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Byzantine — The Cicada Tree

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ Groovy, surefooted, at once familiar and alien… this is classic Byzantine, doing what they do best. As has become par for the course with this band, I still don’t know whether to classify them as prog, thrash, hard rock, djent, agitprop… comparisons to Lamb Of God, Porcupine Tree, Alice In Chains, Meshuggah… all of these approximations fit, and yet all miss the mark. Oddly enough, the main nitpick I have is the relatively underwhelming ending of the album, starting with the title track and culminating in two interesting but unnecessary covers. Still, you’ll want to listen to this album at least once.