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Bartender
Emeritus
July 1st 2004



826 Comments


Thanks.

[QUOTE=Zappa]"Textures" has revealed itself to be a band trying an exercise in a style they're not really fit for.[/QUOTE]

I never thought of it like that, probably because I'm not a jazz/fusion fan (though I'm starting to look for One of a Kind).

manuscriptreplica
August 12th 2004



431 Comments


Found this album in the store the other day... Couldn't believe it. I'm the proud owner of a Focus!

Distorted Vision
August 12th 2004



184 Comments


My copy came the other day as well, I finally got around to ordering it. Had it shipped in from America for a total of only £6.66. :evil:

FillInTheBlankHere___
August 12th 2004



64 Comments


Excellent review. :thumb:

I bought this album about a year ago ( www.freesonrock.com ), and though it was the most expensive single album I've ever bought (came up to about 31 bucks CDN after tax), it is INCREDIBLY worth it. Focus is the only CD I listened to for about two months, and I still listen to it regularly.

The musicianship on this album is probably the best I have ever heard in metal. Sean Reinert has become my favourite drummer, and Sean Malone's bass playing is unreal. The guitar solo in How Could I is my favourite solo of all time. Every time I hear that solo, I've got to stop what I'm doing, it just moves me that much.

I feel that this album acheives a near perfect balance of metal and fusion, it breaks my heart that this is the only Cynic full length. I'll be purchasing the Gordian Knot albums soon, however.

I'm not a HUGE fan of the robo vocals, but they serve their purpose, and I feel that Cynic just wouldn't be Cynic without the vocals.

This is definetely a 5/5, it's incredible that they manage to make the music listenable with this level of technicality, and yes, sometimes even catchy (Uroboric Forms, anyone?). Focus is the only album I own that I've never had to take a break from, it's still almost as fresh as the first time I downloaded ...I'm But A Wave To from Coypu's site. Quite possibly my favourite CD of all time.

manuscriptreplica
August 12th 2004



431 Comments


6.66 pounds eh... I paid $33 for mine. Oh well.

I love the robot voices, esp. in Veil of Maya. It adds a nice touch. The only thing I could fault the album with is the hardcore vocals, which I dislike in general. It fits the music nicely though.

Iai
Emeritus
August 12th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You know, when I looked at that album cover, I thought it was a certain....anatomical feature.....then again, it was a very quick glimpse, and it's very late. I'll definitely make a note to check this out. Sounds just like my kinda thing

Bartender
Emeritus
August 12th 2004



826 Comments


[QUOTE=Iai]You know, when I looked at that album cover, I thought it was a certain....anatomical feature.....then again, it was a very quick glimpse, and it's very late. I'll definitely make a note to check this out. Sounds just like my kinda thing[/QUOTE]

I find it pretty funny that you saw that in this album cover, when Coypu's avatar was frequently mistaken for exactly the same thing (and yet, suprisingly given the amount he talked about it, wasn't this album cover). Hope you do get around to checking it out, let us (me) know how you find it if you do.

Shadows
Moderator
November 24th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry to bump this, but...

I'm actually listening to it right now. Excellent album - absolutely incredible. Very creative and the instruments are expertly played. I love almost every aspect of it. Not metalhead could go wrong with this record.

Happymeal
November 24th 2004



330 Comments


I've been meaning to listen to this for quite some time now. There are terribly long qeues for this on slsk:p

Zappa
November 24th 2004



355 Comments


I have it, dude.

Shadows
Moderator
November 24th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So do I.

Actually the qeue for this when I downloaded it was under thirty so it started very quickly.

sensitiveorgan00
November 25th 2004



41 Comments


I don't like the production too much on the album, is the re-release worth getting?
I heard a demo version of 'Uroboric Forms', good stuff. I like how it didn't have those digital/robotic vocals.

manuscriptreplica
November 25th 2004



431 Comments


The demo version is much better than the Focus version, I'd say pick it up if you can find it

Shadows
Moderator
January 19th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent album. I may add another review of this since the re-release has six additional tracks, although was a damn good review.

FillInTheBlankHere___
January 28th 2005



64 Comments


Please do a review of the re-release. Despite having many, many, other CDs to add to my collection that I don't own at all, I'm quite tempted to buy the re-release as this is probably my favourite album of all time.

Shadows
Moderator
January 29th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found it at a local Media Play. But unfortunately, I went back to buy it and it was gone. :upset: But I'll follow up on what I said by downloading it anyway.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 30th 2005



2125 Comments


This album is the goods.

Arrakakaka
October 22nd 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a diverse album. I love it all to pieces.

Jawaharal
October 22nd 2005



1832 Comments


I love it too.

paranoid923
October 22nd 2005



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is beyond amazing. One of my favorites. It manages to combind all sorts of genres add technicallity and still be catchy and listenable.



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