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Behold...The Arctopus


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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5 stars Behold.The Arctopus - Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning (Reissue) 5 stars

Masters of avant/jazz/classical/metal and everything in between. For the longest time I thought this was a studio album, but upon hearing that a new album was in the works, which was going to be their first full length proved me wrong. Regardless that doesn't affect my rating of this masterpiece.

Brooklyn natives Colin Marston and Mike Lerner on Warr Guitar and Electric Guitar formed this band. Just incase the reader does not know what a Warr Guitar is, it's a 12-string guitar which covers the range of bass and guitar. It can be played by picking or tapping, but Colin seems to use it for tapping. This instrument is commonly mistaken as a 12-string bass or electric guitar. The band put out two demos without the convenience of a drummer, so a machine was used. Drummer Charlie Zeleny was later recruited and then everything was set from there.

Describing this band in terms of sound.would be an utter disgrace, but I can give just some guidance. This band has many avant-garde and jazz leanings, as well as the implementation of classical techniques. To the untrained musical ear, this may some like random wankery garbage.but it shouldn't be to hard to decompose the music, understand the structures and compositions, then build it back up into the full song. It is to me, the most complex music ever recorded on a cd. If you know better, please message me with the band's name. The jazz is mostly orientated in the breakdowns of the songs, which is not hard to detect. The time signatures on this album is ridiculous, as I can't even make anything out, the drummer is extremely talented in keeping things in place. Since Behold.The Arctopus has been around, I haven't found a single tab on their music and it is possible there will never be one.

Normally, I don't think I could ever give an EP a 5-star rating, but the buyer will get an abundance of material. 5 good songs of length as well as a 4 song live set-list that is of brilliant quality. The production on the album is also pretty good, especially for how hectic this music is.

This album is recommended to anyone that likes things out of the norm, though generally that will detract quite a bit of listeners, which doesn't merit saying this album is not a masterpiece. I shouldn't need to recommend this to tech-metal listeners because they have probably been listening to this band just as long as I have. If you can take the overall sound of metal and are keen on avant-garde must pick this up, it is an essential EP.

This band has been big since before their first album even came out...showing how they already established themselves at the front of the extreme-metal scene.

ProgBagel | 5/5 |


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