Cynic - Focus


8.8 | 617 votes |
Release date: 14 September 1993
Style: Progressive death metal

Owners:

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66 want it
2 trade it


01. Veil Of Maya
02. Celestial Voyage
03. The Eagle Nature
04. Sentiment
05. I'm But A Wave To...
06. Uroboric Forms
07. Textures
08. How Could I
09. Veil Of Maya [2004 remix] [The Expanded Edition bonus]
10. I'm But A Wave To... [2004 remix] [The Expanded Edition bonus]
11. How Could I [2004 remix] [The Expanded Edition bonus]
12. Cosmos [Portal] [The Expanded Edition bonus]
13. The Circle's Gone [Portal] [The Expanded Edition bonus]
14. Endless Endeavors [Portal] [The Expanded Edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1993: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 150

Line-up
Paul Masvidal - vocals, guitar, guitar synthesizer
Jason Göbel - guitar, guitar synthesizer
Sean Malone - bass, chapman stick
Sean Reinert - drums, keyboards

Session musicians
Tony Teegarden - vocals
Sonia Otey - vocals
Steve Gruden - vocals

Additional info
Produced by Cynic and Scott Burns.
Engineered and mixed by Scott Burns.
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, FL.
Cover art: "Angelic Manifestation" by Robert Venosal

Re-issued in '04 by Roadrunner Records. The album was remastered, has 6 bonus tracks, including three '04 remixes, and three Portal songs, a deluxe booklet containing new artwork, new liner notes, previously unseen pictures and a personal message from Paul Masvidal.
Produced for reissue by Tom Burleigh, Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert.
Mastered by Kevin Bartley at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA.

Staff review by
Herzebeth
Rating:
9.7
This album really impressed me in the minute I pushed play on my Stereo; Cynic the King without Crown, Cynic is like H.P Lovecraft or Vincent van Gogh, artists that public worshiped only after they died. Cynic released only one Full Length and a lot of Demos, nowadays people is hungry to get their material, fortunately I got Focus, so let's talk about this awesome album.

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published 12.01.2006 | Comments (52)

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17.06.2011 - 00:12
Mattybu
I love this album. Cynic are just geniuses in my books.
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30.10.2011 - 20:48
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid
A timeless album. The melodic elements throughout the album tie in brilliantly with the fercity of the death metal influences. I cannot wait for their new album\m/
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05.03.2012 - 22:10
Renard Solitaire
I should listen to the whole album. I checked out Veil of Maya and it was awesome!
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10.01.2013 - 22:29
Illog1cal
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Written by musicalkaratekid on 30.10.2011 at 20:48

A timeless album. The melodic elements throughout the album tie in brilliantly with the fercity of the death metal influences. I cannot wait for their new album\m/


I don't find this to be ferocious at all, the vocals and down-tuned guitar seem pointless.
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11.01.2013 - 01:11
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid
Written by Guest on 10.01.2013 at 22:29

Written by musicalkaratekid on 30.10.2011 at 20:48

A timeless album. The melodic elements throughout the album tie in brilliantly with the fercity of the death metal influences. I cannot wait for their new album\m/


I don't find this to be ferocious at all, the vocals and down-tuned guitar seem pointless.


Well I say ferocious in comparison to the lighter elements of the album.
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18.04.2014 - 01:47
Rating: 10
PsychoticNK
Among my top 3 favorite metal albums, such a flawless mix of psychedelic aesthetics and sci-fi oriented prog metal.
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15.07.2014 - 17:57
Rating: 10
AmbivalentBadger
One of the greatest albums ever - listening to it feels like floating in an ocean of pure beauty. Unique and nearly impossible to imitate, there will most likely never be another of its kind.
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06.08.2014 - 17:25
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
A brilliant records. No words can do it justice so, if you somehow haven't had an opportunity to listen to this jewel of metal, please, do it.
My favourite tracks: Veil of Maya, I'm But a Wave to..., Uroboric Forms, Textures, How Could I.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
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18.01.2018 - 23:25
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Veil of Maya is a very catchy track
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19.01.2018 - 01:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
So superior to anything they did afterwrds it isn't even funny anymore.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

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25.03.2018 - 23:58
Rating: 8
anathema_1977
Good stuff. I didnt come across them any earlier than now, funny.
Remarkably progressive approach, in particular regarding the time.
My highlights are Veil of Maya, Celestial voyage, Textures, and How could I.
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