FRESH MEAT - CYPHER16 - THE GREAT SURVEYOR

“Cypher16 are a hugely talented, innovative organic rock band, who fuse electronic and metal influences with hints of industrial to create their own unique musical mix.

Having toured in the UK, Europe, China, India and America, Cypher16 have played with the likes of AMARANTHE, FEAR FACTORY, LACUNA COIL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MUDVAYNE, and IN THIS MOMENT, to name but a few.”

They are a British band who formed in 2007 and have released a few EPs, but “The Great Surveyor” is their debut album made with renowned producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead/ Bullet For My Valentine/ Funeral For A Friend).

I have to say that I was instantly hooked when I heard the short intro track, “I Am The Great Surveyor”, and then “The Whole Sea To Cross”. There’s a lot of energy in this band’s performance and the vocalist is superb, reminding me a little at times of Michael Poulsen from Volbeat.

As if those tracks weren’t good enough, it gets even better with third track “In My Line of Country” with a really catchy chorus that will have you singing it for hours afterwards while you’re trying to concentrate on something else.

The whole album is, by turns, epic and suitably heavy with standout tracks like the aforementioned "In My Line of Country", "The Deep Six", "Open The Dark Door", and "Before The Reign".

The back end of the album sees "Down A Level (Part I)" slowing it down with some great 'chugging' that Metallica would be proud of. "Down A Level (Part II)" speeds it up again before we slow it down immensely with the final track, "Curtains Close" - a downbeat gloomy affair, but with a punchy chorus.

I am positive that these guys will build a massive following with their successful touring and the release of this stunning album.

 


REVIEWER: SIMON MILLS