Cynthesis is another branch of the ever-mutating
tree -- first there was, of course, Zero Hour itself, then
which featured three core ZH members with a different vocalist, and
here we have Cynthesis, featuring a different core ZH trio with a new
The common element are the Tipton brothers, guitarist Jasun and bassist
Here, on the debut Cynthesis album DeEvolution
, we have something
to Zero Hour, that being prime, quality melodic progressive metal.
One-time ZH vocalist Erik Rosvold hasn't been heard from since 2003,
but his is a welcome return, his clear, forceful yet gentle voice carrying
the tunes nicely indeed.
This isn't hyper-technical prog metal (save some rambunctious moments
such as "Divided Day"),
but a more relaxed beast, for some reason late-period
comes to mind as a sort-of soundalike.
There's really nothing to fault on this album, the pieces are in place
and everything clicks as it should.
Not sure if the Tiptons will focus on this band or Zero Hour
(or both, or neither) moving forward, but as it stands
is a top-notch pure progressive metal album.
Reviews: Sea Of Tranquility
Lords Of Metal
- The Man Without Skin
- Divided Day
- Shallow World
- Profits Of Disaster
- The Edifice Grin
- A Song Of Unrest
- Erik Rosvold
- Jasun Tipton
- Troy Tipton
- Sean Flanegan