For reasons unknown, France hasn't really produced a lot of
well-known progressive metal bands in the last several years.
Either the genre simply isn't very popular there, or perhaps the
country is teeming with bands that are completely unheard of
outside their borders.
In the field of French bands that sound like
Syrinx pretty much stands alone.
, the band's sole album released in 2000,
isn't really a
Dream Theater clone, though occasionally a strong resemblance
is heard (the intro to "New Old World", for example).
Rather, the focus is on energetic, complex metal, somewhat like
an heavier version of early DT.
The vocalist is one of those like-him-or-hate-him types, as he has
quite a range and isn't afraid to go for the very high notes,
though at times the screams are just a tad too much.
Nonetheless, there is a youthful exuberance mixed in with the
excellent musicianship, and as a result Crystal Cliffs
a bit on successive listens.
This seemed to be a promising start to a long career, but
the band soon disappeared from sight and broke up some time later.
Season Of Mist
- New Old World
- Frozen Tears
- Surge of Anger
- In My Mind
- Hollow Promises
- Nightmare of War
- Valley of Fate
- Crystal Cliffs
- At Dawn