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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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1 stars Historical reasons are not enough.

"Energetic Disassembly" is one of the first progressive extreme-tech metal albums. Released in 1985, this has very little to do with all kinds of '80s metal music. Watchtower are considered as one of the pioneers of that sound and one of the most technical metal bands in history.

The album is characterized by relatively small songs with the typical form (line-chorus, solo, e.t.c.), constantly changing rhythms and heavy riffs. The high-pitched voice of Jason McMaster (who later gained some success with Dangerous Toys) is very typical of the early days of Watchtower, but I have to admit I find it totally unattractive. The vocal lines are really poor and sometimes cheesy (much more suitable for a thrash metal band) and the tone is very disturbing in most of the album, and gets almost unbearable towards the end. Billy White's riffs are very good and even though the guitar solos are technically solid, they don't really help, because they remind more of excercises, than song parts. Rick Colaluca is a great drummer and Doug Keyser is a superb bass player, but the high level of musicianship is not enough for an album to be good. There are no good songs here and the lyrics are the worst possible for a progressive band, consisting of scattered pompous socially orientated words/phrases (suitable for a mediocre thrash/death metal band).

I once used to listen more to this band and now their music sounds nothing like my taste of prog metal. It is not a matter of too much metal, it's the lack of inspiration.

DeKay | 1/5 |


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