(TheMadIsraeli reviews the new fourth album by the German band Cypecore, which was released on February 16, 2018.)
I’ve known about Cypecore since the debut of their third album Identity, released in 2016. I don’t know a lot about the history of the band, but that record came after a 6-year gap between albums. I’ve never heard anything from those first two albums, only Identity, and the subject of today’s review. This new release by them is The Alliance.
Cypecore are not some futuristic black metal band, despite what you might immediately assume from their attire. Rather, they are a brawny, massive melodic death metal band with a lot of industrial/electronic elements sandwiched in. It’s all about grooves, hooks, and atmospherics with machine-gun rhythms and grandiose melodic set pieces. I’d call them Heaven Shall Burn mixed with Fear Factory and Reroute To Remain/Soundtrack To Your Escape-era In Flames, all things I happen to be a fan of.
From the opening and title track onward, it’s nothing but insanely weighty low-tuned chunks, melodic hooks, and huge choruses. Cypecore have a pretty definite grasp of what it is they’re good at, they know how to milk it for all it’s worth, and what they do is deadly and effective. The thick and overwhelming mix conveys the musical steamroller they wanted to communicate, and the vocalist very much brings Joe Duplantier in his prime to mind.
I’m not usually a fan of more simple, direct forms of metal any more, but I love what these guys are doing. Definitely worth checking out.