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SKULLGRID

Behold...The Arctopus

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.73 | 48 ratings

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FruMp
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4 stars Mind warping tech

BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS showed great promise with their super-technical EP 'Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning' released in 2005 and over the past 2 years they have refined their technique and sound and have come out with a fantastic technical metal album that pushes all the boundaries. One of the things that makes the power trio so unique is the use of a 12 stringed warr guitar which is able to be played using two handed tapping technique and as one would play a bass or guitar, this is most evident in the song Canada which is probably the most accessible (if that word is even appropriate to be used here) and best of the lot which features a great mellow warr guitar breakdown which is surprisingly capable of invoking emotion. The instrumentation here is something else, The drumming is frenetic and technical as you would expect and Charlie Zeleny always pulls out the blast beats at just the right moments, but it's Mike Lerner who really stands tall with his face melting fretwork he gives the music most of it's flavour, one can detect a very strong influence of RON JARZOMBEK in his wailings.

This record is essential for all fans of instrumental technical metal and anyone with a strong enough stomach to handle it, fans of SPASTIC INK in particular will certainly enjoy what is on offer here.

FruMp | 4/5 |

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