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Psychotic Waltz


Progressive Metal

4.14 | 255 ratings

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I admit I wasn't blown away when I first listened to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's INTO THE EVERFLOW. For me it was kind of confusing at first, but then after a few more listens I could understand and identify with what direction the band wanted to take and that is to create more of a deeper melody with their overall sound while still keeping and embodying that technical flare with the guitar playing, which they displayed so well off their first album, A SOCIAL GRACE. Certainly, INTO THE EVERFLOW has quite a bit to it both lyrically and musically. For example, BUDDY LACKEY a.k.a DEVON GRAVES is up to his usual tricks by being the rapid, spit fire vocalist that we know and love. A great moment in the album for me lyrically was on the track LITTLE PEOPLE where LACKEY lambasted the sycophantic suck ups of the music industry by characterizing them as small (literally), duplicitous people that are worth no ones time. LITTLE PEOPLE is a vocal laden track that was largely inspired by the band duo to the fact they couldn't get a north American record deal, which sparked a lot of animosity between the band and the music industry. 

Meanwhile, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ would move on and create wonderfully crafted songs like INTO THE EVERFLOW, HANGING ON A STRING and The epic BUTTERFLY. These tracks would help propel the band to massive popularity, especially in EUROPE. Obviously, the garnered success was well deserved because those tracks I listed above are some of the thee most beautiful, technical and well written songs in progressive metal history. Certainly, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ have earned their place to be among the elite in the Prog Metal world. The wizardly guitar playing from both DAN ROCK and BRAIN McALPINE will forever be engraved in my head after listening to album joyfully and repeatedly. 

Thus, what stands out the most in PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's INTO THE EVERFLOW is BUDDY LACKEY's incredible lyrical content and singing performances and the rich epic guitar solos performed by the arpeggio kings McALPINE and DAN ROCK (can't believe that is his real name!) To continue, the drums and percussion by NORM LEGGIO are absolutely solid, but not widely as noticeable like in some other prog metal bands such as FATES WARNING and DREAMTHEATER where drums can really take center stage. As for the bass, WARD EVANS adds a nice steady approach to bass playing that is neither flashy nor filler. The bass lines in INTO THE EVERFLOW and FREAKSHOW are a perfect example of bass playing that inconspicuously floates nicely in the background of the overall sound. 

All in all, I can say that I really enjoyed this album and I can bet that big fans of Progressive Metal will gravitate towards this album nicely. The song writing and guitar playing are huge standouts on INTO THE EVERFLOW and could never be overlooked. My thanks to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ for making me into a psychotic for the amount of times I have played this record. Now it's your turn. 

Crank it!!!

progbethyname | 4/5 |


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