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Cyst - Concussion Symphony 2003 Hook N Mouth Records Reviewed by Chaoslord

Track Listing
1. Curse the Fates
2. Syst
3. I'll Break You Back
4. Without A Sound
5. Shield the Beating
6. Inhuman
7. Become Wrath
8. The Deterioration of the American Psych
Holy shit this band is fucking sick!!!!!

This quintet just blew me away after listening to it. I cannot believe that I haven't heard of this band before because they are really good. If you like old school thrash and also enjoy listening to grindcore/death metal then this is the band for you.

This quintet has absolutely floored me with their thrash metal riffs and how well they merged these two styles together. Vocalist Dan Ortega can go from a guttural Mortician style rumbling to a high pitched Glen Benton-esque screech. And the guitarwork on this album is just plain kick ass. Guitarists Mike Maxson and Kyle Bennet are obviously fans of old Bay Area thrash like Exodus, Overkill, Anthrax, and Slayer. I mean good god these guys are just revoltingly good with their guitars.

The album whips you through like a bad roller coaster ride at the fair and leaves you bloodied and bruised after it's over and screaming for more. I thought I was gonna get whiplash I was banging my head so hard. I haven't heard a band that has excited me this much in awhile and I look forward to the next album that these guys put out.

Flat out if you like metal go and buy this CD because you will shoot yourself in the face if you don't pick this one up. Or if you don't believe what I'm saying go to www.hooknmouth.com and check them out.

Buy it, but be prepared for the bloodbath you are about to unleash!!!!


--Chaoslord 07.13.04

About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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