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The Portal Tapes

by Cynic
The Portal Tapes by Cynic
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Season Of Mist
Recorded by Cynic members under the guise of side project Portal circa 1994 -- when Cynic's ambitiously intricate Miami death-metal was self-destructing -- this release of The Portal Tapes 18 years later comes on the heels of the band's 2011 Carbon-Based Anatomy, which sounds cut from the same cloth. Which is to say both albums are basically middle-of-the-road space-prog setting diaphanous female vocals to rhythmically static jazz-fusion delusions. No heavier than, say, Porcupine Tree, in other words -- albeit with occasional echo explosions ("Endless Endeavors") and fancy fretwork ("Cosmos").
Chuck Eddy