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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum



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3 stars Prog metal in Avant sauce

Prog. metal has never been my cup of tea. Even though they are listed under RIO/Avant category. This particular release is definitely in the Prog metal camp. I have enjoyed their previous release "grand opening and closing" a lot more since the balance of that record was more towards RIO/Avant then Prog Metal.

The album opens up with "A Hymn to the morning" Somehow the singing voice and style reminds me of Canadian folk singer Stompin' Tom Conner. Too much country tinge for my liking. Then it turns into a death metal style screaming and grunting.

"Donkey headed adversary of humanity opens the discussion" starts with interesting drone and back ground guitar but very quickly it turns into a Meshuggah style metal but only to metamorphose into bizarre concoction of instruments playing a soft melody. Then back to death metal. You get the idea. I think this song is the best song in the album.

The third song "Phthisis" features female vocalist (Nils Frykdahl). At times this song has the tinge of Thinking Plaque in it but less developed.

"bring back the Apocalypse" starts with stadium noises and develops into a rhythmic chanting tempo. A dark chorus takes over with gradually increasing rhythm section volume. Song continues and ends with the variations on the theme.

I described the first four songs to provide bit of a picture of the sounds and styles of this album.

Overall music is a mixture of prog metal washed in typical stylistic Avant noises.

For those who enjoy prog metal can get into RIO/Avant genre through this album

spleenache | 3/5 |


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