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IN A FLESH AQUARIUM

Unexpect

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.13 | 236 ratings

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Asphalt
5 stars Well, since I was one of the very strong proposers of this band's inclusion in the PA due to this album, I might as well give some reasons for that. After a series of startiling reviews, naming Unexpect's newest output "the new La Masquerade Infernale", "a new standard in avant-garde" how could one encapsulate everything there is to say about it in just one review? I know it's a common place to say "I don't even know where to start with this one" but the phrase really does apply here.

For starters, this is clearly not for the faint of heart; it is sublime, yes, but only for those who are ready for complexity, rawness, conglomeration of styles and many more. Imagine playing Estradasphere over Mr. Bungle while Arcturus runs in the background. Because that is pretty much the feeling you get from the first track, which is representative for In A Flesh Aquarium. Every track is a highlight, so I won't bother going track by track. Each and every one of them blows you away and you just want to hear it again to see how that was possible. One of the signatures on PA said something about not believing how such music could be created by humans referring to DT. I think it applies so much better for this album.

You get violin, 9 string bass, crazy voices and a use of clean and cookie monster vocals like you've never met before, technicality, power and even melody a lot of times. Is this a masterpiece? I dare to say yes; it is like nothing you've heard before it's progressive and it truly moves music one step ahead. Will you like it? You might if you loved La Masquerade or Of Grand Opening or Mr. Bungle. Yet again, even if you didn't like them you're bound to have THE strangest piece of music in your collection and you'll be able to brag about it to your friends. Either way, buy it, or at least try to listen to it.

Asphalt | 5/5 |

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