Cynic was the band that brought melody to Florida Death Metal and Focus is a landmark album. On Focus, Cynic brought progressive instrumentation into the death metal sound without sounding like a bunch of Berklee College of Music graduates. Focus inspired bands in the 90s, like Meshuggah, and modern bands, like The Faceless. In the history and evolution of metal, this album was a huge step forward.
Cynic even pulls off vocoder vocals, and I almost uniformly hate those. Focus is a very special record. In fact, it’s almost perfect. What’s wrong? Musically, nothing is wrong. Focus is recommended for all people, past, present or future. No, what’s wrong is that mild Dream Theater vibe found in everything Cynic has ever done. It’s a minor gripe, but that vibe produced rad photographs like this. The photoshopping was done, not by me and certainly not Cynic, but some awesome online angel with a killer sense of humor.
Cynic – Focus
1 year ago