Occasionally a band drops through The Metal Observer mail box and itís time to get excited: that band could be and will be Americaís CYPHERSEER.
An amalgamation of ICED EARTH, IN FLAMES and bits of NEVERMORE with the modern punch of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, these Yanks produce a thoroughly modern Power Metal sound thatís miles away from some of the genres staid efforts. Ironically much of their music is vastly different from traditionally regarded US Power Metal like CAGE, VISCIOUS RUMORS, etc., and you wouldnít be incorrect in thinking that they hailed from Europe. A mixed bag indeed!
If you like the envelope pushing sounds of ORDEN OGAN and LOST HORIZON two very different Power Metal outfits then CYPHERSEER will whet the appetite no end. The band have rebuilt since their first album; bringing in new lead vocalist Zeno Rodrigo, drummer Lee Corrado and bassist Kristian Lolo who fit in rather well. Rodrigo in particular is a stand out with his Zak Stevens-esque timbre coupled with deathly growls adding much gravitas to the tumbling riffs and pounding drums. Opener "Bloodline" crushes as does the Metalcore enhanced sound of "The Curse."
This is highly driven Metal with a great big fat punch of Melody, Heavy as hell but immediately accessible. The quality tunes donít stop as the manic vigour of "Dying Force" seeks to perforate eardrums, likewise the colossal riffing barrage of "Faith Renounced" just levels. "Red Rain" might be a touch formulaic but what the hell, itís a cracking tune.
Coming from a band only two albums into a career, "Origins" reeks of value and of much promise. Definitely worth checking out if you have a passing like for Modern Metal and like to dip the toes into Metalcore and Traditional Power Metal.
(Online July 28, 2011)