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NANO-NUCLEONIC CYBORG SUMMONING (RE-ISSUE)

Behold...The Arctopus

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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4 stars Wow. I was surfing online for instrumental prog metal when i came upon this gem. Man, How lucky I am.

Behold... The Arctopus is a fantastic 3 peice consisting of guitar, drums, and Warr Guitar (a tapping instrument reminicent of the chapman stick) that can be more aptly classified as Jazz metal fusion.

Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning features the bands first 2 Ep releases (the Nano- Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning Ep and Arctopocalypse Now...Warmageddon Later) as well as a full live set. I highly recomend this release and look forward to the groups already bright future.

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Send comments to xjester (BETA) | Report this review (#108178)
Posted Saturday, January 20, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars one of the most spastic avant garde ventures into metal music i have ever heard. Phenomenal sound and musicianship from a three piece. Think of rush on speed, crack, lsd, and heroine all at the same time.

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Send comments to Yontar (BETA) | Report this review (#115082)
Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Smiles all around for these mothers, a trio that will pillage your town with a scorched earth policy and leave you dazed, shocked and giddy with metallic delights. More extreme and urgent than the F***ing Champs but not as minimal or repetitive as Orthrelm, BtA bring the extreme-tech and raise it to heights previously unattempted, utilizing highly organized but frantic riffage that careens, lurches and frightens with equal amounts of precision and lunacy. Also evident are hints of Don Cab-style math rock.

No point in describing each track as it simply doesn't matter with this N.Y. band of guitar (Mike Lerner), Warr guitar (Colin Marston), and drums (Charlie Zeleny)... it all bleeds into what is some of the most exciting progressive metal to emerge in the past few years. Always intense, never dark, a real talent and not to be overlooked if you can find this CD featuring five originals and four live cuts. A stunner.

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Send comments to Atavachron (BETA) | Report this review (#122460)
Posted Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I have two words for you WARR GUITAR! ah man it makes the band. When i hear these guys i think Hella, Lightning Bolt mixed with speed metal rage. Its awesome. This album is sure to pelase anyone who is a math metal fanatic of maybe even an avant garde enthusiest who like to metal out. People find this band to be noise and just sparatic metal. But this is more. THIS is music in its best form. Congrats on this bang being what up with the Prog Archives people.

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Send comments to fungusucantkill (BETA) | Report this review (#127776)
Posted Friday, July 06, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars Extremely technical, aggressive, and completely instrumental progressive metal. Most songs are dominated by the Warr guitar, which is kinda of like a souped-up Chapman Stick.

This CD is actually the original NNCS combined with Arctopocalypse Now...Warmageddon Later and some live stuff. Clever track titles aside, I can't see this appealing to anyone who is not a fan of technical prog metal.

2.25 Stars

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Send comments to Pawned Heart (BETA) | Report this review (#140409)
Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Amazing tech debut.

Behold... the Arctopus are one of the most exciting new bands in the tech metal world and this great reissue of their debut EP shows us exactly why. This is hopelessly frenetic music save for a few droning breakdowns (the one in 'Exospacial Psionic Aura' is really great'). All three musicians shred in unison - although not quite mindless spam, 'Sensory Amusia' can attest to this with some great jazzy moments. 'Alcoholocaust' is probably the highlight of the album and is easily the most technical of the bunch with mind blowing atonal fretwork from the warr guitar and Mike Lerner on the more standard electric with Charlie Zeleny's blistering syncopated poly-rhythmic drums being a constant highlight.

If that weren't enough the band shows that they are the real deal by including 4 live tracks which are exceptionally faithful to the original compositions (which is what they are in reality, they are much closer to compositions than songs), one can only wonder how such musicality and technicality could be achieved on the album let alone live.

Overall this essential listening for anyone into extreme technical metal, fans of SPASTIC INK in particular will enjoy.

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Send comments to FruMp (BETA) | Report this review (#146502)
Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
UMUR
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1 stars Oh no this is exactly what happens if you cross that fine line between really technical music that makes sense and extremely technical music that is weird for weirdness sake. The musicians are of course outstanding as they tend to be in this genre. The problem is that what they compose is unlistenable. I have nothing againt tech metal like Cynic, Atheist, Watchtower and Spastic Ink for that matter, but Behold...The Arctopus is incredibly insensitive to melody, and their music is more avant garde than metal in my ears.

If they had an acceptable production it might have helped just a bit, but the overall feel would still be bad. This album is only for the tech metal head who can´t get enough of strange time signatures and impossible to play instrumental parts. This is too avant garde for me. The 1 star is for the excellent musicianship.

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Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#153886)
Posted Monday, December 03, 2007 | Review Permalink
ProgBagel
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5 stars Behold.The Arctopus - Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning (Reissue) 5 stars

Masters of avant/jazz/classical/metal and everything in between. For the longest time I thought this was a studio album, but upon hearing that a new album was in the works, which was going to be their first full length proved me wrong. Regardless that doesn't affect my rating of this masterpiece.

Brooklyn natives Colin Marston and Mike Lerner on Warr Guitar and Electric Guitar formed this band. Just incase the reader does not know what a Warr Guitar is, it's a 12-string guitar which covers the range of bass and guitar. It can be played by picking or tapping, but Colin seems to use it for tapping. This instrument is commonly mistaken as a 12-string bass or electric guitar. The band put out two demos without the convenience of a drummer, so a machine was used. Drummer Charlie Zeleny was later recruited and then everything was set from there.

Describing this band in terms of sound.would be an utter disgrace, but I can give just some guidance. This band has many avant-garde and jazz leanings, as well as the implementation of classical techniques. To the untrained musical ear, this may some like random wankery garbage.but it shouldn't be to hard to decompose the music, understand the structures and compositions, then build it back up into the full song. It is to me, the most complex music ever recorded on a cd. If you know better, please message me with the band's name. The jazz is mostly orientated in the breakdowns of the songs, which is not hard to detect. The time signatures on this album is ridiculous, as I can't even make anything out, the drummer is extremely talented in keeping things in place. Since Behold.The Arctopus has been around, I haven't found a single tab on their music and it is possible there will never be one.

Normally, I don't think I could ever give an EP a 5-star rating, but the buyer will get an abundance of material. 5 good songs of length as well as a 4 song live set-list that is of brilliant quality. The production on the album is also pretty good, especially for how hectic this music is.

This album is recommended to anyone that likes things out of the norm, though generally that will detract quite a bit of listeners, which doesn't merit saying this album is not a masterpiece. I shouldn't need to recommend this to tech-metal listeners because they have probably been listening to this band just as long as I have. If you can take the overall sound of metal and are keen on avant-garde music.you must pick this up, it is an essential EP.

This band has been big since before their first album even came out...showing how they already established themselves at the front of the extreme-metal scene.

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Send comments to ProgBagel (BETA) | Report this review (#157997)
Posted Monday, January 07, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars Wow... very technical indeed!

I have recently started to listen to Behold... The Arctopus. I listened to them very closely, and WOW! This band is very, very promising as a new tech metal band. I have always listened to bands like Watchtower or Spastic Ink, but I have never heard a band as technical as this, maybe with the exeption of Behemoth and Necrophagist.

Highly recommended album! 4 out of 5!

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Send comments to pinkpork (BETA) | Report this review (#177170)
Posted Thursday, July 17, 2008 | Review Permalink
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3 stars It's fast, it's furious and it promises great things, but this slice of progressive metal is stronger on technique than content.

The sound is pretty much what you'd expect from a tech metal power trio, with guitars in overdrive and insanely fast yet absolutely precise drumming. The WARR guitar has a 5 octave range, so you get either earth pounding bass lines or synchronised twin axe shredding as required, and there are plenty of sudden shifts of tempo and time signature. There are a few reference points outside Tech metal; at times the guitar interplay recalls King Crimson circa Thrak (possibly because of the WARR guitar) while the drumming will be appreciated by fans of Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins). The compositions recall RIO/Zeuhl power trios like Korekyojin or Ahleuchatistas with their labyrinthine twists and turns, but this is where Behold... don't quite realise their potential. Although they have a formidable grasp of dynamics and chops to match, the have a tendency to descend into self indulgent shredding and to drag things out for longer than necessary. This is particularly apparent on the two longest compositions, Exospacial Psionic Aura and You Will Be Reincarnated..., both of which have exhausted their possibilities well before they actually finish. The three shorter pieces are all much more effective, and the contrast between the drawn out drone introduction and the lightspeed finale of Estrogen/Pathogen is extremely effective.

This is enjoyable stuff if you like the manic intensity of Ruins or Korekyojinn, and if they tighten up their compositions Behold... the Arctopus could become magnificent. Cautiously recommended to fans of noisy RIO, Zeuhl and avant prog.

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Send comments to Syzygy (BETA) | Report this review (#189388)
Posted Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars What do you get when you take a three piece free form jazz band, give them metal instruments including a 12-string bass, and tell them to write the most technical music they can? The answer is Behold.. The Arctopus, who have created quite possibly the most complex music ever created. Not only are the rhythms and time signatures beyond comprehension, but there are no singable harmonies to be found, as there is little to no repition and key signatures have been thrown out the window.

Of course, if it was the most technical music ever created then it probably wouldn't be listenable. Perhaps for some they will never get this type of music. But if nobody took the time to really listen to the music and learn the subtleties and nuances, they might have dismissed some classic albums like Relayer or Brain Salad Surgery and left them as weird or crazy and thus left the albums lost to obscurity. That is why I highly reccomend repeated listenings of "Nano-Nuclear Cyborg Summoning", as after just a few listens, songs become more familiar, and in turn, reveal incredible composition abilities along with high technicality.

After a while, the newly-initiated Behold... The Arctopus fan will be able to predict the melodic playing beginning midway through the EP opener "Exospacial Psionic Aura", which actually reveals some great emotion even amidst over-the top complexity. After that, there is the spacey post-rock/metal intro to "Estrogen/Pathogen Exchange" which serves as a great intro before an explosion of sound. Another highlight is the somewhat simpler "Alchoholocaust" which could almost induce headbanging, until the band decides that the 4/4 playing really is too much and leads back into their signature insanity. The Live second half of the EP really is just a good bonus, where the same great tracks are played before a too-small audience precisely, at the musicianship level of a professional symphony orchestra.

Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning certainly won't appeal to everyone. But for those who decide to give it a go and take the time to learn the subtleties of the music, a whole new world of music will be opened up to them, where over-the-top technicality and atonal noises can sound absolutely beautiful.

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Posted Thursday, June 04, 2009 | Review Permalink

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