What happens when leading mainstream genres like electro and funk breed with progressive metal? Well, Cyrax happens. We’ve come a long way from just distorted guitars and turn tables playing our music for us. Both of them have maintained their distance up until now. Many tried to attempt a mix but the hybrid wasn’t just what we needed, it lacked something or the other. After The Prodigy successfully transfused rock with electro and funk music, it was about time someone did the same with metal and strut; that’s where Cyrax comes into picture.
To those who already know the band must know what humongosaurus album their debut ‘Reflections’ was, which, not to forget was a conceptual album. It blows one’s mind to see the amount of hard work new and uprising musicians put into their music. The game is just not same any more; we’re long past the time when we used watch TV and rock out to our favourite rockstars and drool to be like them someday. As times changed, technology advanced, now it’s not just about who gets biggest stage and fame; it’s about how many hearts you touch when you have 10,000 bands as your competitors and each one different than the other.
‘Pictures’ concoct progressive metal with avant-garde and electronic music with violin as a seasoning in just the right places where you need it to be. Even though the band as whole put out a very euphoric vibe, vocals by Marco Antoni and bass by Cesare Ferrari is something to look forward to by the time you finish first track. Magical ballet is created by Paolo Musazzi on synth (and guitar) and Larsen Premoli which oft times come as the sweetest thing you ever heard in a long time.
‘Shine Through Darkness’ trilogy in the album is worth listening every second. The more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. Gothic vocals by Evelyn Iuliano on ‘These Greenvalleys’ and ‘Oedipus Rex ‘, and the violin background are like complimentary dessert on the house for choosing the place to eat tonight.
‘Pictures’ in a nutshell is a rare mixture of several genres served in perfect combination, one at time, perfect note by note; Neither serving excess of anything nor depriving you of anything. A perfect blend of simplicity you need in your metal.
Suggested Tracks: Shine Through Darkness I, II and III, The 7th Seal, Phunkrax