Cipher System
Communicate the Storms
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Release date: 9 September, 2011
Playing time: 46:28

Another band that can be added to the melo-death genre. These Swedes have inked a deal with the mighty Nuclear Blast and that should indicate that they have something special. I have to say that I'm not completely convinced. The band isn't very original, although I have to admit that it all sounds very good. Nice melodies and guitar solos that doesn't sound typically Swedish but more in the vein of Norther and Children of Bodom. Sometimes the riffing has a The Haunted vibe, but a band like Soilwork isn't far away either.

The vocals sound more aggressive metalcore-like, but in my opinion more brutal death grunts would have sounded better with this music. It seems that melodic death bands can't do without the clean vocals and that is something to be heard in several songs too. The drums are very tight and give the songs the necessary drive. Certainly not a bad record, but if you ask me it is again a bit too regular and average. The execution of the songs and musicianship of the members make the album worth listening to though. Fans of Soilwork and Sonic Syndicate should to take a listen.


01. 7 Inch Cut
Forget to Forgive
Communicate the Storms
04. Gods Terminal
05. End My Path
06. Objection
07. The Stairway
08. A Lesson Learned
09. Project Life Collapse
10. The Failure Starts

Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 28 August, 2011