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Counter-World Experience

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3.97 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Deus Ex Machina (3:29)
2. Metronomicon (4:58)
3. Fuego Barbarico (4:48)
4. Metis (5:58)
5. Quintus (4:12)
6. Deep Waters (6:04)
7. Digital Dust (5:12)
8. Youth (4:39)
9. End Of The Path (6:28)

Total Time 45:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Benjamin Schwenen / guitar, guitar synth, programming
- Thorsten Harnitz / drums
- Sebastian Hoffman / bass

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COUNTER-WORLD EXPERIENCE Metronomicon ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)


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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Four albums into their career and German metal act Counter-World Experience are as good as ever.

9 creations filled to the brim with quirky riff patterns are served here, with short, pacy highly technical bursts as well as slow, brutal, meandering riff barrages. The bass is often given the role of providing momentum, and adds some jazz touches to the proceedings at times, and the drummer serves up some excellent rhythms as well.

It's the additional details that are most interesting here though. Atmospheric, low key opening sequences. Interludes with mellow, wandering undistorted guitars. Dreamy passages with synth textures and solo guitars. Even a violin and cello theme is inserted in the final track End of Path.

The sparsely but effective use oif synths and keyboards to add textures and enhance moods in some of the metal segements is an additional nice feature here, and even the blend of aggressive metal and trance in Youth actually works pretty well - although in that case the trance sequences comes across as far more interesting than the metal ones. Neat contrast though.

Recommended to those who like or are intrigued by instrumental, quirky and shifting progressive metal with technical and extreme embellishments.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This is a very powerful metal fusion group from Germany. That style you don't come across too often, I think. It can be described as: Tool meets Allan Holdsworth. The musicians themselves call it "progressive jazz metal". Very metallic sounding guitar, heavy, saturated bass and very quick drum ... (read more)

Report this review (#634641) | Posted by justaguy | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is Prog Fussion at is best.To the soft,smoth side of there music to the extreme wild moments all going together perfecly in harmony and complexity That is Jazz,Extreme Jazz at is best .The song Start with something you no and you wakeup always in a different world ,the world of Counter-World Ex ... (read more)

Report this review (#232840) | Posted by Pieromcdo | Thursday, August 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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