Ascension Codes

Cynic - Ascension Codes
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I hold a dear place in my heart for Cynic's first two records, so this new album coming after the tragic deaths of two pivotal members, Sean Malone and Sean Reinert, was an emotional return. Matt Lynch had been performing with Cynic for years, so I had no worries about his role given his talent and experience. Dave Mackay also did a decent job picking up the bass responsibilities for the album. Ascension Codes sounds like a continuation of Traced in Air with its complex, yet smooth progressive ... read more


Cynic - Ascension Codes

Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 62% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 428th / 1104

Highlight: Mythical Serpents

Made me think of:
North Atlantic Oscillation
Dream Theater


The fourth and last Cynic album.
This is by far the best sounding one and the most different one.
This one is the one that nails the futuristic sound, where the others failed, or it seemed out of place for what they were trying to do.
It's the less heavy one, but the jazziest one, positively.
I'm glad they did something very original at last, after two albums that were good, but didn't have anything in special, this one feels special.

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Track List

  1. Mu-54*
  2. The Winged Ones
  3. A'-va432
  4. Elements and their Inhabitants
  5. Ha-144
  6. Mythical Serpents
  7. Sha48*
  8. 6th Dimensional Archetype
  9. DNA Activation Template
  10. Shar-216
  11. Architects of Consciousness
  12. DA'z-a86.4
  13. Aurora
  14. DU-*61.714285
  15. In a Multiverse Where Atoms Sing
  16. A'jha108
  17. Diamond Light Body
  18. Ec-ka72

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Added on: November 26, 2021