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German band Vyre have released the second part of "The Initial Frontier" but this review will cover the first part, which was released in 2013 as well as Part 2, which is the latest release.
Having a theme focused on outer space and alien elements, the music mirrors the theme. While there are some ethereal and otherworldy melodies that make their appearance throughout both albums courtesy of samples and eerie keyboards, the main base is symphonic black metal adding even more ambience and credence to the theme with some very alien sounding vocals and guitar work. What impressed me even more was the length of the songs on both parts. With the exception of a 40 second intro on Part 1, the majority of songs clock in at 7 minutes plus, with several delving in to double digit length. It's clear the band are beyond proficient at their respective instruments and looking at the list of bands each member has/had been associated with, none of the members are newbies by any means.
Cypher D. Rex' vocals are a combination of vitriol and emotion, each appearing when deemed necessary by the lyrics and music. The songs stay interesting as they move from your typical black metal speed to jazzy, prog and even electronic bridges and interludes, keeping you guessing as to what is coming next. With the variety of musical styles and the subject of the songs, you feel as though you are traveling through another dimension. These albums would be the perfect soundtrack for a jaunt through the cosmos and will transport you there if you tire of your earthly shackles. If you are looking for something a bit different and outside the box, then I seriously recommend giving "The Initial Frontier" a shot as it may provide you the cosmic escape you've been searching for.
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.
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