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Debut "A Social Grace" is a good mix of WATCHTOWER and more melodic/ harmonic riffs, quite heavy, quite complex and a bit murky. Actually melodies prevail, but dischords seep through here and there. The best picks are the sharp opener "And the Devil Cried", more controlled "Halo of Thorns" and "Another Prophet Song", elegiac "I Remember" and a few darker tracks like a "Spiral Tower".

Their second, Into the "Everflow" is for my opinion their best. Sound of debut is mixed with 70's sympho, 60's psych, funk, alternative, etc. The "plateau" opens with anthemic "Ashes", which sounds really exalted, then continues with quite heady "Out of Mind"."Tiny Streams" is paying an homage to BLACK sABBATH in some way, while "Freakshow" is an appraisal of JANE'S ADDICTION leader Perry Farrell (Lackey was seemingly great fan of Janes at that time), but is extraordinary track, where Lackey show his talents in vocal acrobatics (he gets my vote for the best singer in metal.) PW are also in longer song format contest. "Into the Everflow"and "Butterfly" are both 9+' minute long. Both shift through different atmospheres. "Little People" is interesting song whose lyrics (probably) deal with tv-soapies like Santa Barbara and the like (with which American readers are probably more acknowledged than I am -- I mean that tv-programs boasts of this more than on the ol' continent). It's hard to believe that such crap can inspire such good music.

"Mosquito" sees the band navigate into more alternative/grungy waters (close to sound of Soundgarden circa Superunknown), but the ending result is very good, also more "spacy". Outstanding pieces: simply fantastic "Mosquito", pretty laid-back "Lovestone Blind" and maybe the best PINK FLOYD influenced number of all times, "The Mindsong", to name only few.

With The Bleeding, the band shifted "back to the roots" with more modern production. Album sounds powerful but did not convince me for some reason. Still some good tracks like "Morbid", "Locust" and "Faded".

Days of Birth and Legend offers some unreleased tracks and outtakes of never finished tracks plus a recorded concert from times just before A Social Grace was released. The sound is quite rough, but the effect is excellent. Tracks from A Social Grace sound darker but much much cooler. I'm not sure if the compilation contains the first Aslan demo. In the time when Days was released, Lackey went out and was replaced soon after.

Jo„o Calvo, Portugal
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4.15 | 200 ratings
A Social Grace
1990
4.15 | 193 ratings
Into The Everflow
1992
3.70 | 76 ratings
Mosquito
1994
3.92 | 96 ratings
Bleeding
1996

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 10 ratings
Live & Archives
1998

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3.02 | 7 ratings
Dark Millenium
1999
4.54 | 19 ratings
A Social Grace / Mosquito
2004
4.58 | 22 ratings
Into The Everflow / Bleeding
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Architects Arise: The First Ten Years
2011

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Aslan (Demo)
1986
2.00 | 1 ratings
Psychotic Waltz (Demo)
1988
2.00 | 1 ratings
I Remember
1990

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 Bleeding by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.92 | 96 ratings

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Bleeding
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by progbethyname

4 stars "THE LAST CARD UP PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's SLEEVE WOULD INDEED PROVE TO BE AN ACE." --Ula Gehret

Words couldn't be spoken more true about the last defining album in PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's history. An Ace indeed!! Now what transpired in the vision and making of this album was to have the approach of a more modern sound production while still not losing the progressive attitude that clearly defined PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's true character.'

For me, it's the old adage whereby sometimes the 'simple' approach can really make your overall sound, as a band, actually better! In this case I think the more accessible, modern sound that PSYCHOTIC WALTZ put forth with BLEEDING worked out for the better and not for the worse. It's good to change things up and it is clearly shown now to me, that no PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album sounds like the other...not even similar for that matter. Meanwhile, lets be clear here for a moment cause when I say 'simple' I don't mean that the music off BLEEDING is 'dumbed down' in anyway, especially in relation to PW's previous 3 releases. The album, BLEEDING is still as every bit as artful and sophisticated as anything they've ever done. It's well produced, mixed and engineered. For instance, LACKEY's vocal approach is stronger and more mature in connection to the more modernized sound the band carries. Its a fantastic blend, in relation to how the vocals pair so nicely with the music. On the other hand, The guitars by COX (replaced McALPNE due to family issues) and DAN ROCK sound far more fluent and less flashy while still keeping their progressive edge (thank god.) Also the drumming goes without saying, by still being steady as a rock from NORM LEGGIO. As for The bass, by CUTINO is more chunky and it stands out a lot more than previous sound directions by the band. I could barely here the bass on INTO THE EVERFLOW. I just couldn't!!

All in all, the album BLEEDING in my opinion really worked and it was a nice note to end on, in what I think was a brilliant 4 album career.'

The key highlights for me on BLEEDING was the amazing 'chunky' bass line opener in the track FADED, which immediately took me back to the late 80's of how FLEA from the R.H.C.P's would play. Needless to say I loved Flea's work on some RHCP albums and CUTINO reminded me of that. Furthermore, the track MY GRAVE would be an instant hit to my ears and BUDDY LACKEY's flute would remind me of non other than IAN ANDERSON of JETHRO TULL. I wouldn't, however, go as far to say that MY GRAVE was totally inspired by TULL's music. No way in fact. MY GRAVE is yet another unique, quality song produced by mostly LACKEY a.k.a GRAVES himself. MY GRAVE is the quintessential ballad of the BLEEDING album. To continue my plight of passion for this album, SLEEP is a great track where the guitar shines bright with epic soloing from ROCK, which takes you back to the SOCIAL GRACE and INTO THE EVERFLOW experiences where the guitar sound was fast, furious and more technical than space shuttle equipment. Lastly, and how could I ever forget, the massive melodic and majestically driven tracks LOCUST and MORBID. My favourite tracks on the album easily. Both tracks exhibit the strength and quality in LACKEY's voice that you are sure to fall in love with. I love both MORBID and LOCUST equally and they are similar sounding to HAZE ONE from 1994's MOSQUITO, which is another all time favourite for me. Quality music!! And it's cool to note that fans of DREAM THEATER's AWAKE album will find that the opening keyboards by GRAVES on the track MORBID sound so reminiscent to KEVIN MOORE's keys on LIFTING SHADOWS OF A DREAM. I tell you, that didn't hurt me from absolutely loving the MORBID track. Haha.'

In conclusion, this is another incredible effort from PSYCHOTIC WALTZ and I really appreciate the difference that BLEEDING carries compared to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's other 3 previous releases. BLEEDING is still a heavy album, but not as much as the other albums A SOCIAL GRACE and INTO THE EVERFLOW, which I prefer a bit more due to heavy complex nature both those albums embody musically and lyrically. 'Thus, BLEEDING goes down as an absolutely well received album and it should get the respect of a lot of progressive metal fans and if I might add, Grunge music fans as well.'

Happy Psychotic listening to all.'

4/5

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 A Social Grace by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.15 | 200 ratings

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A Social Grace
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by progbethyname

5 stars A SOCIAL GRACE THAT CERTAINLY IS NOT A SOCIAL DISGRACE.†

Like INTO THE EVERFLOW, A SOCIAL GRACE took me a few listens to fully appreciate and understand the type of progressive metal that PSYCHOTIC WALTZ bring to the fold. I am delighted to say that after countless listens of A SOCIAL GRACE, that this album is a full-on masterpiece complete with everything that I look for in a progressive metal album.†

Furthermore, the guitar work split by McALPINE and ROCK is simply sublime and mesmerizing. The guitar sound on A SOCIAL GRACE has soft-melodic acoustic intros, shredding wizardly and technical note proficiency arrangements that will sure make your head spin, psychotically for that matter. Tracks like the opener .....AND THE DEVIL CRIED, SPIRAL TOWER, ANOTHER PROPHET SONG, A PSYCHOTIC WALTZ and my favourite ONLY IN A DREAM are prime examples of quality song writing, amazing guitar hooks and steady Rhythmical drumming. All in all, A SOCIAL GRACE is a fairly heavy album but LACKEY and company still balance out the album with a †spacey ambient instrumental in SLEEPING DOGS and a couple of rock ballads with I WILL REMEMBER and the self titled band track A PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. Both of these tracks really display the wonderful versatility and musicianship that PSYCHOTIC WALTZ can perform. Certainly, LACKEY's Flute playing on I WILL REMEMBER will always be something to be desired along with his ability to create excellent vocal harmonizations with the style of prog metal he accompanies. There is no doubt in my mind how truly gifted Mr. LACKEY a.k.a DEVON GRAVES is when it comes to his voice and artistry. Actually believe it or not, but LACKEY's vocal performance, as good as it is on this album, is not his best vocal performance in my opinion. To further illustrate this point, when I ventured further into PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's discography I found that LACKEY's voice in relation to the style of music he would be singing to, I found that the more melodically driven albums MOSQUITO and BLEEDING were his major crowning achievements vocally and arguably artistically, especially on BLEEDING. Lastly, †I don't want to take anything away from A SOCIAL GRACE since I do believe that this is, even being their first effort, to be the best effort ever done by the band definitely on a technical level. I even feel that A SOCIAL GRACE has stronger advancements musically than INTO THE EVERFLOW. The guitar and drums sound tighter on A SOCIAL GRACE, which is why this album has really won me over. Also, it's so hard to create a nice cohesive album when you decide to put 13 tracks on the album as listed, but PSYCHOTIC WALTZ really pulled it off. †Everything flows quite nicely.†

In conclusion, This is a brilliant effort and I would recommend A SOCIAL GRACE to anyone interested in Progressive Metal or to understand the pioneering aspects of the genre itself. PSYCHOTIC WALTZ are such a dynamic band fueled by majestic melodies, sinister and glorious concepts, heart pounding guitar solos and drums. You can bet A SOCIAL GRACE is a clear example of that. It also would be a disgrace for anyone not to appreciate this album, since no band in the world sounds like them. They are unique and respected, especially given their mark in prog metal history. It's amazing to note that A SOCIAL GRACE is still very highly relevant in the progressive metal world given how old the album is. I recommend buying this album if you can rather than downloading it. The SOCIAL GRACE album has incredible art work by MIKE CLIFT that will be sure to suck you in and get you all excited to spin this unbelievable disc. Enjoy everyone.†

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 Into The Everflow by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.15 | 193 ratings

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Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by progbethyname

4 stars A PSYCHOTIC WALTZ INDEED!!

I admit I wasn't blown away when I first listened to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's INTO THE EVERFLOW. For me it was kind of confusing at first, but then after a few more listens I could understand and identify with what direction the band wanted to take and that is to create more of a deeper melody with their overall sound while still keeping and embodying that technical flare with the guitar playing, which they displayed so well off their first album, A SOCIAL GRACE. Certainly, INTO THE EVERFLOW has quite a bit to it both lyrically and musically. For example, BUDDY LACKEY a.k.a DEVON GRAVES is up to his usual tricks by being the rapid, spit fire vocalist that we know and love. A great moment in the album for me lyrically was on the track LITTLE PEOPLE where LACKEY lambasted the sycophantic suck ups of the music industry by characterizing them as small (literally), duplicitous people that are worth no ones time. LITTLE PEOPLE is a vocal laden track that was largely inspired by the band duo to the fact they couldn't get a north American record deal, which sparked a lot of animosity between the band and the music industry.†

Meanwhile, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ would move on and create wonderfully crafted songs like INTO THE EVERFLOW, HANGING ON A STRING and The epic BUTTERFLY. These tracks would help propel the band to massive popularity, especially in EUROPE. Obviously, the garnered success was well deserved because those tracks I listed above are some of the thee most beautiful, technical and well written songs in progressive metal history. Certainly, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ have earned their place to be among the elite in the Prog Metal world. The wizardly guitar playing from both DAN ROCK and BRAIN McALPINE will forever be engraved in my head after listening to album joyfully and repeatedly.†

Thus, what stands out the most in PSYCHOTIC WALTZ's INTO THE EVERFLOW is BUDDY LACKEY's incredible lyrical content and singing performances and the rich epic guitar solos performed by the arpeggio kings McALPINE and DAN ROCK (can't believe that is his real name!) To continue, the drums and percussion by NORM LEGGIO are absolutely solid, but not widely as noticeable like in some other prog metal bands such as FATES WARNING and DREAMTHEATER where drums can really take center stage. As for the bass, WARD EVANS adds a nice steady approach to bass playing that is neither flashy nor filler. The bass lines in INTO THE EVERFLOW and FREAKSHOW are a perfect example of bass playing that inconspicuously floates nicely in the background of the overall sound.†

All in all, I can say that I really enjoyed this album and I can bet that big fans of Progressive Metal will gravitate towards this album nicely. The song writing and guitar playing are huge standouts on INTO THE EVERFLOW and could never be overlooked. My thanks to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ for making me into a psychotic for the amount of times I have played this record. Now it's your turn.†

Crank it!!!

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 Into The Everflow by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.15 | 193 ratings

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Into The Everflow
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Bj-1
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5 stars After their debut masterpiece PW returned with an even stronger followup with this one. Like 'Social Grace' it's fairly unique but slightly darker this time around, with more atmosphere and subtile cleverness. After a rather symphonic opening with "Ashes" the music soon drifts into a series of psychedelic, heavy, odd-metered but incredibly creative and melodic songs that stand out even today. A tune like "Out of Mind" takes several listens before figuring everything out and it bursts with cool ideas and takes you on a minor rollercoaster ride for 5 minutes, while the staggering title track always grabs my imagination into the eerie and beautiful landscape on the cover and is a fabulous dynamic exercise with some really smooth twin guitar soloing in it's climax. Aside from the highly inventive songwriting I have to give the musicians credit as well, killer licks from everyone involved adding greatly to the music.

Although a fairly early progmetal band, PW remains unique and legendary even today and should definitely have gotten more recognition from fans of this genre instead of blindly praising Riverside, PoS and Dream Theater all day. All their albums are highly recommended, but this one is the absolute best overall, IMO. Highlights include "Out of Mind", "Into the Everflow", "Freakshow" & "Butterfly".

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 Into The Everflow by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.15 | 193 ratings

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Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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2 stars I was quite into Psychotic Waltz' first album, but I personally find the followup a bit of a disappointment. Musically speaking, it just seems a bit predictable and diluted compared to the debut album. Where's Buddy's flute playing to give a unique twist to the band's sound? What's with the constant flirting with mainstream metal? What's with the much more prominent Queensryche influence? I know the latter will appeal to many but personally aside from their first couple of releases I'm not really into Queensryche, which might be the source of my problem with this album; either way, it's hard to deny that without that flute in the mix the band's sound became significantly less rich.

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 A Social Grace by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.15 | 200 ratings

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A Social Grace
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Psychotic Waltz are a prog metal band who have a truly original sound, with psychedelic influences in keeping with their often-trippy artwork very much to the fore. Frontman Buddy Lackey also plays a mean flute in a style that is quite clearly influenced by Jethro Tull mastermind Ian Anderson (there's even a song dedicated to him on this disc!), and the juxtaposition of sometimes-thrashy often-proggy metal riffing and gentle flute creates an intoxicating mixture which both harks back to the glory days of 1970s prog rock whilst at the same time creating a combination of influences which is genuinely unique. An excellent debut which by all rights should have put the band in the first rank of the subgenre along with Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Pain of Salvation.

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 Bleeding by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.92 | 96 ratings

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Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
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5 stars The last of the classic '90s Psychotic Waltz releases was neither a continuation of the band's first two albums, nor was it a direct followup to Mosquito. Bleeding is definitely more melodic than their previous output and the songs are much shorter, with all compositions being between 3-5 minutes in length. With all that in mind, I still think that Psychotic Waltz manages to hold their own by delivering another unique sounding record and an excellent one at that!

Straight from the get go Faded kicks us off with a funky bass riff that mesmerizes it's audience and the rest of the composition is indulged in a hypnotic state of mind with Devon Graves keeping up his theatrics for the sense of entertainment. There are quite a few excellent moments spread out all throughout this record with Morbid and Northern Lights being the most commercial sounding ones, while My Grave features what can only be described as a great tribute to one of our favorite progressive rock icons!

There is really not a single dull moment all throughout these 11 tracks, something that unfortunately could not have been said about Mosquito. There is also a clear sense of direction embedded into these compositions that don't try too hard in order to impress us and ultimately achieving just that.

Most fans considered Bleeding to be a great record that works on its own but ultimately fails in comparison to the band's first to masterpiece. When you break it down, this record comes close to another masterpiece and it's up to the listener to determine whether Bleeding is worth that extra push up the latter. I definitely think so since it's the last of the classic Psychotic Waltz releases that has only continued to grow in reputation over the years!

***** star songs: Faded (3:45) Morbid (3:39) Bleeding (3:55) Drift (3:34) Northern Lights (3:19) My Grave (3:27)

**** star songs: Locust (3:30) Need (4:48) Sleep (3:24) Skeleton (3:25) Freedom? (4:46)

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 Mosquito by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.70 | 76 ratings

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Mosquito
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars I guess that Psychotic Waltz fans that have been waiting for a followup album to Into The Everflow couldn't have been other than disappointed by what they've heard on Mosquito. Personally, I haven't had the chance of hearing this release until only recently and I was pretty prepared for this album to be a lesser experience compared to the first two releases.

I can definitely hear that Psychotic Waltz have stripped a great deal of their mystery on these compositions, thus leaving us with a pretty straightforward release by their standards. Still, this doesn't mean that there is nothing to enjoy, but merely that the layers of greatness aren't here and what's left can in most cases be considered a product of it's time. Yes, I'm referring to the obvious comparisons to band's like Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction are clearly creeping into the band's otherwise very unique sound. There aren't any of the lengthier tracks, instead the album's time have been divided among a larger number of compositions that are 4 minutes in length on average.

My biggest concern is that there is really no standout tracks among this large number of compositions and those times when Psychotic Waltz decides to do something different it just turns out sounding average at best. You might have guessed by now that I'm not a huge fan of this record. If only the band released their forth album Bleeding before this one, then I would at least have been able to pin point the directional shift between their four releases in a linear fashion and wouldn't have seen Mosquito as a deviation from the norm that it is.

This is a hard album to recommend to anyone who has learned to love Psychotic Waltz through albums like A Social Grace and Into The Everflow but if you feel like the band was way too extravagant for your taste on those records then this record might feel like a nice change of pace. If anything, Mosquito certainly is a grower that will surely make you appreciate it more over time but just don't expect it to be something that it isn't.

***** star songs: Dancing In The Ashes (2:31)

**** star songs: Mosquito (3:14) Lovestone Blind (4:15) Haze One (4:36) Cold (4:25) Mind Song (6:08)

*** star songs: Shattered Sky (4:49) All The Voices (3:04) Only Time (4:37) Locked Down (3:26)

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 Into The Everflow by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.15 | 193 ratings

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Into The Everflow
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars I had a surprisingly different initial reaction to this classic recording compared to many of my fellow collaborators. Not only was I not impressed by my first spin of this album, but I also found it quite irritating at times which made repeated listens unbearable at the time. My solution was to put the CD aside, for safekeeping of a sorts, and try to come back to it at a different point in time. This solution took quite some to for me to work but fortunately it turned out for the better!

Into The Everflow is a magnificent album which, I can safely say, grows on it's audiences over time. At first you might only grab bits and pieces of these quite intriguing compositions but it will all come around in due time. Ashes is one of the few numbers that still doesn't sit too well with me, but that's just because of my unfortunate first encounter with this slowly building composition that left a bad taste in my mouth that I'm still not sure can be remedied with time. Fortunately this intro of a sorts soon transforms into a very nice composition and what follows after it can only be summarized as one of the best, if not the best, progressive metal composition of all time!

Not only does Out Of Mind hit it's listeners as a punch right in the gut, but it also generates an instant and long-lasting appeal for the performance of all the participating musicians. It's simply a perfect piece of progressive music that would, in my opinion, have made a much more effective album opener than Ashes. The album's title track is another obvious winner with the exception of a few profound-sounding but overall very pretentious lyrics that make the experience hilarious for me. The instrumental section of the piece is just marvelous and I honestly have nothing even remotely bad to say about it at the end of the day.

The next really awesome composition takes it's time to come around, but once it does we're treated to a trilogy of tracks that can easily be defined as a tour de force for Psychotic Waltz. Hanging On A String is really a weird sounding ballad to come after all these strong metallic pieces but I completely blows the listener away with both it's instrumental prowess and lyrical content. Things get even weirder with the off-beat Freakshow and finally Butterfly, the latter features some of the best performances featured from the collective. This, in my opinion, clearly cements their reputation as the first really great band to come out of the progressive metal sub-genre of the early '90s.

There is really not much more I can say about this album that wouldn't make it sound like a complete fanboy praising, so I'll just make it simple for you - get this album!

***** star songs: Out Of Mind (4:45) Tiny Streams (5:02) Into The Everflow (8:18) Hanging On A String (3:49) Butterfly (9:18)

**** star songs: Ashes (5:09) Freakshow (5:40)

*** star songs: Little People (4:07)

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 A Social Grace by PSYCHOTIC WALTZ album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.15 | 200 ratings

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A Social Grace
Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars It really took me a while to warm up to this release but once I did the magic simply took over.

And so we have finally come to one of the undeserving forgotten gems of progressive music that has undeniably a strong following in some circles but this treasure is hidden from the rest of the community. Psychotic Waltz is a band that never gets mentioned whenever I see lists of the great early progressive metal bands/albums of the late '80s/early '90s and it's really a mystery to me. I initially heard of the band here on ProgArchives but it took me a few years to get around to finally hearing the band's music and unfortunately even longer to appreciate it!

I can, based on my own experience, understand why this repertoire might take some time to warm up to but it's definitely worth all the ground work! A Social Grace was my first experience of the band's music and it wasn't an obvious hit from the get go, which might explain why I swiftly moved on to the rest of their discography while leaving this classic album behind. My main reasons for initially disregarding the album was based on it's length and the poor sound production that has plagued pretty much most of the early progressive metal releases of the early '90s. This is also why I rarely listen to well established progressive metal classics like Images And Words, Perfect Symmetry and The Warning. There is a certain sound to all these records that just comes off sounding very dated to my ears and unfortunately distracts me from enjoying the otherwise masterful compositions.

It was only after getting excessive knowledge of the rest of the band's discography that I finally gave A Social Grace another chance and the results were completely opposite of my initial reaction. The album has so much magnificent material hidden under the dated production that it ultimately rises above it's obvious limitations and becomes a genre defying experience!

...And the Devil Cried and Another Prophet Song kick the album into high gear from the get go but it's ultimately the album's second half, starting with the gorgeous ballad called I Remember, that really turns the whole experience up a notch for me. I Of The Storm and Only In A Dream are easily some of the band's most poignant compositions and it's certainly a pity that this type of raw energy would only last for one more release.

No matter how you twist and turn it there is really no denying that A Social Grace is an amazing debut album from a band that would manage to even go beyond their limitations by delivering an even better sophomore release!

***** star songs: Another Prophet Song (5:27) In This Place (4:10) I Remember (5:28) I Of The Storm (4:33) A Psychotic Waltz (6:11) Only In A Dream (3:36)

**** star songs: And The Devil Cried (5:43) Halo Of Thorns (5:31) Succesor (4:12) Spiral Tower (5:59) Strange (6:38) Nothing (5:44)

*** star songs: Sleeping Dogs (1:33)

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