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Spiral Architect


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.55 | 119 ratings

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4 stars Monstrous, absolutely terrific album from one of the best Progmetal units around, and Spiral Architect have an accessibility through the Dickinsonian vocals of Oyvind Haegeland without ever forsaking their devotion to the rock progressive. Unlike much PM, Lars Norberg's bass is in the higher range and unexpectedly slaps you in the face, while Steinar Gundersen and Kaj Gornitzka's guitars spew completely reliable riffage throughout, reminiscent of Opeth's counter-riffing genius. Haegeland's keyboards are also well-represented as a background color and harmonizer. Influences seem to come from everywhere; Fates Warning, Maiden, Rush, a touch of Priest, but nothing too discernable... just killer sh*t, bro-ham. The band wastes little time-- 'Spinning', very Fusion 'Excessist' with challenging time shifts and variations, and slightly pop 'Moving Spirit'. More jazz flavor for 'Insect', very prog 'Cloud Constructor' opens on a minimal line but turns apocalyptic with great synth/guitar parts, wild harmonies and legions of Christian soldiers, and the fabulous math-metal of 'Fountainhead'.

Pay no mind to the critical whining this CD often attracts. If you're in the market for Tech-metal with some sentiment and melody among the battlements, I don't foresee much disappointment. Aces.

Atavachron | 4/5 |


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