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SOL NIGER WITHIN

Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.14 | 114 ratings

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dragonspirit
4 stars As far as albums from metal-jazz fusion bands such as Exivious and Cynic go, this album is the strongest that I've come across so far. Overall, it comes across as a kind of nightmare-- a beautiful darkness or hell, if you will. Compared to Meshuggah, it's less brutal/extreme, and it's as if the melodic sections from the guitar solos were extended into full-fledge song ideas. I agree with other reviewers in that some sections can become a bit repetitive, and sometimes, screaming is inserted into the mix in the most repetitive parts.

I wish that more music of this quality and genre were available. Other jazz fusion that I've listened to is sometimes boring and aimless, and other technical/extreme progressive metal is often complex for its own sake, while sacrificing compositional coherence and/or flow.

dragonspirit | 4/5 |

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