CypherSeer's much anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut "Awakening Day", is stronger, heavier, faster and an overall outstanding sophomore effort for this young band. Equipped with an arsenal of new members, CypherSeer's "Origins" features fierce guitar work and vocals that highlight the powerful rhythmic ensemble. Origins can best be described as a cross between In Flames' "Clayman" and Evergrey's "Recreation Day", added spice of Scar Symmetry, Mercenary, Soilwork and others - It's fast, technical, and extremely melodic. "Origins" was edited and mixed by well known talent Fredrik Nordstrom ( In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Dream Evil).
CypherSeer hails from New Jersey/New York area of the States. Whether recording or during live shows, CypherSeer always pushes the envelope in order to keep the experience fresh and their fans engaged. The
history of CypherSeer has included a lot of big names in the metal
industry such as James Rivera (Helstar, Vicious Rumors) and Mike LePond (Symphony X). However, the most notable name is producer extraordinaire Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Etc). Nordstrom’s magic can be heard on "Awakening Day", CypherSeer’s debut album.
During the winter of 2008, the rebuilding of the band process began with the search for a new vocalist. The spot was quickly filled by Zeno Rodrigo, a powerful singer whose voice would redefine the sound of CypherSeer. With the focal point of the band accounted for, auditions continued for the remainder of the rhythm section. In the end, drummer Lee Corrado and bassist Kristian Lolo were the two musicians selected to fill the roster, and CypherSeer was reborn, stronger than ever.
Now, armed with an improved line-up, CypherSeer returns with the
recording of their much anticipated sophomore album, "Origins". With Fredrik Nordstrom once again behind the mixing board, the new album brings a more powerful, technical and ambitious sound in comparison to the debut album.
The vision, sound, and drive are completely in sync, as a new era
CypherSeer-Origins (Nightmare Records)
CypherSeer's sophomore effort starts off gangbusters enough, laying all of their melodic metal cards on the table in a flurry of harmonized guitar leads, double kick drums and powerful vocals, all laid atop a bright 'n bursting production.
It's good to hear that bands still find it viable to create this sort of obviously Swedish-influenced metal, without the expected metalcore pattern of riff-chorus-breakdown-repeat. Instead, CypherSeer see fit to pepper their songwriting with copious clean vocals-nicely and tunefully handled by front man Zeno Rodrigo-and enjoyable power metal theatrics, the likes of which few of their young American contemporaries see fit to include most of the time.
Yes, CypherSeer's sound is mightily European in scope, influenced primarily by In Flames, Evergrey and Soilwork, yet with a down-to-earth American touch, likely due to their humble Jersey origins. Sure, this sophomore LP might speak a bit of 'kitchen sink" syndrome, with the whole affair sounding quite schizoid and ADD at times, but Origins is a powerful and punchy effort overall, more than speaking of CypherSeer's ability as a collective.
Origins is definitely recommended for fans of the Gothenburg scene or melodic metal in general, rendered even more impressive by its homegrown, made in the USA fervor. Check it out.
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Staff Writer/Blogger: Metal Army America (Posted on 7/27/13)
CypherSeer combine the heaviness found in American power metal with some of the finesse of their European counterparts. Fans of Iced Earth, In Flames, and Nevermore will find Origins to their liking. It's heavy, fast, and has some technical flare while never sacrificing it's melodic heart. The songs on this album flow nicely from beginning to end. Though it doesn't happen often, there is a little bit of redundancy, with a couple of songs running together with others. (Posted on 7/27/13)
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