General outlines

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 a new EP – release is scheduled for March 2019.


  • Sven, Serch & Daniel formed the band in 2014
  • Demos and concept creation 2014/2015.
  • First EP release November 2015: SEKT, ACT 1 – 3 songs + intro
  • We took a little break
  • Sean joins the band on bass
  • First try-out concerts in 2017
  • Second EP release August 2017: SEKT, ACT 2 – 4 songs
  • Third EP release July 2018: SEKT, ACT 3 – 5 song
  • Writing songs for a new EP – scheduled release March 2019


Sven Leyemberg

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.

Serch Carriere

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.

Sean Denissen

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.

Daniel Mies

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.

A quote by Daniel about the choice for SEKT as a concept: “We may be growing ever more powerless to oppose the ruling elite, but we are free to loudly express our frustrations (for now) and maybe open some eyes and minds along the way. Sometimes you need to shake people up a bit. That is what hardcore has always been about to me.”


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.

  • Special thanks for the mix by Peter Vandergoten (
  • Mastering by Xergio Cordoba (
  • Drum tracking by Tom Lodewyckx (
  • Vocal tracking by Sven Janssens (red left hand recording studio)

SEKT ACT 2 : The second part of a three-part musical story called SEKT – released in August 2017 as a digital EP. – Self-published.

  • Mix and mastering by Stef Exelmans (atmo studio)
  • Drum tracking by Tom Lodewyckx (
  • Special thanks to Niko Poortmans for his production and sound assistance with the vocal tracking

SEKT ACT 3 : The third part of a three-part musical story called SEKT – released in July 2018 as a digital EP. – Self-published.

  • Drum tracking, mix and mastering by Stef Exelmans (atmo studio)
  • Special thanks to Niko Poortmans for his production and sound assistance with the vocal tracking

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.

  • Drum tracking, mix and mastering by Stef Exelmans (atmo studio)
  • Additional drum tracking (Act 1 and 2) by Tom Lodewyckx (
  • Special thanks for the mix (Act 1) by Peter Vandergoten (
  • Vocal tracking by Sven Janssens (Act 1) (red left hand recording studio)
  • Special thanks to Niko Poortmans for his production and sound assistance with the vocal tracking


A review (English) of SEKT Full Album (2018), by Serge Timmers for

“Back to Belgian soil, this time with a heritage from the Antwerp Metal Fest event (read). One of the most surprising bands was Cyclus with their suffocating blend of metal, hardcore and mathcore. Now, they combine their previous EP’s into one full length, titled ‘Sekt’.

The band is formed by members of Minus45degrees, Born From Pain, Calibre and Facedown (amongst others). Yet, with Cyclus they decided to shed all genre boundaries and create a whole different musical universe, loosely based on the 1951 movie ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ .

On the album, the band looks at the earth and humanity from the perspective of an alien race. They see what humans do to the planet and decide to eradicate that virus…”

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A review (Dutch) of our AMF 2018 show, by Erik Van Damme for

“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.”

A review (English) of our AMF 2018 show, by Serge Timmers for

“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.”

A review (Dutch) of our AMF 2018 show, by an Yves Pelgrims for

“… 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!”


Live performances.

  • 2 February 2019 – De Verlichte Geest Roeselaere: with Carrion, Stories from the lost and Huracan.
  • 13 January 2019 – Sweat Fest Londen (UK): With Knuckledust, Six Ft Ditch and many more.
  • 4 August 2018 – Koelbox Open Air Zoersel: another shitload of great bands.
  • 1 July 2018 – Antwerp Metal Fest: with a shitload of great bands.
  • 28 April 2018 – Oude Badhuis Antwerp: with cocaïne piss & gruppo pavlovski.
  • 6 February 2018 – Music City Antwerp: with Machete.
  • 23 December 2017 – Magdalenazaal Kontich: with Slagwagon, Young Hearts, Amörtisseur, Off the cross, Bulls on parade.
  • 18 November 2017 – L’Embuscade Tournai: with 1 step at a time, Travolta, Diss Guy and Die my demon.
  • 15 August 2017 – Music City Antwerp: with InTechnicolour and Town Portal.
  • 11 March 2017 – Music City Antwerp: with Interstellar Deathroll


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