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14.05.2019 by TONYB
BAND/AUTHOR:

CYRIL

(GERMANY)

TITLE:
THE WAY THROUGH
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
PROGRESSIVE PROMOTION RECORDS
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
"Easy to access thanks to its effective pop colouring, "The Way Through" has a slightly too smooth appearance that does not allow it to stand out from the plethora of productions of the same kind."
Gathered under a first name, the members who make up Cyril are now well known to the regulars of German productions of the Progressive Promotion Records label. 

For this third opus, the germans left it up to Guy Manning to concoct the story of a patient in a coma, who is trying to find his way back to the light, and we are following its evolution through reflections on different themes. concerning the musical aspects of this new object, this review could be a plagiarism of the one describing the band's previous album, "Paralyzed". After an introduction and a keyboard solo that takes us along the paths of IQ period 80's, the band sets up a neo-progressive typical of the 90's, the one that was proposed by the majority of bands evolving in the style before many of them took a harder turn flirting with the metal.

Here, no aggressiveness disrupts the very melodic approach of the different compositions, even when the guitars come to knit a crazy score in the background ('The Wasteland - Home Again'). The central point remains above all the melody, with welcoming verses and memorable choruses, thus offering an easy and pleasant listening from the very beginning. Neo- and vintage keyboards weave their tablecloths on which guitars full of reverb' delightfully caress the ears ('First Love (A Lullaby)').

In the usual little game of comparisons, the listener will be able to find similarities with Unitopia in "My Own Reflection", a more pop than progressive title carried by his choirs and Marek Arnold's saxophone. This instrument, which is always used wisely, provides an interesting colouring that somewhat distinguishes the band from its peers, without however avoiding the trap of repetition when the subject becomes a little too repetitive ('The Way Through'). 

In the end, "The Way Through" turns out to be a good album in every aspect, typical of the neo-progressive productions of the 90's and 2000's. Easy to access thanks to an effective pop colouring, its slightly too smooth appearance does not allow it to stand out from the plethora of productions of the same kind.

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UNITOPIA, SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR, FLAMING ROW, UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY

TRACK LISTING
01. The Gate - 5:46
02. My Own Reflection - 6:46
03. First Love - A Lullaby) - 8:19
04. Get Up High - 8:41
05. A Sign On the Road - 4:33
06. The Wasteland - Home Again - 5:54
07. The Way Through? - 6:15


LINEUP
Clemens Litschko: Batterie / Percussions
Denis Strassburg: Basse
Larry Brödel: Chant
Manuel Schmid: Chant / Claviers
Marek Arnold: Claviers / Saxophone, clarinette
Ralf Dietsch: Guitares


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90's, Easy Listening / FM, Neo, Concept-album
 
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