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Cythadel : Tears Streamed Down

Cythadel (previously known as Cyborg) is a Mexican dark metal band that released some demo's since 1995 which got them some fame in the Mexican underground scene. 'Tears Streamed Down' is a collection of the material that had not yet been recorded under their previous name Cyborg.

Despite their exotic origin, the band unfortunately doesn't offer anything new. This is gothic metal including male grunts (that sound somewhat annoying), high-pitched female vocals, synth strings that are way too far in the front of the mix and quite predictable rhythm guitar work. More interesting are some fast guitar solo's that show that the band members know how to use their instruments and a few nice quieter parts with rhythm guitar sections that remind of bands like Fields of the Nephilim and The Sisters of Mercy. The sporadically used hispanic touch on some tracks featuring Latin instruments like acoustic guitars, is very interesting, but asks to be worked out better in future releases.

Although the band has some potential, it still needs to grow in the songwriting departement, because it takes more than happy up tempo tunes with sweet keyboards and melodic guitar solo's to make it in today's overcrowded gothic metal scene. The songs are melodic, but serve mostly as background easy listening music, because they lack original hooks and catchy riffs to keep the listener interested. Nevertheless, I believe that the band has enough potential to make it in future releases, if it takes more advantage of its interesting ethnic origin and the musical skills of its band members.

Band contact: cythadel_manager@yahoo.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro (as the Distant Sound of Cold Wind)
2. A Vision of Reality
3. Face of Sidonia
4. Ivory
5. As Silent as a Grave
6. The Dry Mind
7. A Shine of the Sun
8. Along the Way
9. The Graveyard

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

Visit the Cythadel bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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