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Spiral Architect


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.65 | 140 ratings

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5 stars A Scepticīs Universe as a classic tech/prog metal album and in my eyes a masterpiece. If you like bands like Atheist, Cynic, Watchtower and Spastic Ink you will probably like this too.

Spiral Architect donīt have death metal vocals like Atheist and Cynic though, so there is a big difference there. The vocal melodies are indeed very beautiful on this album and rather special too. It seems to me that it should be impossible to put vocals to music this technical, but Oyvind Haegeland does a really fine job doing just that. The vocal melodies and his voice sometimes reminds me of early Fates Warning ( first singer) and Buddy Lackey from Psychotic Waltz.

The music is as i mentioned very technical and there a literally hundreds of small riffs in every song. Isnīt this confusing ? You might ask. And yes to start with it is very confusing and not very accessible, but after a lot of spins this album reveals itīs secrets. The riffs become memorable and especially the beautiful vocal lines binds the songs together. I find this much more accessible that for instance Watchtower or Spastic Ink even though they are in the same catagory of insanely technical metal.

My favorite songs are: Excessit, Insect and Fountainhead. If anyone tells you that they canīt differentiate between the songs itīs because they havenīt listened enough ( and many will say this).

I will rank this as a masterpiece of progressive music as Iīm having a hard time seeing how anyone can top this in this sub-genre. This one belongs in the hall of Fame with: Atheist - Unquestionable Presence, Cynic - Focus, Watchtower - Control and Resistance.


UMUR | 5/5 |


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