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Sieges Even


Progressive Metal

3.41 | 69 ratings

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1791 Overture
5 stars I think this ranks up there with Faust, Trout Mask Replica, and Ink Complete as an archetypal "seems sort of unlistenable, but is actually genius" album. Unfortunately, Sieges Even has not had the fortune of amassing a cult following that slavishly devotes itself to the appreciation of this album; where the band is known at all, it is generally for their later material with Arno Menses. But I really think this album deserves it, nonetheless.

Progressive metal is often framed as a fundamentally metal genre with superficial prog elements slapped on - but the years of its nascency, ~1985-1992, or thereabouts, saw the leaders of the emerging genre delving into some really weird and almost inaccessible stuff. The early works of Watchtower and Thought Industry bear witness to this, as do to a lesser extent those of Fates Warning and Psychotic Waltz. But Steps is where this trend reaches its apotheosis...nobody went further off the deep end during this time than Sieges Even did. This stuff makes most (if not all) RIO look lazy by comparison.

I'll leave you with that - I don't want to discuss the specifics of the music itself, because it's simply too good to spoil. Stick with this one, even if it seems obnoxious at first. This is one of the greatest albums of all time.

1791 Overture | 5/5 |


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