What: Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame Tour
Who: CYNIC w/ Intronaut & Dysrythmia
When: July 31, 2010
Where: The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL
Early May marked the announcement of one of the most anticipated shows of the summer: a Cynic headlining tour. But this is more than just your run-of-the-mill headlining tour. Getting to hear their whole classic album Focus in it’s entirety as well as hang out with the band via the VIP package sold on the band’s website is what hailed it as one of the most intimate, epic shows of all time.
We left St. Louis around 11:30am, a little later than expected, but made good time until we got into the suburbs and the city limits of Chicago. Once we hit the traffic it took us an extra hour and a half to get to the venue. Nevertheless we got to the venue around 6pm and proceeded to the line for those with the VIP package. They had told us to be there around 6:15pm but they didn’t start the meet & greet until bout 6:30pm. Either way, it was worth the wait.
Paul, Sean, Tymon, and Robin came out to the bar area and hung out for a good hour to sign stuff and mingle with the fans. When all the fans were taken care of they made their way back to the dressing rooms. Two guys in our caravan – Fernando & John – had scheduled a guitar lesson with Tymon and had hoped to get it in before the meet & greet, but to our surprise – and relief – we ended up going back to the backstage area for about 45 minutes before the first band went on and hung out while they got their lesson.
The first band of the night was Dysrythmia, a progressive-instrumental four-piece from Queens, New York. I had listened to them a little bit leading up to the show and I checked out a few songs from their performance. I don’t know if it was the sound that was off for them or what, but I definitely enjoy them better on the album than live because the different parts sounded kinda mashed together at times. However, I will check them out again if they’re ever on another show that I’m at. They played 4 or 5 songs, but because I am not too familiar with them I don’t have a setlist.
Next up was Los Angeles doom-metallers known as Intronaut. I was really digging the material that I listened to before the show, and was not disappointed by their live show. If you’re into bands like Mastodon, Baroness, and The Sword, check this band out when you get a chance. My absolute favorite part of the set was during the last song in which one of the guitar players picked up a pair of drumsticks and proceeded to play an extra set of floor toms that were set up next to the main kit in vain of Soulfly’s typical interludes. Very tight live band overall. Cheers to them.
The Literal Black Cloud
Finally… the band we’d all been waiting for. This was my 2nd time seeing Cynic, as I had caught them this past spring in Louisville with BTBAM, Devin Townsend Project, & Scale the Summit. Needless to say I was excited to see them play a nice long headlining set. They wasted little time in between songs and the set seemed to go by ridiculously fast. Then again, when you enjoy the music and really get into it you tend to lose sense of time.
The visuals for their set were exceptional. They had 2 round projection screens on both sides of the stage on which they displayed images on, while their huge banner hung behind Sean and his drum kit. They also had sweet lasers that seemed to be sync’ed up with the music, especially during songs like I’m But a Wave to… and Cosmos. It was cool to hear the original version of Integral with Paul singing over the acoustic guitar along with the “Traced in Air” version later in the set.
Veil of Maya
The Eagle Nature
I’m But a Wave to…
How Could I
The Space For This
The Unknown Guest
Wheels Within Wheels
If you’re bummed out about not getting to see the show, Damnation’s own videographer Mackenzie Barrow recorded the entire set (with Cynic’s approval) in 720p and has posted it on YouTube at this location: