Friday, April 23, 2010

Cynic - Des Moines, IA, June 1994

Since I posted the video and audio of Cannibal Corpse from their June 1994 performance at the Two Rivers Music Hall in Des Moines, Iowa (view here), I thought It'd be shame not to post the performances of Cynic, Sinister, and Public Assassin from the same show. So here you get legendary progressive, technical death metal band Cynic playing nearly the entire godly Focus album.
The exact date of the recording is not known since this date was a late addition to the tour and is not listed on the official tour dates. Judging from the tour routing, Saturday, June 18 is the most likely date. A Saturday show would also be most likely since this was probably a matinee show due to the strength of the sunlight coming through the loading dock backstage. Although I'm not at liberty to disclose the taper, this is a first generation copy from the original source.
Here's the set list:
1. Veil Of Maya
2. I'm But A Wave To...
3. Textures
4. Uroboric Forms
5. The Eagle Nature
6. Sentiment
7. How Could I 
The video quality is excellent, aided by the fact that this was shot essentially in daylight. The audio quality isn't the best, but it's certainly very listenable. Probably a B overall. You can check out two of the songs here. Head on over to my YouTube channel to view the entire set. The txt file linked below has the download links for all video files (mov, H.264, 640 x 480) as well as the audio files as MP3 (320 kbps) or FLAC. 
If you want to share the download links, please link to this blog post!

UPDATE:  Here are new links to download the videos for "I'm But A Wave To..." and "How Could I".
"I'm But A Wave To...":
"How Could I":


  1. Thank you very much for this! It's funny how most VHS recordings of these bands sound better than more recent ones.

  2. You're welcome! I think most internal mikes on old camcorders that recorded on tape do sound much better than the crappy mikes on today's small digital camcorders.

  3. its a shame that it looks like there were only 15 people there at the most.

  4. Thanks very much for sharing this. I've downloaded most of the songs from your megaupload links but Wave and How Could I are not working, could you possibly re-upload those? Thanks again!

  5. Finally got I'm But A Wave To and How Could I videos reuploaded. Sorry it took so long, MU's been acting a little weird. I'm adding the new links to the end of the original post.