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Cipher System Central Tunnel Eight

01. In Perfection 02. 24 Hours Left 03. What If 04. State Unknown 05. Central Tunnel Eight 06. Life Surrounds 07. CSI 08. Sufferstream 09. Receive, Retrieve & Escalate 10. Complete 11. Slow Chemical - Controle H
2004 Lifeforce Records
Our score 5


Some of my favorite bands have come out of the prolific Swedish metal scene, and then there are a great deal more bands that have been influenced by the "Gothenburg" sound. However, in recent memory, I feel saturated by the amount of European metal acts that sound the same and don't even come close to achieving the level of intensity of bands like At the Gates, Soilwork, or The Haunted. Cipher System, unfortunately falls into a rather bland category. I will give Cipher System props for being good at what they do, but the bands they are influenced by are so much better. The main problem this band seems to have (as is often the case) is that they don't bring anything new to the game. Central Tunnel Eight relies more on rehashing sounds of Soilwork and Dark Tranquility. I definitely think those are two great bands to have as influences, but I think these guys should try harder to bring something more creative to their songs, because, with this album, there isn't much to set Cipher System apart from the crowd. Overall, Central Tunnel Eight is packed full of melodic metal and keyboard sounds, which add a decent layer of atmosphere. The keyboards aren't out in the front, and remind me a good deal of earlier Soilwork, ala "A Predator's Portrait." There are a few songs that have a good thrash quality and are quite catchy. During a few listens of this album, a couple of songs ("State Unknown" in particular) reminded me of Dark Tranquility's "Damage Done" so much that I had to make sure I was listening to the correct album. Cipher System definitely play the part well, and I can't take away from their musical performance. Central Tunnel Eight was recorded at Studio Fredman by Patrik J-Sten and Fredrik Nordstrom, and I knew this sound before I read the information sheet. This record sounds as good as any In Flames or Dark Tranquility albums that I've heard. Everything is absolutely clear, yet crushing. I suppose if you want to sound like the masters, it would help to record at the same studio. Bottom Line: I may be a harsher critic of this kind of metal because I've been listening to it for a long time, but I really can't find anything in Central Tunnel Eight that stands out. While these guys are definitely talented musicians, I think they just lack enough creativity to stand up and be noticed. If you are interested in hearing another melodic, thrash band, then you might want to check out Cipher System, but there are other bands doing it much better.


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retch_ 10/25/2004 4:22:47 PM

first post

thereligion_ 10/25/2004 9:12:33 PM

second post

buckwheat_ 10/25/2004 10:52:06 PM

too not cory, no read

johanciphersystem_ 10/25/2004 11:14:23 PM

OOOH, you don't like our music! boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. We have more talent in our little finger than you do in your whole body. What band do you play for tough guy? huh? probably some bull shit in flames rifoff. gays.

scrigface_ 10/26/2004 1:48:38 AM

worst album cover ever

buckwheat_ 10/26/2004 2:13:03 AM

hahahahaha, johan. genius.

insideyou_ 10/26/2004 8:08:30 AM

" boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. " - you call that genius? yea. good one.

gimmicmygimmickster_ 10/26/2004 10:54:29 AM

Must. Post. Fanboy gimmick. On every. Single. Review.

Simon_Belmont_ 10/26/2004 3:04:33 PM

i got this cd in to review for my radio station and i thought it was actually cipher. and i got excited. then i realized it was cipher system and then i was not excited anymore

buckwheat_ 10/26/2004 3:30:10 PM

insideyou - get with the program.

Dissagree_ 10/27/2004 4:58:05 AM

rob_mcfeters_ 10/27/2004 2:44:33 PM

that's funny, because that metal-march site's review, almost quotes the band's one-sheet word for word. shred...