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    Posted: January 24 2008 at 19:13
SCULPTURED - Embodiment
 
I received a promo of this album but have only now had time to give it a listen.
Wow, they have progressed! This is wonderfully prog rock woven into metal form. This is a great way to progress from two previous very good albums.
 
Still on the first listen, but so far, so good.
 
Anyone else heard this?
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2008 at 20:01
Maybe a myspace link will help:
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2008 at 22:17

So after this listening my impression is that they have climbed a step or two upwards and have really gone for a prog-rock sounds implemented in their metal. This is a great album, and the first candidate for my best of 2008 list.

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2008 at 00:04
I just listened to "Take My Body Apart" on myspace... wow. This is the kind of metal that i like to hear, in which every musician gets a chance to elaborate on a piece. (repetitive shredding in a rapid pace combined with double kick drum spamming and no audible bass line has never appealed to me) I'm still listening to the samples of their older stuff (which is also excellent imo) but their latest track does seem especially technical & progressive.

I think this is some of the better music i've heard so far this year as well. Thanks again Hug
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2008 at 06:29
Oh, hmm. Is this the Sculptured that's a side-project of Agalloch? I remember hearing their first CD some time ago and being much more enamoured with it than anything from the mothership. Thanks for reminding me about the band! I'll check this out soon.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 05:18
Yes it is the band linked to Agalloch.

I will be sure to check this one out. It has been a long time since they have released a full album, I think I last listened to them in 2000 and this was their album Apollo Ends. Musically I found them more varied than Agalloch, but lacking the more emotional facets.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 08:56
Originally posted by Black Velvet Black Velvet wrote:

. Musically I found them more varied than Agalloch, but lacking the more emotional facets.
 
Yeah, I agree.
With this one, they manage to change it though (at least somewhat).
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 17:58
SCULPTURED — Embodiment
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— First review of this album —

4%20stars A fantastic musical sculpture

From The End Records comes this fine release with an impressive lineup that not only promises but delivers beyond my expectations. The lineup is made up of guitarist Don Anderson bassist Jason Walton (both from Agalloch), Andy Winter on keyboards (Winds, Age Of Silence), drummer Dave Murray (ex-Estradasphere, Deserts Of Traun, Tholus) and vocalist Tom Walling.

Wow, what a start! This album opens with such a kick in your face heavy riffs mixed with great lush keyboards much in a 70’s inspired Hammond organ style. What’s great in this album is how they have progressed! This is wonderfully prog rock woven into metal form. This album is just full of progressive metal goodness: intricate guitar playing, fast changing rhythms, cool tunes, excellent playing, richness of sound, combined vocal styles (growling and clear) – a recipe for excellence. This is an excellent album, get it now! The production is great, clear and fresh. The songs are obviously well structured and have many intricacies built into them in terms of deviations from the main theme whether by time signature changes, vocal style, intensity or mood. They have done a remarkable work here that has caught me from the very first listen.

The choice to have only 5 tracks (though mostly long ones) has proven to be a wise one, as this album is a dense and rich experience and a longer album would have resulted in a less effective experience. The last songs, Embodiment is the Purest Form of Horror, is in itself a good reason to get this. It is a fantastic voyage between the fierceness of metal to the more melodic and mellow sides of it (reminiscing Winds somewhat), to a majestic part lead by keyboards and backed up wonderfully by the drums. It is a wonderful song and a good representative of the track they have gone to, or rather the level they have elevated up to.

If you’re unfamiliar with Sculptured, then band that might serve as reference would be the obvious Agalloch to a certain point but mostly Winds and Age Of Silence, and to some extent Opeth. Fans of these will love this most probably. In any case, they have not changed their basic style or sound; they have improved it and progressed and fulfilled their fine potential.

In short – it is a great progressive metal/rock album! This has started my list of the best 2008 albums.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 23:45
I really like Sculptured,and Embodiment is excellent.
 
I added it here with 2007 as the release date,are you sure it was released in 2008?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 23:45
Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

I really like Sculptured,and Embodiment is excellent.
 
I added it here with 2007 as the release date,are you sure it was released in 2008?
 
Yes. Look at The End Records and the band's Myspace.
It is scheduled for 2/19/08 release.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 23:47
Here's from their Myspace blog:
 

Monday, November 05, 2007

 

Embodiment to be released on Feb 19th 2008!

The End Records has set February 19, 2008 as the worldwide release of the long awaited third album from SCULPTURED entitled "Embodiment."  The album is the follow-up to "Apollo Ends" released 8 years ago.  On their third album the band's line up is composed of drummer Dave Murray (ESTRADASPHERE, DESERTS OF TRAUN, THOLUS), keyboardist Andy Winter (WINDS, AGE OF SILENCE), bassist Jason Walton (AGALLOCH, ESPECIALLY LIKELY SLOTH), guitarist/vocalist Don Anderson (AGALLOCH), and vocalist Tom Walling.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 23:51
OK Assaf,my mistake.
 
I will change the release date.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2008 at 23:52
Cool, thanks.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2008 at 08:54
Interview with Sculptured to come
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 10:41
Just got back Don Anderson's answers back.
I'll post the interview first in the website that invited the interview, www.sonicfrontiers.net and then I'll post it in the PA Interview section.
 
Don was very enthusiastic about the interview and answered in an elaborate way. I'm very happy with this interview.
 
Oh and if you still haven't done so, you must get the new album, Embodiment. It is officially out today!!
 
GET IT!!! It's a magnificent album!!
 
 
 
11$ for this album is a very good deal!
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2008 at 21:08
The interview with Don Anderson is published here:
 
 
 
Read SF's review of Embodiment
Visit Sculptured on MySpace
Order Embodiment from The End Records
 
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