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  • Summary: This is the third full-length studio release for the Los Angeles-based progressive rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    While Cynic's songwriting here is far from simple, their ability to create cohesion between the many elements at work in their music is a boon to the listener, providing the opportunity to enjoy the depth and complexity of the music without needing to spend an excessive amount of time trying to make heads or tails of it.
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Cynic’s shredders utilize their skills to construct great melodies and riffs, which often blossom into solid tunes that demand the listener’s attention.
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    The dynamics are top notch, shifting masterfully from a melodic tone to a heavy, empowered voice.
  4. Feb 20, 2014
    50
    While Kindly Bent To Free Us carries Cynic’s trademark sound, it simultaneously sounds like it could’ve been written by a number of groups.
  5. Feb 20, 2014
    40
    This isn't a slight dip in quality, it's an avalanche.
  6. Mar 10, 2014
    40
    Kindly Bent to Free Us works as a sort of retroactive insult: It resurrects many of the misgivings people have always had about Cynic--the overindulgent vocals, for instance, or the ponderous new-age musings--and runs wild with them.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    6
    With this new Cynic release, they falter a bit. One, the recording. The vocals and guitars are very limp and weak, and the drums and bass areWith this new Cynic release, they falter a bit. One, the recording. The vocals and guitars are very limp and weak, and the drums and bass are way too overbearing. Played fantastically though. Melodically and structurally, the songs fairly accessible to an extent, while not suffering too much overall. What really hurts this the most is the complete lack of metal, going for more of sweet, almost poppy sound. Easy going alternative rock fused with progressive metal. All these changes leave me feeling underwhelmed. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2015
    1
    Not a huge fan of giving albums 1's or 0's, but sometimes it just has to be done.Cynic have been extremely influential and experimental inNot a huge fan of giving albums 1's or 0's, but sometimes it just has to be done.Cynic have been extremely influential and experimental in their time of being musicians. Traced in Air and Focus are both among some of my favorite albums of all time, but this just falls flat. It sounds lousy and monotonous. I know this band can do better than this and it's a shame. I wouldn't ordinarily give it a 1, but knowing a band of this caliber, they shouldn't be releasing such dull and lifeless music. Just check out Focus or Traced in Air if you want real good music.. Might wanna skip out on this one Expand