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Based out of Portland Oregon,Degree Absolute is a project formed by multi-instrumentalist Aaron Bell (DEFYANCE).Bell tried bringing his original material into different bands with often disappointing results,and decided to form his own project,allowing himself total control over his musical concepts and vision.
Bell then contacted bassist and Berklee College of Music graduate Dave Lindeman,who he had worked with in a local band called CHAOS GAME.Drummer Doug Beary,who had played with DEFYANCE for 15 years,completed the line-up.
DEGREE ABSOLUTE released their self-titled debut on Sensory Records in 2006,and are soon to release the vinyl-only "Cleanse" "7.The band is currently at work on their second full-length album.
While firmly rooted in progressive metal,DEGREE ABSOLUTE also explores the worlds of jazz and ambient music, as well as doom, thrash, and technical metal.
Highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.

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Degree Absolute
Degree Absolute Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Degree Absolute is an unknown progressive metal band from Oregon, USA who manage to come so far with one album selftitled in 2006 released by Sensory. The music offered by this band is quite complex, guitar dominated and with and impecable musicianship. The problem here is the songwritting, some pieces are totaly unintistring and with out good ideas, elements repeated throughout the entire album living in the end a so so reaction, at last from my side. The complexity and manner of aproach of this band remind me, as sinkadotentree observed of Fates Warning, Zero Hour and here and there of Redemption. Three musicians are involved here, the most prolific one and the one I like most is Aaron Bell, who's voice fits very well in this context, he is coming from another metal bad named Defyance. The music is complex, dense, lots of turns and breaks, great drumer, musicianship top notch , some good ex are Exist or Distance, they have aswell lots of instrumental passages, just to be aware of what this guys are capable of. So overall a good album for sure, but I prefer 10 times more Zero Hour for ex. Anyway a 3 star release, pleasent and fairly , I can't give an upper star, a good album but with enough unintristing moments that made me cut some stars from rateing.
 Degree Absolute by DEGREE ABSOLUTE album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Degree Absolute
Degree Absolute Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is one of the best three piece bands I have ever heard in Metal.This is a technically flawless, melodic and complex album that offers up a nice variety of styles. I admit it took me a while to grasp and appreciate it, but man this is close to a five star record. I would say ZERO HOUR and FATES WARNING are the two bands that I was reminded of the most. By the way this is multi-instrumentalist Aaron Bell's baby. He had some difficulty getting the right musicians to play his compositions, but eventually was able to get former DEFYANCE band mate and drummer Doug Beary to join, as well as bass player Dave Lindeman a graduate of the Berklee College Of Music.

"Exist" opens with a crushing soundscape, an all out assault reminding me a lot of ZERO HOUR. Vocals come in before a minute, they are very good by the way, the tone reminds me a little of Ray Adler. I really like the calm passages that come and go. Check out the bass / guitar / drum section 3 1/2 minutes in. A beautiful atmospheric guitar solo 6 1/2 minutes in right to the end. Gorgeous. "Laughing Alone" opens with explosive riffs as vocals join in around a minute. He changes his vocal style to a lower register, almost speaking.This contrast in vocal styles continues. I love the sound when it settles after 3 1/2 minutes, it then becomes so uplifting as the guitar rises to great heights and goes on and on. "Questions" opens with heavy riffs and vocals. The guitar lights it up a minute in. The tempo picks up before 2 1/2 minutes. A punishing ending. "Confession" opens with bass and background synths. A nice change. Light drums, vocals and guitar join in this mellow soundscape. I like the atmosphere on this one. Some power 3 minutes in as the guitar makes some noise. Check out the guitar 4 minutes in, riffs follow. "Distance" is a cool instrumental that begins with percussion. Bass and tasteful guitar join in and then drums. I was reminded of GORDIAN KNOT with this one.

"Halfmanhalfbiscuit" haha. This one is experimental with different sounds. Brutal riffs a minute in. It settles back down before 2 minutes before getting heavy again. "Pi" has this crushing intro. It settles before a minute as this contrast continues. Nice. "Ask Nothing Of Me" sounds like a stampede when it begins. Sneering vocals come in quickly. Great sound when it calms down after 2 1/2 minutes with background synths. Guitar comes in riffing after 3 minutes. "Ergo Sum" is the 11 minute closing track (except for the hidden song). It opens with synths. Gentle guitar after 2 minutes. Some restrained power after 4 1/2 minutes with vocals arriving 2 minutes later. It kicks into a higher gear 8 1/2 minutes in as vocals return. Fantastic sound ! The hidden track is untitled and 6 1/2 minutes long. It begins with a dark, spacey atmosphere before heavy industrial sounds pulse. Back to that haunting atmosphere until the beast rises again 5 minutes in.

Fans of technical Metal need to check this album out.

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