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Release date: 17 November 2008
Style: Progressive metal

Rating:

8.5 | 439 votes

Owners:

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43 want it


01. Nunc Fluens
02. The Space For This
03. Evolutionary Sleeper
04. Integral Birth
05. The Unknown Guest
06. Adam's Murmur
07. King Of Those Who Know
08. Nunc Stans
09. Adam's Murmur [demo] [Japanese bonus]

Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Paul Masvidal - vocals, guitar, guitar synthesizer
Sean Reinert - drums
Tymon Kruidenier - guitars, vocals
Sean Malone - bass, chapman stick

Guest musicians
Amy Correia - vocals


Additional info
Release dates:

17 Nov: Europe
25 Nov: North America

Releases:

-Box Set (Limited to 1000 copies)
-Digibook (Limited Edition)
-Normal CD Version
-LP (Limited Edition)

Produced by Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert.
Engineered and mixed by Warren Riker.
Recorded in Los Angeles at Broken Wave Studios.
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman.

Artwork by Robert Venosa.

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Homer S. - 21.12.2010 at 12:49  
  Excellent album, but way too short for it's own good...
Favourite track: "The Unknown Guest"
kpu27 - 27.07.2011 at 01:45  
Rating: 10 Unbelievable album, will be in my top 100 when i die, short yes but the feeling in this album and overall atmosphere is unique
Panterica - 11.10.2011 at 23:08  
  No review and only 2 comments? I didn't know this album was that underrated...
Troy Killjoy - 11.10.2011 at 23:11  
 
Written by Panterica on 11.10.2011 at 23:08
I didn't know this album was that underrated...

Almost 300 votes with an average score of 8.5.

I don't know what you think underrated means.
Panterica - 11.10.2011 at 23:30  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.10.2011 at 23:11

Written by Panterica on 11.10.2011 at 23:08
I didn't know this album was that underrated...

Almost 300 votes with an average score of 8.5.

I don't know what you think underrated means.


Well, maybe underrated wasn't an accurate term, but I still have the feeling this album is unjustly overlooked.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.10.2011 at 23:30  
  The Browning >>>>>>>>> This Album
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 00:51  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.10.2011 at 23:30
The Browning >>>>>>>>> This Album

I have to disagree with that but I will say this album isn't that much better than The Browning.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2011 at 00:54  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 00:51

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.10.2011 at 23:30
The Browning >>>>>>>>> This Album

I have to disagree with that but I will say this album isn't that much better than The Browning.

Come on Troy, you love those bleepy keyboards and delicious breakdowns! xD
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 01:00  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 00:54
Come on Troy, you love those bleepy keyboards and delicious breakdowns! xD

All they're missing is a vocoder.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2011 at 01:03  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:00

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 00:54
Come on Troy, you love those bleepy keyboards and delicious breakdowns! xD

All they're missing is a vocoder.

If you want some autotuned Deathcore I was actually shown some today. Design the Skyline.... it's bad. Very bad.
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 01:03  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:03
Design the Skyline.... it's bad. Very bad.

Void Eater beat you to it. I think he was the first one to hate on them in the forums actually.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2011 at 01:05  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:03


Void Eater beat you to it. I think he was the first one to hate on them in the forums actually.

Well maybe I'll just go beat Void Eater.
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 01:06  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:05
Well maybe I'll just go beat Void Eater.

Beat him while playing TIA in the background. That way nobody wins.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2011 at 01:08  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:06

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:05
Well maybe I'll just go beat Void Eater.

Beat him while playing TIA in the background. That way nobody wins.

Dunno if you've seen it but here's DTS whinging about negative comments and about their "individuality":



Feel free to move it if your moderator-sense kicks in.
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 01:13  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:08
Dunno if you've seen it but here's DTS whinging about negative comments and about their "individuality"

The problem here is that the praise for Cynic outweighs the criticism.

We're just minority men.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2011 at 01:16  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:13

The problem here is that the praise for Cynic outweighs the criticism.

We're just minority men.

But we carry great influence. You with your amada of reviews, moderating abilities and universal respect, and me with my, umm, Zoidberg emoticon

(V) (;,,;) (V)

Whoop.
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 01:20  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:16
But we carry great influence. You with your amada of reviews, moderating abilities and universal respect

I have but one of those three things, and it's a respect based on my willingness to partake in trolling.

How can anyone like this garbage? Nu metal prog bullshit for gayboys and preteen girls trying to fit in with the junior high alternative crowd. False metal.
fabregassed - 12.10.2011 at 02:01  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:08


Dunno if you've seen it but here's DTS whinging about negative comments and about their "individuality":



We're so original... so we're just going to ramble on with a few cliches while dressing like every other dime-a-dozen band out there to show our individuality.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.10.2011 at 08:11  
  I still have to review Design The Skyline for the upcoming Lords Of Metal, that will give them a reason to further whinge and whine A truly horrendous album released on the once good Victory Records label.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.10.2011 at 08:13  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:20

Nu metal prog bullshit for gayboys and preteen girls trying to fit in with the junior high alternative crowd. False metal.


If you will allow me I will use that line in my review for Lords
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 08:14  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.10.2011 at 08:13
If you will allow me I will use that line in my review for Lords

I'd be honored.
musicalkaratekid - 03.04.2012 at 02:17  
Rating: 9 'Traced in Air' consists of many different layers, and in my view, listening to it more than twice is necessary to pick it apart and give your final 'judgement'. Naturally, tthis album is certainly not to everyone's tastes. There are those who despise the band's excessive use of keyboards and uplifitng melodies, which prove to be a highlight for me. I will admit that i am a big cynic fan, but 'Traced in air' is one of those albums you really have to listen to without distractions. And even then you may or may not like it. It just depends on personal taste i guess. Anyway, i believe cynic are going to get more melodic with everything they release in the future. 'Carbon-based anatomy' is a relatively brave starting point for that path...
NocturnalStalker - 11.09.2012 at 17:40  
  I really like this album. It sounds soft and airy but that's appropriate given the themes they chose for their lyrics. Besides this sound is what makes them quite different from many other progressive metal bands and gives them individuality.
And those who buy the CD will get as a bonus impressive artwork made by Robert Venosa which compliments the music really well.
qlacs - 09.06.2013 at 14:51  
Rating: 8 Interesting how the staff is picking on this whereas the atmosphere itself on TiA is just a tiny bit lighter than on Focus. A bit less intense, less sophisticated, but feels more earthly an calming than the precursor. Back then when this came out I also labelled this as a disappointment, but with time I came to like it pretty much.
Mik - 18.09.2016 at 20:34  
  This is not much better than Lulu.
Marcel Hubregtse - 19.09.2016 at 03:52  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 01:03

Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 01:00

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.10.2011 at 00:54
Come on Troy, you love those bleepy keyboards and delicious breakdowns! xD

All they're missing is a vocoder.

If you want some autotuned Deathcore I was actually shown some today. Design the Skyline.... it's bad. Very bad.



I just reread what I wrote on DTS and used Troy"s quote hahahaha

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/20271
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.09.2016 at 09:53  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.09.2016 at 03:52

I just reread what I wrote on DTS and used Troy"s quote hahahaha

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/20271

It's a quote worth remembering. Although now I'm reminded that DTS exists :'(
Mik - 19.09.2016 at 12:59  
  Thanks for making me aware of the existence of DTS!
qlacs - 01.10.2016 at 12:24  
Rating: 8 So "funny" reading back years commenting as staff is bashing the record yet none had the balls to put out a score and therefore invoking the need to explain themselves for the tide of fans who just scroll through this section.

Certainly not a record that I spin often, I only touch it if I need some Focus. The Space For This, Integral Birth (the mix on the promo was better), Nunc Stans and Adam's Murmur are well written but in the vein very far from what they played back then. Evolutionary Sleeper, The Unknown Guest and King Of Those Who Know all became missed opportunities IMO, they show some shine of the old days but the mellowness, or quick variance of atmosphere totally killed them for me, or just simply abrupt ending (chose one for each).
Compared to the almighty debut it lacks the essence and sound that made that record great. Also to vocoder is definitely used to death.

And if you didn't expect Focus Pt. 2 you'll find it's still a good album.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.10.2016 at 12:29  
 
Written by qlacs on 01.10.2016 at 12:24

So "funny" reading back years commenting as staff is bashing the record yet none had the balls to put out a score and therefore invoking the need to explain themselves for the tide of fans who just scroll through this section.

And if you didn't expect Focus Pt. 2 you'll find it's still a good album.

Nice presumptuous leap there. Was never a staff, but I was an official reviewer for a bit, and when I had scores (before nuking them all a year or so ago) I think this was the second lowest scored album in the 2000 and a bit scores I had given out, the first being Beherit's terrible failure than was Engram. This is still one the lamest, worst albums I've heard in my life and quite happy to shout that out whenever is necessary. Was never that into Focus either, although it was pretty decent, so nothing to do with expectations either.
qlacs - 01.10.2016 at 12:48  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.10.2016 at 12:29


Nice presumptuous leap there. Was never a staff, but I was an official reviewer for a bit, and when I had scores (before nuking them all a year or so ago) I think this was the second lowest scored album in the 2000 and a bit scores I had given out, the first being Beherit's terrible failure than was Engram. This is still one the lamest, worst albums I've heard in my life and quite happy to shout that out whenever is necessary. Was never that into Focus either, although it was pretty decent, so nothing to do with expectations either.


Troy and Marcel is/was. I was not talking about you specifically. And yes, looking back the section it definitely looks the way I described. What Marcel said here in the name of "die-hard fans" definitely underlines high expectations. On the other hand if, talking about a "leap", if there is no right to criticize people in terms of these discussions just because they are staff, I guess there are good reasons not to be a part of this site. In a free world nobody likes dictatorships.

Maybe for you it wasn't a matter of expectations, but then again tastes do differ which people with a healthy sense of being do acknowledge. I don't like everything you like and the same goes for you vice versa
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.10.2016 at 12:59  
 
Written by qlacs on 01.10.2016 at 12:48


Troy and Marcel is/was. I was not talking about you specifically. And yes, looking back the section it definitely looks the way I described. What Marcel said here in the name of "die-hard fans" definitely underlines high expectations. On the other hand if, talking about a "leap", if there is no right to criticize people in terms of these discussions just because they are staff, I guess there are good reasons not to be a part of this site. In a free world nobody likes dictatorships.

Maybe for you it wasn't a matter of expectations, but then again tastes do differ which people with a healthy sense of being do acknowledge. I don't like everything you like and the same goes for you vice versa

You've a right to think whatever you like of other people's opinions, but I think accusing Troy and Marcel of not having balls to put out a score is flat out wrong. Probably two of the most outspoken staff that were ever here. Troy has given out his fair share of reviews that he knew would upset people and Marcel could never be accused of resting on his laurels where criticism is concerned. What you suggested is that they were trying to obfuscate their comments by not giving scores, which I don't think is true. If you meant that they never reviewed the album then that's kind of their choice, although it is odd that the album never received a staff review. I don't think that's because no one had the balls too though. Just seems like a bit of a low blow because you don't like their opinion.

And yeah, I get that people like this album and that I'm in a minority. I just flat out hated the sound and approach here is all.
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.10.2016 at 13:18  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.10.2016 at 12:59


You've a right to think whatever you like of other people's opinions, but I think accusing Troy and Marcel of not having balls to put out a score is flat out wrong. Probably two of the most outspoken staff that were ever here. Troy has given out his fair share of reviews that he knew would upset people and Marcel could never be accused of resting on his laurels where criticism is concerned. What you suggested is that they were trying to obfuscate their comments by not giving scores, which I don't think is true. If you meant that they never reviewed the album then that's kind of their choice, although it is odd that the album never received a staff review. I don't think that's because no one had the balls too though.



At the time I did give a score (of 4) Just like I scored loads of albums here on MS. But, like you I nuked all my scores.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.10.2016 at 13:19  
  Yeah I thought I recalled it being pretty low
3rdWorld - 01.10.2016 at 21:43  
  Goes to show how obsessed still people get over votes. I guess thats maybe(?) why they deleted their ratings. As for Cynic, I think I've heard the Re-traced album and finding it pretty yawn-inducing. Don't think I will ever return to this band at all.

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