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On 6/28/2020 at 2:37 AM, Balor said:

Come to think of it, I have never seen one that actually was good.  There was one for Demons & Wizards that was fun for being able to read what the song is about in more detail, but nevertheless looked dorky overall.

 

Here's a really good lyric video with a nice approach, although it's still very 'flicky'. I love the idea that the lyrics are being typed out on an old typewriter, as if a story is being written - which it more or less is. Our focus is being directed to the lyrics, but I think in this case it works because the lyrics are important to the tune. 

 

Also, I tend not to enjoy music videos at all as I find them too distracting from the song - hence I think I don't like Behemoth until I actually listen to 'The Satanist' without any videos whatsoever and I realise that it's a pretty happening album!

Here's an example of a video that works really well for me as it reminds me of my trip through Norway but also because it's got that real rock n roll freedom vibe:

 

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Cynic - Focus ...I wish I liked this album. On one hand there's the amazing musicianship, great parts, lots of cool ideas, a really unique take on death metal. On the other hand, the songs feel incoherent, a lot of the great ideas are unsupported, and the vocal melodies grate on my nerves. Been trying since I first heard it in 1996, and it's still not working for me.

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1 hour ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Cynic - Focus ...I wish I liked this album. On one hand there's the amazing musicianship, great parts, lots of cool ideas, a really unique take on death metal. On the other hand, the songs feel incoherent, a lot of the great ideas are unsupported, and the vocal melodies grate on my nerves. Been trying since I first heard it in 1996, and it's still not working for me.

With you here.  That alien/robot vocal effect is really annoying and as much as I can recognise and acknowledge the effort it falls on design over content.  Highly overrated album.

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1 hour ago, MacabreEternal said:

With you here.  That alien/robot vocal effect is really annoying and as much as I can recognise and acknowledge the effort it falls on design over content.  Highly overrated album.

You're a big fan of the later albums though, right? I never gave them a shot. I've always sort of lazily/stupidly figured that I just didn't like Cynic and that was that.

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3 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Cynic - Focus ...I wish I liked this album. On one hand there's the amazing musicianship, great parts, lots of cool ideas, a really unique take on death metal. On the other hand, the songs feel incoherent, a lot of the great ideas are unsupported, and the vocal melodies grate on my nerves. Been trying since I first heard it in 1996, and it's still not working for me.

I agree. I can get into Focus sometimes if I'm in the mood for it, but it's not often at that.

On the other hand, Cynic's '90 and 1991 demos are the bee's nuts.

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12 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

You're a big fan of the later albums though, right? I never gave them a shot. I've always sort of lazily/stupidly figured that I just didn't like Cynic and that was that.

I only have heard Focus and Kindly Bent To Free Us.  I think the latter is a solid modern prog rock/metal album and I prefer it to Focus by a long chalk.  Kindly Bent To Free Us is great background music which might seem an insult but isn’t meant to be.  It fills my head regardless of what I am doing without being intrusive.

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