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SUSPENDED ANIMATION

Fantômas

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.65 | 98 ratings

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The Wizard
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4 stars The thing I like about this album is that you'll never get bored listening to it. You may pay with your sanity. It is truly spontaneous and schizophrenic, a real listening adventure. They just keep on throwing stuff at you, burst of madness after burst of madness. Many people will go insane listening to this, and I don't blame them. It's a relentless assault on your nervous system and one of the most intense things you can listen to.

Lombardo really does wonders on the drums, playing burst of staccatos and constantly changing rhythms like mad. Buzzo is a beast, playing burst of speed metal riffing that's heavy but not sludgy like his work in The Melvins. Trevor Dunn doesnt make a lot of notable contribution on bass, but that's probably because of the music's schizoid nature. Regardless he keeps up with the ADD nature of the music and holds it together. Patton makes some weird noises with his mouth and adds the final layer of weirdness to the music.

All sorts of demented sound effects appear in this album, many from cartoons. Children talking to mindless chatter to carnival sounds to ethnic chanting also appear. Some are just random, weird sounding noises. It doesnt sound very appealing but for some reason I like it. It all goes together in some disjointed, cubist way.

If you can't enjoy heavy and fast music then it would be best to stay clear. This is probably the heaviest album I listen to. Unlike Delerium Cordia none of this album is mellow or atmospheric. As I said before it never lets up. If you're looking for melody then stay clear, this just a full album of controlled insanity and chaos. The open minded are recommended to indulge, otherwise back off. You may lose your sanity.

The Wizard | 4/5 |

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