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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.87 | 15 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Our Puzzling Encounters Considered' - Psyopus (3/10)

I have just successfully completed listening to 'Our Puzzling Encounters Considered' en toute, and I am honestly having a hard time thinking right now, seeing that my mind is a little bit gone.

I like to consider myself as a pretty knowledgable and experienced metal and progressive listener, meaning I actively listen to post, traditional and extreme prog metal, and nowadays; alot of technical metal. Bands like 'Canvas Solaris' and 'Scale The Summit' are really pushing the boundaries of instrumental music, and making music that brims with both compositional and virtuosic skill. Technical music is a very involved process usually, but the music comes off alot of time as being mind-blowing and very impressive.

What Psyopus' music does is makes my brain liquify, and die away. It really does take the term 'technical' to new levels... But what it lacks is any actual music (music being something that sounds like... well, music.) There's no beauty in here, no hooks, no melodies, no real rhythms... It honestly sounds like the band could have brought a pair of dice to their recording sessions, and on the sheet paper; throw the dice at random and whereever the dice landed, a random note would be placed. Pair that with lyrics that no one can even make out anyways, and you have Psyopus.

The saddest thing about Psyopus is that they could actually be an amazing band, if they tried being a bit more musical. Any technical style of music requires alot of talent to play, and this band (with the exception of the vocalist) is overflowing with untapped talent. However, wasting such impressive skill and ability on unlistenable music just seems pointless.

I think I might have brain damage.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |


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