With the help of Dillinger Escape Plan’s Guitarist and Backroom Studios producer Kevin Antreassian (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Russell Allen, The Number 12 Looks Like You), the material presented on Cyclical Insight by Lyken21 defines the term crossover, sending its listeners on a journey between the daylight and their dreams.
The aggressive tracks presented are as invigorating as they are forceful. There are songs such as Shadows with its punk vibe, to hard-edged, riff-filled songs like Sanctified and Doomsday Deception. Melodic thrash & NWOBM influenced songs include Assassin and American Zombiewhich makes the album comparable to some of the sensational virtuoso’s of former generations.
More mainstream songs such as Ebb Of Humanity, Lost In My Head and Good Can Be Goodsmash in the gaps with nice rhythms and lyrical smarts, humor and depth. Lastly, Lyken21show their serious side in the song Revelation Reality, 9 minutes of thought provoking music with a contribution from bassist Mike LePond of Symphony X.
Behind the instrumental constructions were contributions from members of Symphony X, Dillinger Escape Plan and White Zombie helping out their friends. Guitarist Oleg Lipovchenko, bassist Andres Nuiver, drummer Joe Billy III and vocalist/keyboardist Marton Miklos.