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3.33 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Meltdown (4:03)
2. Asylum (4:00)
3. Argonne Forest (4:52)
4. Social Fears (4:43)
5. Tyrants in Distress (6:00)
6. Energetic Disassembly (5:21)
7. Cimmerian Shadows (6:44)
8. The Eldritch (3:10)
9. Instruments of Random Murder (3:50)
10. Hidden Instincts (4:43)
11. The Fall of Reason (6:55)
12. Control and Resistance (7:02)
13. Cathode Ray Window (6:06)
14. Ballad Assassin (4:12)
15. Meltdown (4:01)

Total Time: 75:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Jason McMaster / vocals
- Billy White / guitars
- Ron Jarzombek / guitars
- Doug Keyser / bass
- Rick Colaluca / drums

Releases information

Monster Records

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WATCHTOWER Demonstrations in Chaos ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
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Review by FruMp
3 stars Interesting but non essential

Demonstrations in chaos is essentially a collection of demo songs from WATCHTOWER's (widely considered the first ever progressive metal band) 2 studio albums with about 2 previously unreleased tracks. It does contain some value in that it does sound a lot more thrashy than the albums (probably not a plus from a progressive point of view) and the drums sound more organic. Some of the songs are slightly better than their album counterparts (some of them are just funny like the version of meltdown with a cockney english accent in the chorus) mainly due to the sheer rawness and energy however it has to be said that a lot of the guitar solos are very unbridled and messy - pretty much just shred, the album versions are much more musical and contain more musical merit.

Overall recommended to fans of the band obviously and anyone wanting to investigate the roots of the progressive metal genre it is worthwhile but you'd be much better off getting one or preferably both of their albums.

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