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Yesterday's Tomorrow

by Silver Cypher

Dark power metal heavily influenced by British power metal of the 80’s and American thrash metal of the 90’s
Genre: Metal/Punk: Power Metal
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1. Unfallen
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2. Conflict in Tristram
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3. Never More
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4. The Fall of Man
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5. Rise of the Machines
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6. Broken Carriers
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7. Ideology
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8. Naive Youth
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9. Pain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Silver Cypher is a power metal band from Cincinnati Ohio formed in 2005 by Jon Krech and Jon “Animal” Martin, and became complete in 2006 when Adam Brown and Mike Lawson joined. The American four-piece are best known for expressing thought-provoking and emotional music from topics centered in fantasy. Though heavily influenced by American and British Power metal of the 80’s and 90’s, the band incorporate elements of styles such as thrash doom metal into their songs, all the while making use of a wide range of vocal styles, and manages to create their own uniquely modern sound classified by their fans as the sub-genera dark power metal.


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Patrick de Sloover

The next promising act from Cincinnati
Power metal, with some thrash and doom metal influences, all mixed to one coherent volume is what you can expect from Silver Cypher. If you take a good listen to the vocals of Jon Krech, who is also responsible for Rhythm guitars, you will notice that he has a very unique voice that is hard to classify or compare with some big names. He brings the lyrics in a very natural and passionate manner, and mixed with defiant music, it's a great cocktail of promising material that needs a few spins to get into the songs. The album opens with 'Unfallen' which contains a guest appearance of Doug White on lead guitars, who was also taking care of the production of the album. This track is a straight into your face opener, leaving no mysterious or dark feeling behind, but opens direct, and to the point. The second track 'Conflict In Tristram' is totally different and gives a much better idea of the skills of the musicians as a team. This song has more Iced Earth influences in the composition and also vocals are in line with the whole arrangement. Drums start rolling in, and Jon Martin a.k.a. The Animal did a great job in this track! Next to come is 'Never More', which starts very easy and calm, but after a few seconds, lead guitars by Adam Brown gives you a punch right in the face. Again, Jon Krech is spreading his vocal chords abundant and exuberant and that leads into a chorus line that is worked out very well. Let's give some comment on the two songs that appear both on demo and cd, I totally agree with the choice of the band. 'Rise Of The Machines' is a mysterious, imminent and threatening track with a cool chorus line again, and the mix in different vocal directions bring on the necessary variety. Mike Lawson, bass player on duty, adds a pumping rhythm in the song and I guess that this song is a must see and hear at live gigs! The second that feature on both releases is 'Pain', and yep, that's exactly how the band sounds best. They like to add a slice of mystery, a slice of darkness, and a slice of unpredictably in their songs and that how it works out best. Concluding that this band is only a few years in the metal sector present, they might become the next promising act from Cincinnati

RASKAL

"Yesterday's Tomorrow" is more than an Underground CD!
You have to imagine a Heavy Metal very personal, dark, full of ambiances, the kind of music that really "live" when you listen to it in the dark and when you close your eyes…
SILVER CYPHER takes you to its universe that will reminds you a band like Iced Earth ( Night of the Stormrider) but played with more subtlety and emotions…
But the 10 minutes song "Conflict in Tristram" is pure Iced Earth style (and a great song too!). "Unfallen" the opening song have a cool NWOBHM atmosphere that makes me think to SATAN; "Never More" once again will takes you to melancholic analysis of "Human being" and its mistakes, no real melodies but an ambiance (but Heavy) song; "Rise of the Machines" is more "melodic" with great musical parts that will please all early Iced Earth fans, great vocals and the song is for me a "Hit"; "Broken Carriers" is another mid tempo song with melody and atmosphere, I really like it too, "Ideology" a 2'26 song have again this "NWOBHM" way to sing and melody, more Heavy than "Dark" very good short song; "Naïve Youth" the most "commercial" song (because of the great melodies and the "easy guitar riff") but personally I really like it! It's the second "face" from SILVER CYPHER one side Dark Heavy à la Iced Earth and one side traditional Heavy, it depend on the songs.
"Pain" is not my preferred but stay a solid Heavy song with good changes of rhythms; finally last song, "1d3r" more in ambiances good but not essential to me.
So you understood SILVER CYPHER is not for 80's Heavy Metal Die Hard but more for "open mind" Metal Heads or Iced Earth fans. This band have a real talent, and a great potential, no doubt about that; of course I would like more "Traditional Heavy Metal" parts in the future, but right now "Yesterday's Tomorrow" is more than an Underground CD!

Will Schwartz of HMAS.ORG

Mysteriously unsigned Ohio quartet Silver Cypher have it all.
Mysteriously unsigned Ohio quartet Silver Cypher have it all. They’re fantastic musicians, but more importantly, they know how to write a song. Not only are the melodies triumphantly memorable and adorned with singalong-ready harmonies, but the songs alternate in tempo and feel while staying cohesive, a varied sound that without question pays its respects to old school metal of the Maiden variety. Themes develop and progress but recur when the structure craves unity, and the way the band utilizes these trademarks without it becoming formulaic shows a maturity of songwriting which dwarfs minor leaguers everywhere.


A shining example of this is my favorite track on the album, the 10+ minute “Conflict in Tristram”. Note the dynamics, as this certifiably epic track gradually explodes into a frenzy of triplet-happy power thrash (complete with brief blast beats!), soaring vocals and absolutely RIPPING guitar work only helping matters. An effortless segue about halfway through to mellower territory leads into tasteful soloing that helps build up once again to a climactic, moody finish. Not since Metal Church’s ”Anthem to the Estranged” have I heard such a convincing straight-up heavy metal epic, Manilla Road notwithstanding.

Luckily, Silver Cypher are still unafraid to go for the jugular with shorter bruisers like opener ”Unfallen” and Priest-friendly ”Naïve Youth”, tempering their sense of the grandiose with tried-and-true, modern-day metal riffing. Just listen to the galloping war cry of ”Broken Carriers” and try to tell me it wasn’t meant to be played to throngs of screaming metalheads. It’s the sound of Megadeth-level musicianship coalescing with a sense of the bombastic, not in glossy production (although everything here sounds so crisp, you’d think it was a big budget affair) but in adventurous songwriting that pulls in the reigns before things can get cheesy.

For fans of a more modernized approach to classic metal a la Iced Earth (crank up ”Rise of the Machines” and reminisce to when Jon Schaffer used to write riffs like that), Yesterday's Tomorrow is a sure bet. Silver Cypher have presented the unsuspecting public with a refreshing slab of dark power metal that has helped restore my faith in a long-stagnant genre. With nods to metal’s established greats, Silver Cypher are kicking ahead into the future with a forward-thinking metallic attack, brimming with the visceral grit so often lacking in the hordes of today’s Nuclear Blast Euro bands. Silver Cypher remind the listener of all that’s great about no-frills, fist-pumping heavy goddamn metal.

Chris Lee

All fans of powerful, melodic heavy metal should grab a copy of this
CHRIS LEE’S CD REVIEWS (chrisleeworld@aol.com, www.myspace.com/chrisleesolo):

”Yesterday’s Tomorrow”-The debut release from Cincinnati, OH heavy metallers SILVER CYPHER is out now and does not disappoint in any way. The music is classic heavy metal, that doesn't sound at all dated, in the style of bands like ICED EARTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, and NEVERMORE and played with precision and tightness by Jon Krech and Adam Brown on guitars, Mike Lawson on bass, and Jon ‘Animal’ Martin on drums. Adam Brown also showcases his high level of shredness throughout the album providing the lead guitars (check out his one minute long guitar solo/intro ‘The Fall of Man’ to hear some of what I am talking about).

The album’s overall sound is top notch as well with the drums sounding big, the guitars and bass sounding thick, the vocals nailed and performed well, and the production in general great for a local release (or independent label release if it ends up as that), making this album worth listening to multiple times in one sitting. Conclusively, all fans of powerful, melodic heavy metal should grab a copy of this asap.

SpiralArchitect

Great production that is pristine but not overly pollished, excellent song writi
Great production that is pristine but not overly pollished, excellent song writing, great riffs, leads, drums sound big... heavier than hell!

These guys are one of the better power metal bands I have heard in a long time. In a world where everyone thinks thrash and power metal should sound like Pantera or just like Iron Maiden, these guys give me a complete breath of fresh air. More in the vein of Iced Earth, Sentenced, Nevermore, and Blind Gaurdian, but with an original sound they rejuvenate my faith in melodic thrash bands and they still keep it crushingly heavy! Most thrash bands now like Skeleton Witch and Municipal Waste are just trying to rehash a lot of the Bay-area thrash sounds and ditch the whole melodic element, but do nothing new for music nowadays. Don't get me wrong I like those bands but it's for nostalgia purposes, not because they have something new to bring to me.

The songs are epic and have a very depressing vibe in the lyrics as well as address quite a few political and social issues... not just a bunch of gay swords, dragons, rainbows, and hobbits like Dragonforce or Manowar. This is without a doubt the best thrash and/or power metal band I have heard come along in 10 years, and I've heard a lot!