaning to emotional music, but in some elements here do bring out that side of things.

A few things jump out on DeEvolution, one is these guys can build a song structure just right no only with the music but more importantly with it’s writing. The Zero Hour impressions can still be found here, but to a lesser degree. The concept of the album really takes a strangle hold on the overall feeling. Not only that but behind the music you have a great message, a shallow world we live in, materialism and question of power and control, something that is not always easy to tackle even with music as an avenue. Recommended for the smart listeners out there as there is much to digest here but luckily it goes down easy.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys    8/10

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