CygnosiC
A Deity In Pain


3.5
great

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
September 21st, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Poised on the very cusp of greatness yet ultimately held back by what makes it so great.

CynosiC hails from Athens, and it would be a shame to discount the talent of this one man industrial act. Georg Psaroudakis creates some of the most tasteful, well done tracks in recent memory on his debut A Deity In Pain; innovative and with a decidedly ambient quality A Deity In Pain is one of the strongest debut's listeners are likely to hear in the genre.

A low, horror like drone greats the listener on the opening track "To Spread The Chaos," signaling the beginning of Psaroudakis's multiple genre influences. Rather than blast the listener with heavy beats and even heavier distorted vocals CygnosiC chooses the lasting appeal of low key-synths and restrained drums. Psaroudakis's vocals are distorted but refrain from getting into aggro-tech distorted territory, making it relatively easy to decipher the lyrics rather than have it become a labor of love. The fast paced synth-line seems to almost escape the tightly bound hold that is placed around it, only to have the sound of a choir distinguish all chances of the track ever evolving into some generic 145bpm monster.

Restraint is a good way to describe CyngosiC's sound, Psaroudakis's self control and, if his bio is to be believed, drive to make something different are readily apparent in each track. Even the samples used are strange and seemingly odd choices that manage to mesh perfectly with the sound of the album; "One O Two" and "You Stink Of Fear" are the prime examples here, though the former does tend to get a bit monotonous at times when compared to the variety offered by the latter. Another feather in A Deity In Pain's hat is the way the drums and synth's compliment each other; while one might take the stage from time to time they are never become wild or disharmonious, and each is given it's own time to shine.

One of the black marks against A Deity In Pain is also one of it's strengths, in an album so restrained it's hard for there to be many standout moments, and if one had to be chosen it seems that the peak of the album comes quite early and leaves abruptly; the choice to place "To Spread The Chaos," "Luna Obscura," and "Zero Tolerance" back to back makes to album a bit heavy in the beginning. "The Lag of Time" later tries to climb those heights, but is too little too late to make a real difference. Closing the album with a remix has always seemed like a strange choice, and actually hinders the albums flow due to CynosiC's sound being so constant; evolution, however minimal, is always a welcome addition to an electronic album and "Luna Obscura (Chaotic Mix)" hinders this ideal.

In spite of the few complaints CynosiC's A Deity In Pain remains a great album, one whose multi-genre influences and masterful use of minimalistic buildups push it above the many other genre debut's. Though the album never progresses very far it does show that progress can be made without using many of the genre standard sounds and techniques, Psaroudakis and his wish to create something different largely succeeded. A Deity In Pain is enjoyable, I hope the project finds a following rather than flail about until it's death.



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Acanthus
September 21st 2011


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any issues hit me up, though I might not be able to make corrections until later on today.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2011


31491 Comments


There's a word missing from your summary

Like cusp maybe?

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Blindsided
September 21st 2011


1871 Comments


Cusp her boob.

pizzamachine
September 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I'll check this out.

Acanthus
September 21st 2011


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah Deviant, thanks for the help man! Posted this right before I decided to go and have kidney stones so the summary was kinda rushed.

@Pizza - I think you'll like it sir, bloc and I agree on this rating even.

HeathenEarthling
September 21st 2011


92 Comments


It's up to you, but I think it would be more informative to start describing this style as "EBM" rather than "industrial" (which can mean almost anything these days).

Acanthus
September 21st 2011


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed it could be, to be honest I cheat most of the time and use the Sputnik tag for the most part; I'm still not sure exactly what constitutes EBM nowadays.

HeathenEarthling
September 21st 2011


92 Comments


Yeah, I don't think Sputnik even has an EBM tag yet.

Acanthus
September 21st 2011


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nope (Deviants brought this up before in threads) it probably never will. Nevertheless the "industrial" tag gets the job done mostly, we can just be annoyed at it for the time being.

bloc
September 21st 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules but I kid you not when I say his new album, Fallen, DESTROYS this.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011


7122 Comments


Good review man have a pos, how come you keep doing reviews with low user ratings?

bloc
September 21st 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because those are always the best albums

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011


7122 Comments


You heard of Cold Driven bloc?

bloc
September 21st 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, I have not. What kind of music do they play?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2011


7122 Comments


Alt Hard Rock, Check out their Wicked Side Of Me EP

bloc
September 21st 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, just listened to a bit on Youtube and it doesn't seem to be my kind of thing : (

Acanthus
September 21st 2011


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@bloc - I've yet to get it, though I was planning on it. If it really destroys this I'll be a happy man!

@IpodMastery - Idk really, I just liked the album enough to feel inspired about the review; the only really well known review I did was for Tool and that one went over far better than I ever expected.



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