Cytota are a promising young band from Birmingham, who mix a number of genres together including rock, metal and post-hardcore, creating a sound that is as equally devastating as it is uplifting. The band’s latest effort, ‘The Prosecutor’, was produced by Jim Pinder and Carl Brown, who have worked along side acts such as Trivium, Machine Head and While She Sleeps.
‘The Prosecutor’ is a fine addition to today’s metalcore scene, with harmonic vocals one minute and deafening screams the next. Throw in some world ending beatdowns and this is a debut any fan of the genre will appreciate. The album sways between rock and heavy metal, and a blistering pace throughout makes for some truly addictive sing along choruses.
Opening track ‘Between Jokers And Jesters’ makes for an excellent introduction to the band, with its swinging riffs and throat rupturing vocal work. The track also attracted the likes of Radio 1, Kerrang! and Scuzz TV, propelling the band into an ever-growing fan base. ‘Absorption’ sees front man Joby Fitzgerald receiving a little help from Austin Dickinson of Rise To Remian.
‘Hold Back’ has a particularly bouncy and energetic feel to it, much in the same vein as bands such as Four Year Strong and A Day To Remember. Bringing soaring lead guitars backed up with a pounding rhythm, it certainly has a more pop-punk than metal feel to it. ‘Scars’ sounds like it should be the heaviest track on the album, but surprisingly it’s definitely the softest. With some atmospheric string work providing a heart felt aura to the start of the track, it’s an emotional love song and certainly not the juggernaught the track name may suggest.
Cytota are an excellent band to get into for fans of Fightstar, Taking Back Sunday and While She Sleeps for the heavier parts. ‘The Prosecutor’ is by no stretch of the imagination when it comes to metal records, but it does have flashes of ferocity throughout.
Written by Steven Potter