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...AND OCEANS - Cypher - CD - Century Media Records

review by: Matt Smith

Listening to this album, I was reminded greatly of Frontline Assembly. Though a bit more poppy and listenable than the group they seem to borrow a bit too much from, the influence is undeniable. Lots of snare and cymbals make up the drum line, with hardly any displays of real skill. Simple guitar parts don't add much, either, though I suppose they're just right for the industrial feel the group is going for. Even the distorted production harkens back to the Assembly.

The only redeeming feature of the sound is the electronic influence - there are some decent sounds used that guitars can't make, and some simplistic synth melodies. But repetitiveness and simplicity don't make a good combination; they just make me bored. Unoriginal chorus, verse, chorus, same-sounding verse but with some different words, chorus ... And the repetition of the mediocre synth loops just starts to grate away at me after they've been going on for awhile. I'm not a big fan of Frontline Assembly, but I'd much rather listen to Millennium than Cypher.

review by: Roberto Martinelli

Am I the only one that wishes ...And Oceans would go back to the style that they did so well on The Symmetry of I, the Circle of O? ...And Oceans' last album, A.M.G.O.D. (review in issue #1) was getting too pompous and wanky for its own good, and now this once wonderful Finnish group has fallen off the deep end. -

 

 

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The Mantle

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Erasing Mankind

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