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ENERGETIC DISASSEMBLY

Watchtower

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.00 | 68 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars "Energetic Disassembly" is the debut full-length studio album by technical/progressive metal act Watchtower. The album was originally released on vinyl (limited to around 3,000 copies) and cassette tape (limited to around 1,500 copies) through Zombo Records in November 1985. "Energetic Disassembly". It has seen a couple of re-releases since. the first CD version was released through Institute of Art Records in 1993.

The music on the album is technical/progressive metal strongly influenced by jazz/fusion music. Especially the rythm section of bassist Doug Keyser and drummer Rick Colaluca play complex fusion styled notes and rythms. I don´t recall hearing any other metal act fusing metal with fusion to this extent as early as 1985. In that respect we´re dealing with a unique and groundbreaking release. I guess I would mention Rush as an influence but Watchtower are much more metal oriented. In fact "Energetic Disassembly" is a pretty raw and aggressive progressive metal album with high pitched screaming vocals, sharp and aggressive riffing and loads of tempo- and time signature changes. The music on the album is far more aggressive (and progressive) than the music of the band´s contemporaries in Fates Warning and Queensr˙che.

The tracks are generally very energetic and played with outstanding skill. We´re talking "out of this world" musicianship. Even though especially the guitar occasionally plays some more "regular" sounding thrashy heavy metal riffs, "Energetic Disassembly" overall comes off quite futuristic sounding. In other words it´s an album that has generally aged well. That´s despite a sound production that firmly places the album in the eighties. With music this powerful and energetic a sligthly flawed sound production is a minor issue though. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is fully deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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