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IN A FLESH AQUARIUM

Unexpect

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.14 | 231 ratings

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progismylife
5 stars I like my eggs boiled and that's it.

Yes that is a quote from some of the wackiest lyrics I have tried (and failed) to read successfully. They are completely insane. Completely. And what better to match these lyrics but with crazy avant garde prog metal?

And what else would you expect from a group that mixes clean female vocals with growling male vocals (sometimes clean male vocals harmonized with the female vocals for an opera feel) erratically, a 9 string bass, violin, keyboards, and heavy metal guitar and drums?

It is a mind blowing experience that cannot be described and do it any justice. But I will try, and fail.

Note: This is not for the faint of heart or for people who dislike what could be perceived as meaningless random noise, or for people who don't like metal (be it death, black, progressive, extreme, metalcore, or melodic heavy metal - its all here). This is very inaccessible (heck even the Mr Bungle samples on this site are more accessible than this album) and could be perceived as noise. But some tracks might be appreciated, like the classical music on the last track, but it goes into god knows what, growling, metal, and funky (not as in funk but as in this is weird sort of funky) bass lines. The violin adds to the album a lot and brings (hopefully) some stability to the quiet parts of these songs.

So is this prog? Yes it is. It grabs influences from everything. Classical music, metal of all kinds, a bit of jazz here and there, and it has an 11 minute epic, not to mention an epic that has been broken up into three tracks.

The songs are strange, the musicianship good, and overall, a masterpiece.

But I would not recommend it to anyone who does not like ambient noise, metal, and all around avant garde craziness. If you like strange stuff then this is the album for you.

progismylife | 5/5 |

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