CYRAX - Experiences

Cyrax - Experiences

11 songs
53:06 minutes
***** *


Itís been some time since Cyrax have released new music. Their debut album Reflections was released in 2013 on the prestigious Musea label. Two years later they signed to Bakerteam who released their sophomore album Pictures. Then five years passed by, accompanied by many line-up changes. The original drummer returned, the vocalist is still the same, but apart from that it is all new members and yet another new label with WormHoleDeath for their third record Experiences.

The debut album was rather on the short side, the second record was just a little over forty minutes, and this time we get fifty-three minutes of music. In the past, Cyrax had already problems to keep it all on a high level. There were always moments of visionary greatness, but also filler material. This time it is unfortunately not that different. You canít blame the band for being monotonous, and thatís where the major problem lies: Cyrax seem to have lost themselves in a jungle of ideas. They are collecting a hodgepodge of different stylistic elements and more often than not fail to bring it into a cohesive whole.

The album starts with the intro Ut Queant Laxis, which is a religious hymn, and sounds like one. At nearly three minutes it is just too long. The first regular track Notes From The Underground is a solid slab of progressive metal, at seven minutes maybe a little too long for its own good. Dorian Gray is just weird and reminds me of Austrian avantgarde metal band Angizia. In this song, we get a downright klezmer chorus with clarinet and everything. Itís not the only stylistic surprise on the album, but it does work very well. Reflections Pt. II is a quasi-instrumental prog metal track, quite listenable although coming a little early on the album. Such material is often better kept for the second half. Itís probably a nod to the bandís debut album. Truemetal is anything but what it implies. It starts as a blues song with female vocals, and is yet another nod at their debut album which contained a blues track. Then comes a techno part, followed by a metal movement with death growls, and back are the female vocals that add a symphonic metal flair, later there is a country and western moment, and then it just feels to me as if the musicians are trying to cram just too many things into this seven-minute track. ”rů (Ďsť do bheatha Ďbhaile) is an old Irish folk song, and while it would have been interesting to hear a metalized version, this just stays to true to the original spirit, being more Sinnead OíConnor than actual metal music. Wozzeck offers finally some real metal again. This is progressive thrash metal that feels really refreshing after all the preceding experimentation. Odysseia is an instrumental jazz fusion piece. This would have sounded nice on a fusion album, but in this case it disrupts the momentum which just started again with the preceding metal track. Global Warming is another prog thrasher, and then the album ends with the two-parted Infinito. Prologo is yet another instrumental piece, before Epilogo ends the album on a proggy metal note.

I really wanted to like this album! I really did! Also I am not averse to experiments in music. But Cyrax missed the opportunity to make it sound cohesive. You get the impression that you are listening to half a dozen different bands here. I still have not lost my faith in these still young Italian musicians. There have been a lot of line-up changes recently, and maybe some more time playing together will allow Cyrax to finally release their magnum opus I am still hoping for.

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