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Behold...The Arctopus

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4 stars About Behold... Thearctopus: This band started as a duet in 2002 with Colin Marston on warr guitar (for information on warr guitar check on wikipedia) and Mike Lerner. Colin Marston is also a bass player and he's working on other projects like Dysrhythmia, a technical post rock band in which he plays bass guitar, among others. A year later they finally found Charlie Zeleny, a drummer from New Jersey, and released their first ep, "Arctopocalypse Now...Warmageddon Later" (which was already written with programmed drums). In 2005 they release their second ep "Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning".

About "Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning": What can really be said? Technically speaking, it's one of the most impressive bands I've seen. Full of syncopated rhythms, odd time signatures, mind blowing changes and crazy melodies, it creates a chaotic atmosphere. The fact that this ep is too short (almost 18 minutes) doesn't mean there are not many ideas. The problem is that if you keep every idea for only a few seconds and play in fast tempos you end up not having much music. Musically, I don't really like this cd. The compositions are good but it's just too over the edge sometimes. There are very interesting ideas at times but in my opinion not developed so well. There is no structure in their songs. It's just one idea over the other with no basic theme really. There are also slower and more atmospheric which I found amazing. If you want an analysis of each song check TheProtologist's review. He has done a fine work doing that.

Summing up, a very promising work from this trio. Some of the best tech-metal I've ever listened! If you like technical stuff try this one. A band that doesn't only have skills. Three good musicians willing to explore music and play something unique. Try this one... If you like it try Ephel Duath's "Painter's Palette" (a much more jazzy approach to extreme music). 4 stars for this wonderful effort!

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5 stars These guys are fantastic musicians. Their technical skill is amazing. One of the guys plays something called a touch guitar, which is a 12 stringed instrument that covers both the bass and guitar range. besides the fact of them bieng great musicians they also have some Extremely intresting music its like somethign you've never heard they only have eps out but i wait the day till they get a studio albumn i will buy it right when it womes out i would reccomend this to anyone with good musical tastes
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