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Album Review

Concept albums have been a part of progressive rock, and they have been a part of metal. So it isn't surprising that progressive metal would give us some concept albums here and there, and one of those prog metal concept albums is Cynthesis' DeEvolution. This 2011 release uses prog metal to tell a futuristic sci-fi tale that involves corrupt politicians and a mind control conspiracy; some will compare DeEvolution to Queensrÿche's Operation: Mindcrime because of the lyrics and story, but that isn't to say that Cynthesis (which includes three members of the band Zero Hour) actually sound like Queensrÿche or are trying to emulate them. This is progressive metal, not power metal (although power metal is an influence). And while Operation: Mindcrime is excellent from start to finish, DeEvolution is slightly uneven. Nonetheless, this is a generally appealing effort that has more plusses than minuses. Cynthesis' melodies, which are on the moody side, get a lot of inspiration from Pink Floyd, but instead of simply being a prog rock band, Cynthesis have some metallic muscle. The heavier parts of DeEvolution, however, aren't overly harsh; Cynthesis sometimes crank up the heaviness to a Judas Priest/Iron Maiden level when they're feeling aggressive, but they never crank up the heaviness to a Slayer or Gorgoroth level. And they always maintain a strong sense of musical craftsmanship; Cynthesis can be aggressive, but they are always melodic, intricate, and nuanced. Despite its imperfections, DeEvolution is a worthwhile example of a prog metal act building an entire album around a specific theme/story.

Customer Reviews

The return of the Tipton brothers!

YES! YES! YES! Something Different, something new, completely AWESOME!

DeEvolution = Evolution of progressive metal to a new level

CYNTHESIS ......proving Darwin had it dead-on, you either evolve or die, survival of the fittest, CYNTHESIS now sits firmly atop the progressive metal food chain. Jasun & Troy Tipton have always pushed the limits of HEAVY, both playing with a unique style of their own, but with an amazing synergy that is grounded in both technical virtuosity and mind bending song writing ability, DeEvolution has raised the bar yet again,. This album weaves a dark, bleak picture of what is and what will be. If i had to sum it up in one word I'd have to use DEVASTATING. In reading it seems the album was recorded in Jason Tipton's new home studio, HUGE, the sound is HEAVY & HUGE. This album goes far beyond anything I've heard in the genre in the past so I highly recommend you get your copy and wait patiently for the Tipton brothers and crew to do what they never fail to do - and that's DELIVER.

\m/ - Truly a 5 OUT OF 5 !!!!!!


I'm a long time fan of Zero Hour and needless to say am excited beyond words to hear the Tipton brothers reunite with Erik. If you are a Zero Hour fan, then Cynthesis is for you! If you are a fan of progressive metal that merges crunch and atmosphere look no further....check this out!! :)

DeEvolution, Cynthesis
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Apr 19, 2011

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