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Parasite Inc. - Cyan Night Dreams review

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Band: Parasite Inc.
Album: Cyan Night Dreams
Release date: August 2022

01. Lithium
02. I Am
03. First Born
04. Cyan Night Dreams
05. In False Light
06. Osmium
07. Follow The Blind
08. Under Broken Skies
09. Into Destruction
10. When All Is Said

Do parasites dream of electric sheep?

You are feeling sleepy, oh so sleepy. Come, close your eyes and drift off into neverland, where you will spend your slumber inside Cyan Night Dreams. Your eyes start to feel heavy, the internal movie projector fires up and the soundtrack to tonight's mental movie is provided by melodeath metallers Parasite Inc.

Deeper you fall into the abyss of sleep, lulled further into the endless void as colours suddenly speed past you, warping your reality with neon bright flashes that slowly coalesce from disparate rays of light a la "Lithium" into the first act of said internal movie, "I Am".

"I Am" is the ego stretching its muscles with a powerful and assertive blast of power that will hype you up and have you engaged from the off. Deeper into the realms of psyche you venture, when, out of the darkness shapes dance and make up the image of Godzilla. That's right, while awake, you had listened to Gojira earlier in the day, and now your mind has regurgitated into being "First Born", a strong track, though one that wears its influence on its sleeves.

Suddenly, the shapes recede into the darkness and the bright neon lights fly underneath your feet and carry you high into the air; you rush with the serotonin to new heights as "Cyan Night Dreams" soundscapes this blissful moment, where synth and metal unite for a power death pop track that lifts you the highest you will experience throughout this dream.

With that, the lights recede and everything starts to drain of colour; you start slipping as you desperately grab onto what little colour is left, but it is receding fast and what you hold is "False Light". Falling fast, you twist and turn through the cacophony of noise that blurs into one as you try to hold onto something, with only the odd guitar solo slowing your descent into latter-day In Flames (but less pretentious) nightmare. Though you try to clutch onto something, anything, "Under Broken Skies" and "Into Destruction" offer no solid surfaces onto which to cling for salvation.

It is as "When All Is Said" that the film whips off of its reel and the movie comes to an end; with a flicker of your eyes you are back in the real world (you have my sympathy). While your Cyan Night Dream sounded amazing, with each element being polished to perfection and well balanced, the dream promised so much, but after act 4, it seemed to lose momentum and not make the most of the endless possibilities at the disposal of the imagination.

Though I enjoy my sleep, I don't think I'll be having Cyan Night Dreams again anytime soon. Though a short nap would have been a better rest for Parasite Inc., it is a slumber to which I hoped the alarm clock had woken me early for once.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 6
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 6
Production: 7

Written on 26.08.2022 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


Comments: 2   Visited by: 81 users
26.08.2022 - 20:29

I enjoyed this a lot. It is just cheesy, catchy, and bro-y enough, but also just melo-death enough. Really fun, nonessential listening.
26.08.2022 - 21:02
Rating: 6
A Nice Guy
Well I enjoyed this review, it's an Interesting read indeed, much more interesting than listening to the album in fact. I found the actual concept of the album an interesting one, but the execution sadly wasn't imo, I can understand it appealing to some though, just not me unfortunately.

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