When instrumental prog metal meets violin, the outcome is truly a unique sound that sets a band apart from all others in their respective genre of music. Introducing Montreal’s Cydemind, their instrumental prog technique blended with violin as their vocal piece makes for an auditory experience like no other.
“I grew up listening to metal while playing classical music. I’ve always dreamed of merging these two musical environments that many would find conflicting. Cydemind is living proof they can actually be complimented perfectly together.” says violinist Olivier Allard.
Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini and Rush along with classical, jazz and progressive rock, the band are ready to present their first full length album Erosion on May 26th, 2017 to follow their 2014 debut EP Through Mist and Ages. The album was recorded in Montreal at The Grid with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis) along with additional recording of grand piano done at Studio 270.
“Even if we are a metal band, classical music is part of our identity and it was clear starting the project that we wanted to record with the most acoustic instruments possible.” explains Camille Delage, a graduate of classical piano from CEGEP St-Laurent in Montreal.
Erosion consists of six compositions including a 27 minute masterpiece of the album’s title track, making the release Cydemind’s most ambitious project to date. The album artwork was done by drummer and band co-founder Alexandre Dagenais along with lyrical poems included with the release written by pianist Camille Delage. The poems describe each composition as the album gravitates around the theme of nature and its persistence through time.
Hear Cydemind’s first single from Erosion, What Remains, below!
Olivier Allard (Violins)
Alexandre Dagenais (Drums)
Camille Delage (Keyboards/Piano)
Nico Damoulianos (Bass)
Kevin Paquet (Guitars)