Cyclus was first assembled as a three-piece outfit in 2014 and completed with a bass player, late 2016. The band started out as a recording project, centred around a concept album about an alien invasion. Correction, ‘the’ alien invasion.
The early stages and rehearsals were all about finding a new sound and honing the application of each instrument. Everything emerged from unrestricted jams and a highly deliberate lack of frame. Cyclus has no rules and is determined to let itself be led by a very different energy. Things have a way of falling into place, if you give them enough freedom to grow. This is what the sound seeks to reflect.
Currently Cyclus is writing and recording SEKT: ACT 3; the third and last part in the metal musical. The release date is scheduled for March/April 2018.
Former bands: minus45degrees, squeak, toni & the kadhafi’s
Current bands: cyclus, one million seats
Sven Leyemberg (guitars) grew up on metal and played in nineties cross-over (Squeak (ex-) and hardcore (minus45degrees (ex-) bands before starting off on a personal odyssey. During this time, he was involved in numerous improv blues jams in seedy bars and took on a lead guitar spot in alternative rock band One Million Seats.
Over the years Sven has developed a specific set of skills that create a unique perspective on what a metal guitar could become, if unrestricted by convention. Being well versed in metal, blues and alternative rock, he steers the sound into the uncharted realms.
Former bands: clouded, minus45degrees, the set up, kickback, born from pain
Current bands: cyclus, bear, overlord
Serch Carriere (drums) is a true phenomenon. Ever since the mid-nineties he has been playing in bands like Clouded (ex-), minus45degrees (ex-), The Set Up (ex-), Overlord and Bear. He has worked as a tour drummer for Kickback (ex-) and Born From Pain (ex-). Serch brings a hard-hitting style to Cyclus and has a unique ability to tune his rhythmic energy into the frequency of what the other instruments are doing. A solid backbone with loads of wild improvisations, he demonstrates a great talent for adaptation.
Serch’s unique D.I.Y. approach to drumming has earned him a well-deserved endorsement by Stagg instruments.
Former bands: jarenduren
Current bands: cyclus, punchline hunting season, ihloosuhree
Sean Denissen (bass) joined the band in 2016 and immediately started having a profound effect on the overall sound. Playing in bands such as Jarenduren (ex-), Punchline Hunting Season and Ihlooshuree, he is no stranger to complex musical arrangements and rhythmical shifts.
Sean has shown a tremendous flexibility and has quickly adjusted to the mixture of organised chaos and musical freedom of expression that seem to be hallmark traits of this band. It was with Sean’s arrival that the ambition sparked to start playing live.
Former bands: facedown, .calibre
Current bands: cyclus, quiet, all around us, my cousin from japan, the broken planet
Daniel Mies (vocals) is a versatile vocalist with quite a touring history in bands like facedown (ex-) and .calibre (ex-), but also has been deeply involved in a set of indie projects like Quiet, All around us and My Cousin from Japan.
Daniel makes it a point to use the full spectrum of his voice for Cyclus; from low demon grunts and hardcore scream vocals, to his higher pitched indie influences. He is also responsible for all lyrics and content.
“The Metal Musical” – With the concept of alien invasion and destruction, used in the story of SEKT, Cyclus applies shock-therapy as a medium to convey its message.
The suggestion that all of humanity will be erased by an alien protector of life, as a punishment for our insolent dominance, is just a metaphor. Or is it?
The choice for this story line emerges from a deeper sense of social engagement and a desire to describe the detrimental effects of human supremacy and error on the planet and the resulting feeble state of our psyche.
It is an investigation into how humans destroy the planet, nature, wildlife and eventually themselves.
SEKT quickly took on a narrative of its own but was loosely based on the motion picture ‘The day the Earth stood still’ (1951 – Based on a story by Harry Bates – Directed by Robert Wise).
The visual language of the band reaches back to the old school sci-fi designs, with a twist.
SEKT ACT 1 : The first part of a three-part musical story called SEKT – released in November 2015 as a digital EP. – Self-published. Digital only.
SEKT ACT 2 : The second part of a three-part musical story called SEKT – released in August 2017 as a digital EP. – Self-published.
SEKT ACT 3 : The third part of a three-part musical story called SEKT – released in July 2018 as a digital EP. – Self-published.
SEKT – FULL ALBUM : The complete collection of all 3 act of the musical story called SEKT – released in July 2018 as a digital CD and physical CD release. – Self-published.
“The day before, I had gotten introduced to Seth from Cyclus. Formed out of ex members from a bunch of well known bands, Cyclus was a complete newcomer to me, plus Seth told me that they would probably be the most unfitting act on this festival. That was promising. Yet, their gig completely took me by surprise, in a good way too.
Someone had described Cyclus as “a heavy version of Muse” and I thought “The love child of Muse and Melt Banana”. The music by Cyclus is greatly unpredictable but their intensity and their enthusiasm turned this gig into one of the best I had witnessed so far at Antwerp Metal Fest. The booklet mentioned the term “mathcore”, and yeah, perhaps, but this is just something unique and overwhelming. Well done, I’ll buy that shirt soon.”
“Cyclus: Het uitdelen van meerdere mokerslagen, die ons compleet murw slaan.
De Mathcore band Cyclus mag dan een gloednieuwe naam zijn binnen de scene, de bandleden hebben al wat water doorzwommen. Dit kwartet bestaat uit (ex)leden van bands als Bear, Calibre en the Set up. Door die jarenlange ervaring wordt dan ook een technisch enorm hoogstaand concert voorgeschoteld. De heren laten er geen gras over groeien en doen de tent op zijn grondvesten daveren.
Mokerslagen als kanonskogels worden gecombineerd met zeer scherpe gitaar riffs. Maar het is vooral de bulderende stem en verschroeiende uitstraling van frontman … dat ons het meest over de streep trekt. Cyclus voldoet dan ook met brio aan de hoogstaande verwachtingen die we op voorhand hebben gehad. En doen wat ze moeten doen, het dak er compleet laten afgaan. Want ondanks die perfectie, blijft ook de spontaniteit en het spelplezier overeind staan. Waardoor ook het publiek gewoon zich laat meesleuren in de wervelstorm die de band hen aanbiedt.”
“… Het verschil met Cyclus in de Marquee kan haast niet groter zijn. Het betreft hier nog een jonge Belgische groep, maar we vinden er wel leden in terug van onder andere Bear, .calibre en The Set Up. Dat maakt een mens toch wel nieuwsgierig en wat komt deze band mooi tegemoet aan de verwachtingen.
Het viertal staat in spacy outfits op de planken waardoor het geheel wat Star Trek aanvoelt, met de gitarist die enorm John 5 over komt. Het past prima bij de zwierigheid die deze zanger bezit en de unieke combinatie mathcore die ze brengen. Lekker tripperig geladen, met vocalen die heerlijk over de geladen massa zweven. Het plaatje klopt gewoon en hier had ik met gemak uren naar kunnen luisteren. Ze hebben er een fan bij!”