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Review: Cyberya - Mindcontrol

Label: SPV
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:19
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 24, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (8 Votes)

Cyberya is a case of what happens when a band asks themselves the question, "what should we do to be noticed?"

Well, they decided to answer it by producing...wait for album that sounds like the lovechild of Rammstein and Angel Dust, with a bit of Gamma Ray added in for the chorii. This is a cross of poppy Industrial music and anthemic Power Metal, and while I don't like the abundance of songs that just plod along in the verse-chorus-verse mode (I'd like it to be less like Rammstein and more like Ministry, for instance), this is good for what it is. As long as you're not expecting anything brilliant, this is quite a catchy and charming little album, with its chunky, crunchy guitar tone, crystal-clear production, odd electronic flourishes, and of course the charismatic, flexible vocals of Paul Dahlmann, who sounds like a cross between Nils K. Rue and Kai Hansen. This is about evenly distributed between its two source genres, borrowing the riff-heavy approach of Power Metal and the repetitive, droning nature of Industrial.

You pretty much know what you're going to get here, as the first song, the epic, smashing "Ministry of T.E.C.H." sums things up perfectly - you have a cool intro, some decent riffs, a verse or two and then the poppy, layered and extremely catchy chorus, which will be hammered into your head about a million times before the song ends. This isn't a very complex album, and it gets dull on some songs, but with tracks as good as the aforementioned "Ministry of T.E.C.H.," the propulsive "Invisible," the catchy "Since I Loved You," the spacey title track and the best song here in the smashing "Addicted to Warfare," you can't go wrong with Cyberya when you're not in the mood for something too demanding. We probably won't ever get another album from these guys, but Mindcontrol is good enough. Recommended.

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