Fractal Cypher – Prelude To An Impending Outcome

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Fractal Cypher – Prelude To An Impending Outcome
Released: 2018
Reviewed: December, 2018
Rating:  3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!

This feature is so good, I had to name it twice!   About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases.  There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)

Anvil (Toronto, ON)

Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)

Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)

Assault (Vancouver, BC)

Black Rat (Calgary, AB)

Cauldron (Toronto, ON)

Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)

Dethgod (Calgary, AB)

Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, AB)

Iomair (Scarborough, ON)

Ice War (Ottawa, ON)

Leah (Vancouver, BC)

Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)

Malacoda (Oakville, ON)

Mongol (Edmonton, AB)

Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)

Skullfist (Toronto, ON)

Solborn (Edmonton, AB)

Thor (Vancouver, BC)

Trollwar (Alma, PQ)

Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)

W.M.D (Calgary, AB)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)

Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!

Since Canada is largely known for Death Metal and Thrash, it is good to see another progressive Power Metal band enter the game. Fractal Cypher have followed up their debut album with a four track EP, but it is still longer than some full-length thrash albums!

This quintet from Montreal released PRELUDE TO AN IMPENDING OUTCOME and it features some cool artwork that reminds me a bit of the old Sci-Fi/Fantasy animated film, Heavy Metal.  They also took the time and effort to produce a decent disc, booklet with lyrics and photos.  Like all of their brethren in this sub-genre, Fractal Cypher write long, interesting and complex songs. Even though the songs stretch from six, eight and into 10 minutes long they never get boring.

If I had to pick one influence I could easily point to, I would say Dream Theater, but that is not a negative!   The EP opens with a gentle piano piece and a subdued vocal performance before launching onto the song proper.   All the songs change up tempos, have interesting arrangements and proficient technical playing.  This is not however hyper-technical flash prog for the sake of showmanship….although I’m sure these guys could play that way if they want, the song remains the focus.   I’m glad they don’t throw in the growl vocals, this is more of purer form of Progressive Hard Rock/Metal.

Since I’m not a musician, I find these albums hard to review, because I lack the words, the musical lexicon and terminology to talk with authority about 64thtime signatures (I don’t even know if that makes sense, I think I read it somewhere) but as a fan, I do know what I like and Fractal Cypher hits a sweet spot of amazing musicianship and complex songs without drowning the listener in a sea of notes.  I feel in a relatively short time these guys have worked their way towards the upper echelon of a small group of Canadian classic Prog Metal.

Track Listing:

  1. Coming Back to Life

  2. The Grandeur Of It All

  3. From The Above And To All The Stars

  4. Red Lady

Line Up:

Tommy Fradette-Bass
Steven Cope-Drums
Vincent Bruneau-Guitar
Ludovico Daoust-Keyboards
Simon Lavoie-Vocals