"Cydonia" (Metal Blade; 2001)

Reviewed by Keith Guillotine

What a great album! Finally, something powerful enough to make my ears bleed! This U.S. debut by Italian Metal band Cydonia starts out hard and loud, and just gets better. These guys remind me of the early works of Helloween, and that's definitely a good thing.

The superb use of high speed guitar riffs and a double bass drum set bring each song to life as they tell the tale of Cydonia and how the Earth was originally populated by beings from Mars (talk about a concept album!).

"Cydonia" has a slight religious overtone but only if you listen closely and pay particular attention to the lyrics. It's not overbearing by any means.

The final track, "Eternal Night," brings things to a slow close, which is a nice touch. There's also a surprise after the last song which you'll have to find out for yourself by getting the CD.

Cydonia is: Dan Keying - Lead and Backing Vocals; Steve Sguario - Guitars; Trevor O'Neal - Bass; Lee Crow - Keyboards; and Mat Stancioiu - Drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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