Tales Of Pain

The Cyon Project are a stoner rock/metal band from Italy, who released their new album 'Tales Of Pain' early in 2015, With influences as far ranging as rock, metal, stoner and alternative, the album is an interesting mix of songs.    
Opening the album is the epic atmospheric 'Joe', all spooky, haunting and classic Italian opera sounding, building into a crescendo that gives way to the high energy, hard rocking 'Cheesy Song'. Raw and dirty 'Cheesy Song' is ballsy and rampant with gravel edged vocals. 'Mr Creosote' is more of the same but a lot heavier and chugs away endlessly as it thunders on. Picking up the pace is 'Riot' as it rocks and rolls its way through some awesome guitar hooks and melodies with one of the strongest vocal performances on the album. The vocals are well suited to the dirty, rough and raw attitude of the album which is enforced by 'Rulemaker' which is a bold, brash and arrogant stomp. 'Rulemaker' is very heavy and one of the most "metal" songs off the album.    
'Phantom Limb' is a striking departure musically from the rest of the album with it's acoustic feel, soulful vocals and lighters in the air vibe. Yet as the song progresses it meanders effortlessly between heavy guitars, ballad and ballsy rock. Many of the songs on the album are sub four minutes with some even less than three minutes, giving the album a punchy feel. Rocking quickly from one song to the next, you are kept on your toes with what surprise is next. 'Isacc Foretold It' is another chugging, thunderous romp with crunching guitars while 'Average People' is more of the same, but much, much heavier. If you like your hard rock balls out, in your face and direct, then you won't go wrong with this album.    
With powerful, gravel edged and at times venomous vocals, crunching guitars and songs that twist and turn through various genres, 'Tales Of Pain' has so much variety. 'Raise Your Head' opens like a blues tinged, bar room stomp, but has traits of alternative and progressive rock as it kicks into life and kinda stamps on you as it runs off. 'Sandglass' showcases the powerful vocals as it wanders through acoustic passages, keeping the lighters burning bright. 'John Ryder' swings the album back to the balls out hard rocking attitude and is one of those infectious types of song that will have you involuntarily stomping your feet and nodding your head. Closing the album is 'Englewood's Hotel', a song without a real musical identity as it shifts from genre to genre keeping the listener intrigued as to which path it will flow down next.    
Overall, heavy guitars and in your face hard rock, this album has attitude and aggression but also some mellower moments too.    
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
Reviewed For Stampede Press UK