MetalBite Review by Tobias on 3/16/2001
ís self titled debut is an entertaining start for this Labyrinth/Vision Divine
descendent. While founder and vocalist Dan Keying
ís vision of a progressive power-metal band isnít that original and lacks diversity among the tracks, it certainly is a great exposure of the hallowed double-bass.
The drumming speed on almost all of the tracks is more than a little impressive for a power-metal band; itís pleasingly surprising. However, at times it doesnít seem to fit in with the rest of the band, particularly the vocals. Let me give you an idea here; put James LeBrie
of Dream Theater
singing his little love fairy tunes together with Cryptopsy
ís skin-beater, Flo Mounier
, in all his furyÖ and you have something that doesnít really match up. Well, itís not that badÖ or weird (however you want to look at it), but you get the idea. It needs some work.
The other strength for Cydonia
is concept. For those of you who donít know, Cydonia
is the region of Mars that has that big olí human looking face on it and some pyramids. I love concept albums and concept bands. Granted writing albums of music about the same thing can be tiring for some musicians, I salute and admire any band that makes the attempt.
Newcomer Steve Sguario
does a great job working out the hooks with Labyrinth
veteran Olaf Thorsen
, however the entire strings section needs some more work on coming up with new sounds to add variety to the tracks. It seems they are missing a little perspective in that this is a concept album not a concept sound.
This debut is speedy and fun but lacks diversity. Cydonia
is worthy of prog-power metal collectors, but not those who only have the money for the cream of the crop.