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Psychotic Waltz


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4 stars Mosquito is a very different album than Psychotic Waltz first two albums, which are both considered to be prog metal classics. The music is much more accessible, but still with prog ideas.

The sound on the album is much heavier than on the previous albums as well. Produced in Morrisound Studios in Florida by Scott Burns ( Allthough recorded elsewhere) this was the strangest choice of studio and producer I have ever encountered. Morrisound is the studio where almost every Death Metal band has recorded. Iīll just mention a few: Obituary, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Atheist, Cynic, Napalm Death, Monstrosity, Malevolent Creation and many many more. And the production of Mosquito is still a discussion issue among the fans of Psychotic Waltz, some saying that the more heavy sound made their music seem more mature, some saying it destoyed their progressive tendencies. Iīm not sure what to say, as I think the sound fit the songs just fine.

There are not as many instrumental moments on the album, which is mainly vocal oriented, and I do miss some dual soloing ( there is an example in the fade out of All the voices, hidden behind the vocals and in the middle of Mind Song). Mosquito is still full of captivating guitar though, its just more subtle.

The title track has a really groovy rythm and is easily the most memorable song on the album, but songs like Lovestone Blind, Cold and Scattered Sky are also really good songs. My favorite on this album is Mind Song though. Itīs essentially a reggae number done Psychotic Waltz way. Itīs a great progressive moment on an album that lacks the great progressive moments from its predecessors.

Allthough Mosquito doesnīt have the same progressive tendencies as A Social Grace or Into The Everflow I still feel that it is essential in a prog collection. It is a very beautiful album and an original one too, as you can compare it to nothing else.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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