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ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR

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ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR (ArcMet to friends) have been spacing out professionally since the early 90s. The original core of Bill Buitenhuys, Paul Eggleston, Bob Foley, Dave Gorrill, Barry Corbett and Chris Mogan made cassette only releases in the late 80's. Members came and went HAWKWIND style until the early 90's, when the lineup solidified as Paul Eggleston (synths), Greg Kozlowski (guitar) and Deb Young (vocals, drums). They were a staple of the Strange Daze Festival from '97-00. Deb was replaced by Pat Murphy of Dinosaur Jr fame in late 2000. Amy Risley was vocalist from 2000-2002, but no recordings of that era have surfaced yet. In 2005, they added the jazz award winning vocalist Andrea Aguayo to fill out the trio.

Their debut CD "Odysseum Galacti" is very trippy and features the original lineup for most of the album, and two songs from the trio of Paul/Greg/Deb. The followup "Creature of the Velvet Void" shows advancement from pure space freakout to more song orientation. "Viva", a live album from 2000 shows the instrumental power the band can bring as a trio. "Other Music" showcases the new trio with Murph on drums, a significant improvement in instrumental power. The next release, "Everything You Know is Wrong" is the most complete fusion of their talents, NEU meets AMON DUUL 2, with a healthy dollop of HAWKWIND, ASH RA and OZRIC TENTACLES thrown in.

Highly recommended for any krautrock or space rock fans, and one of the cream of the new wave of US space rock of the late 90's. Look for them also on KING CRIMSON, GENESIS tribs and the Space Box compilation, all on Cleopatra.

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DISCOGRAPHY:
1994 Odysseum Galacti (ArcMetMucic)
1997 Creature Of The Velvet Void (Black Widow Records)
2000 Viva - Live (Kairos Records)
2004 Other Music - Live (Kairos Records afr - 200 - 2)

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2.34 | 7 ratings
Odysseum Galacti
1994
3.01 | 12 ratings
Creature Of The Velvet Void
1997

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Viva
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Other Music
2004

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 Creature Of The Velvet Void  by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.01 | 12 ratings

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Creature Of The Velvet Void
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Debster

4 stars In hindsight, a mixed bag of crunching nuggets and maybe too much sauce. Some real potential classics like "Holographic Caves" stand the test of time. I know this because of new interest due to itunes. That song is timeless, and almost makes sense. It is a litlle-know fact that Rebecca Guay, a DC Comics illustrator of "Black Orchid" and "Magic, The Gathering" fame created the cover before she graduated from Pratt.

Arcmet always needed a bass player, and it was a crime against humanity that one was never agreed upon.

When there is insight and vision, there is something magical to share with the world-and most of this recording is magic. Admittedly, it could have used more editing at times. Ultimately, I am pleased that younger listeners are reporting to me that they enjoy some of these tracks for reasons that have little to do with the normal tendencies of spacerock fans. They simply tell me that the music in "interesting" and "visionary" and that's good enough for me. Blessed be.

A corner in a forest is where I live right now far from the lights of Boston far from the madding crowd the flowers are all naked- and crooked stonewalls crumble after I climb over them to hear the cold stream rumble

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 Creature Of The Velvet Void  by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.01 | 12 ratings

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Creature Of The Velvet Void
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars I can't help myself (therefore I'm helpless), but this hangs in my mind on 2-3 star scale. First track's first minute was perfect love at first sight, but on a first though (I mean second) it became first pain in a long string of good/bad things about this album.

Whew, "Kairos", the second track is for example, third one also, but there is something I cannot describe, which is bad. This is maybe third time I've seen this in prog music and was not able to describe it, which annoys me quite a lot. Words are important for telling your opinion, so I'll try to find out what it is.

Maybe it's a fact that these tracks, this music don't flow easily. Psychedelic rock should be about relaxing, well, tripping. But this sounds like it's fully loaded truck which bumps on every hole on a road.

However, despite heavy sounds, which are not as pleasant as I would expect, there are light moments of relatively good music. And also ideas. And by that I mean a lot of ideas. It's whole bunch of unrealised quality. But from accepting it, you are blocked by weird sounding instruments. Woman vocals are great, she has hypnotic voice, which I suppose is ideal.

Well, three stars, it's probably good record and I didn't get it at all, but there's something bad about it. Balanced 3 stars by the way.

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 Creature Of The Velvet Void  by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars This band mixes melodic hard rock riff approach to the post-psychedelic improvisations strenghtened with a lady singer and quite dark, unclear sounds. These sounds do not please me much, and to be honest, the first impression of the album was a question are the instuments in same tune. I'm not usually very allergig to bad sounds (or tunes, tonedeaf...), but somehow this record sounds quite unbalanced and not very pleasing. Some moments offer quite nice improvisations, but they are accompanied also with unconvinging fade outs and slightly uncertain sounding performing.

"Kairos" and "March of Wooden Potatoes" have quite good sounding sonic landscapes, and resemble both "Richocet"-era Tangerine Dream and 1990's Hawkwind. Other association from the costructed songs and bolder psychedelic solutions is more stoned and less guitar-emphasizing version of Kingston Wall. "Holographic Caves" has also interesting stonlgy echo-treated approach. I prefer to hear these elements, but the composed melodic tunes like the opener and "All Tomorrow's Parties" are not very fun to listen. Also some experimental tunes like "Holy Ground" do not create a desire to listen them again. This being just my personal opinion ofcourse.

The album ends to a Hawkwind cover, which doesn't in my opinion bring much extra value to the record or to the original song, but certainly is a homage to an innovator. The improvisation following the composed part is very fine. So personally, I think I would enjoy this band more if they would focus more to creating improvisations and electronic soundrealms and do some little more qualitry control in the recordings. But most important is ofcourse that band follows the path the choose themselves. Great promise in the stuff, have to check out if the other records of the group are better.

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 Other Music by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Live, 2004
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by analogsynth

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is the first (and so far only) release with new drummer Murph of Dinosaur Jr fame. Recorded live as a trio in CT, this is a blistering 45 minute instrumental assault. With Murph behind the drums, the band is able to go places they never have been able to go before. Somewhat like a krautrock version of Mahavishnu Orchestra on acid, Architectural Metaphor have never sounded so powerful before. Heavier than Ozric Tentacles, they lean here towards the Hawkwind side of space rock. Opening song, Overture establishes the mood with strong mellotron pulses. On the run is a furious take on the Pink Floyd synthesizer instrumental which is remarkably individual and faithful at the same time. Nuclear Sun is a slightly overlong instrumental featuring some excellent guitar from Kozlowski and a disturbing synth underpinning from Eggleston. Aftermath of a Pale Horse is a slower Floyd-like song, almost elegiac in style. The Sabbath Maker is a retake of the Maker from the rare Black Widow box Out of this World. Murph drives this song like a man possessed, and this is one of the dizziest roller coaster rides in rock, never mind space rock. Hassan i Sabbah, the Hawkwind song follows, and continues in the same vein, amping up the manic energy and actually improves on the Hawkwind version, if possible. These two songs really show the intuitive power the band can bring to songs in the right moment. The album finishes with set staple Kairos, a long (10 min) exploration that starts like a Tangerine Dream song circa 1972 and finishes with one of the most satisfying guitar melt downs in space rock. Welcome to the Future, the short Hawkwind speech rounds out the set, finishing a delirious example of seamless but quite varied space rock that is both authentically retro and uniquely modern simultaneously. Fantastic stuff! Four stars.

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 Creature Of The Velvet Void  by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Creature Of The Velvet Void
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tom Ozric
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Architectural Metaphor are true, modern day psychedelic trippers - I was fortunate enough to acquire an LP of this 'Creature of the Velvet Void', of which it is, and a strange creature at that. This USA band consists of 3 members ; Deb Young (lead vox, Drums/Perc. sundries) Paul Eggleston (synths, voice) and Greg Kozlowski (all manner of guitars - gliss, backwards, spatial, leslie, e-bow and a barrage of effects) and in their thanks list you can find the names Hawkwind, Nik Turner, Ozrics, Monster Magnet and Gong mentioned. Also, there is this line inside the gatefold 'When the everywhere eye asks you Who is the Emperor of the Sky ? Call the Archangels Thunderbird' - Mama Duul. Obviously, this album sports a Krautrock vibe, it can be quite stoner, at times the mix is a mess (intentionally, I hope), and it is quite dark. Highlights are 'Kairos' - a lengthy, electronic dominated piece with echoes of TANGERINE DREAM and during the rockier 2nd half, the classic Kraut sound of AMON DUUL II is there 100%. Not plagiarism, but passionately emulated. 'Holy Ground' is darker than dark - they've manipulated the vocals to produce this truly f***ed up result, something I've never heard before, and it works. 'March Of The Wooden Potatoes' is another nod to HAWKWIND/TANGERINE DREAM's electronic space-rock. On this album you will also find 2 cover-versions, 1 is Lou Reed's (Velvet Underground) 'All Tomorrow's Parties' and a 12 minute version of Hawkwind's 'Golden Void'. Admittedly, one has to be in the mood to enjoy this album - sometimes it repulses me, but most times it's rewarding. 3.5 stars.

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 Odysseum Galacti by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.34 | 7 ratings

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Odysseum Galacti
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by artrock

3 stars Odysseum Galacti, Architectural Metaphor's debut release is really a snapshot of a band in transition. The main part of this Cd was recorded by their original lineup, fronted by founding members Paul Eggleston and Bill Buitenhuys. The first 6 songs are from 1988, and feature most of the original quintet. Anu and We've Come for Your Children are the highlights, the first a trippy marimba driven miasma vaguely influenced by Pink Floyd. The second is a more driven guitar oriented piece where Buitenhuys exhibits some muscular guitar playing. Cascading Foliage is vaguely Tangerine Dream-ish. Waterwheel, the opener is fairly slick for this lineup, but perhaps a bit too long. A cover of Hawkwind's Sonic Attack is frightening and unsettling.

The second part is the more familiar lineup of 1994-2000, featuring the first recordings of the trio of Eggleston, Greg Kozlowski and Deb Young. In Between Dunes has a nice pulse to it, and some interesting vocals. The second newer piece, Brainticket, is the treasure. Wailing guitar from Kozlowski dance over a pounding sequence. Both newer tracks were recorded live. As it says on the back: 'this is a headphone album'. Space never sounded this deep. Recommended for fans of both 'out there' krautrock and severely acid damaged euro bands.

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 Odysseum Galacti by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Odysseum Galacti
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by progaeopteryx
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2 stars Odysseum Galacti is made up of six songs (first six tracks) recorded in the studio in 1988 and two live songs (tracks 7 and 8) recorded live in Massachusetts. Architectural Metaphor is influenced by early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, and maybe a little Gong. The eighth track, Brainticket, shows some Ozric Tentacles influences. Nice bands to be influenced by, but influences aren't always what they're cracked up to be.

The recordings on Odysseum Galacti have a strong demo feel to them. Poor recordings are always a problem for me. They distract too much from the music. But here, the music, too, is sorely lacking any direction. Architectural Metaphor could really use a rhythm section and sorely needs a bass player. Barely heard percussion just doesn't cut it and the noodling on the synthesizers just leads nowhere. The vocals are very poor and are not very clear at all. The live recordings are better than the studio recordings. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to save this disc.

I forced myself to listen to this whole disc, fortunately without totally losing my mind. I had this persistent urge to skip to the next track on every single song. A very mediocre work I can only recommend to fans/collectors of this band or those interested in a complete psychedelic/space rock discography. Two stars. Apparently, Creature of the Velvet Void is much better.

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 Creature Of The Velvet Void  by ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Creature Of The Velvet Void
Architectural Metaphor Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by progger

4 stars Arcmet's debut in the big world (if you don't count 1995's "odysseum galacti", which you should) find them skirting the amon duul side of krautrock. Female vocals, swirly synths and all forms of psychedelic guitar make this a minor masterpiece of US space-rock. Highlights include most of the album, 'Creature'-a staple of their set, ferocious vocals and thundering riff, Kairos-introspective multi sectioned instrumental that is still a highlight of their set, covers of VU's 'All Tomorrows Parties' and one of the better Hawkwind covers these ears have heard, 'Golden Void'. 'Holographic Caves' has appeared in live form on some Strange Daze Festival compilations. Instrumentally solid, and essential for any fans of American space rock. Also sometimes seen in gatefold vinyl versions with an extra poster!

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