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At War With Self


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.83 | 29 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The band lists KING CRIMSON and PINK FLOYD among others as influences. You can tell because the music is intricate, intertwined and intense, but it also has some atmosphere to it. This is Glenn Snelwar's baby, you might remember him from the first GORDIAN KNOT album. He plays lead guitar among other instruments. Actually GORDIAN KNOT in my opinion is a good reference to what this trio sounds like. Michael Manring who was in McGill Manring Stevens plays fretless bass and e-bow, while the great Mark Zonder formerly from FATES WARNING is on drums.There's an interesting quote in the liner notes from someone named Dhammapada in reference to the bands name AT WAR WITH SELF. It goes like this "If a man should conquer in battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another man should conquer himself, his would be the greater victory, because the greatest of victories is the victory over oneself; and neither the gods in heaven nor the demons down below can turn into defeat the victory of such a man". This is a concept album even though it's all-instrumental.

"The God Interface" opens with synths as piano joins in before drums, acoustic guitar and bass create a full sound. A calm with acoustic guitar and drums a minute in.Those spacey, haunting synths continue. Heaviness before 2 minutes. It settles as mandolin joins in. Bass and electric guitar before 3 minutes as it picks up again. Great song ! "Torn Between Dimensions" is dark with bass, acoustic guitar, keys and drums. It gets heavier and more aggressive before a minute. It settles again to a brighter mood this time.Yes torn between dimensions. The contrasts continue. Gorgeous guitar 3 minutes in. Very intelligent music. "A Gap In The Stream Of Mind Part One" is fuller right away with electric guitar, drums and keys. A fairly heavy rhythm actually before it calms down after a minute. The tempo picks up again with some nice guitar. It gets pretty intense. "Grasping At Nothing" has a good intro. It settles right down a minute in. Intricate and tasteful. Some good bass 2 minutes in. Piano joins in. It's heavier 3 minutes in. Nice.

"Coming Home" is acoustic and intricate as synths create atmosphere. Keys come in. A very acoustic track. "The Event Horizon" is heavy with some strings which work very well. Zonder is amazing as usual. A cool and intense song. "A Gap In The Stream Of Mind Part Two" is the longest song at just under 8 minutes. Dark with this heavy undercurrent. Kind of eerie actually. It gets heavier before 2 minutes. Contrast continues. This is spooky throughout but the ending is really haunting. Killer tune and my favourite along with the title track. "Run" is the heaviest yet ! Riffs galore and when they stop the guitar starts to grind away while the drums pound. I like when it settles later. Beautiful, then it kicks back in. "A Gap In The Stream Of the Mind Part Three" is 2 minutes of transcending and moving music. "At War With Self" is uptempo to start, synths before a minute then it kicks back in. The contrasts continue. I like the guitar 4 1/2 minutes in.

I really like this style of music and this one's a winner. Easily 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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