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    Posted: February 16 2011 at 09:43
Been listening to these guys a lot again recently; just dug out their re-print of the "Nano-Nucleaonic Cyborg Summoning" EP. I know they were initially met with mixed reviews by the non-prog crowd, but what do you guys think? I've got a soft spot for extreme technical progressive metal, so I'm somewhat biased Wink 

Mike Lerner (guitar) also has a great side project called "Direwolf" that has one excellent album (took seven years to complete) that's worth tracking down if you're a fan of that style.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 10:42
There OK, but I still feel that Canvas Solaris are by far the best of these instrumntal Tech Metal bands.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 11:09
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I LOVE THIS BAND! very jazzy but so cool! the Warr Guitar work is flawless. Guitars could be better. First introduced to their work by a friend in high school and I was hooked immediately.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 11:41
I just love the sound, it's very raw. Bands that don't really care and just enjoy creative bliss earn HUGE points with me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:13
So far I can't think of a band that creates utter chaos better than them. Also they use serrealist and modern classical techniques, which I have an ENORMOUS amount of respect for. The beauty of this group is that you don't get it straight away, and even when you DO get it there's a massive amount of harmony, rhythm etc... to take in, so they last for ages on you. I've been listening to Skullgrid ever since it came out and I'm still finding new stuff in it. Plus they harmonise feedback, which is instant win for me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 16:40
Plus they cite Gorguts as a massive influence. Ever since I discovered these guys about three or four years ago, I always thought that Colin (warr guitar) would be an excellent edition in Gorguts if they ever re-united. Lo and behold, the second Luc Lemay revived the band Colin is on bass! Got to see them live at Maryland Deathfest this past May, arguably the single best set I've ever seen.

Good to know you guys appreciate it; metal doesn't get much more experimentally intense (while still maintaining flow) than Gorguts or BTA!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 17:41
I really like Colin's work with Dysrhythmia but I've never really gotten big into this band.  Though they've been one I've been wanting to explore for a while, jazz influenced tech metal is usually pretty sweet and I love when the Warr is implemented so well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 18:04

Botted Science's The Machinations of Dimentia is the best I've heard of this intrumental extreme/tech prog metal. Skullgrid is damn good but not quite up there with Blotted Science IMO. I have to listen to Canvas Solaris' Penumbra Diffuse again as it's been long time since I gave 'er a spin. Has anyone heard Irradiance(2010) from Canvas Solaris yet?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 21:38
The EP is pretty cool. Skullgrid is terrible. A lot of talent there for sure. Hopefully it translates into something.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 21:44
I wouldn't say Skullgrid is terrible, but it doesn't have the sheer insanity of Nanonuke

Luke Jaeger's Sleep Terror, Spiral Architect, and pretty much anything from Colin Marsden


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2011 at 23:08
I think the songwriting in NNCS was a bit better, but you have to like Skullgrid for its pure insanity. 'Canada' really is something though.  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2011 at 22:36
I'm listening to "Skullgrid" right now; this music is precisely what I want to hear at this very moment..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2011 at 22:59
Good musicianship marred by soullessness. Fun to listen to every now and again, but not very much staying power.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2011 at 10:15
Originally posted by cannon cannon wrote:

Botted Science's The Machinations of Dimentia is the best I've heard of this intrumental extreme/tech prog metal. Skullgrid is damn good but not quite up there with Blotted Science IMO. I have to listen to Canvas Solaris' Penumbra Diffuse again as it's been long time since I gave 'er a spin. Has anyone heard Irradiance(2010) from Canvas Solaris yet?

Irradiance is a good album with short, intense songs but Corticle Tectonics and The Atomized Dream are their best albums, theres a notable step up in quality from the all ready good first 2 albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2011 at 10:49
Sometimes 100% unfiltered technical ecstasy (not the Sabbath record!) is what needs to be heard; I for one think BTA fill this role perfectly! It's a great contrast to the pretentious bands that try writing this style while being dead serious; BTA is just plain fun!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 16:37
Originally posted by AllP0werToSlaves AllP0werToSlaves wrote:

Sometimes 100% unfiltered technical ecstasy (not the Sabbath record!) is what needs to be heard; I for one think BTA fill this role perfectly! It's a great contrast to the pretentious bands that try writing this style while being dead serious; BTA is just plain fun!

umm, YEAH Big smile

Also, Canvas Solaris isn't as fun as BTA.

The reason this band is so unique is, like Rush, they're a trio yet they produce such a full sound and the music is a lot more exciting than other bands in the genre. Plus I think a Trio has the ability to rock a stage better then most quintets.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2011 at 12:31
^100% agreed. My own band is a trio and I've been told numerous times our sonic quality exceeds even five piece bands. Plus, there's more room to move around on stage! LOL

Canvas Solaris is cool, but like you said BTA takes the cake for this type of pummeling. Mike Lerner's solo album "Beyond The Planes of Human Existence" has been in my CD player all week; doesn't sound like much at first but with repeated listens it reveals it's true progressive beauty.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2011 at 13:38
Just listened to Barriers and Passages by Dysrhythmia. It's pretty cool and Colin Marston's Warr guitar work is unbelievably good! This is an excellent album and I'd say a good listen for anyone who likes BTA. Overall, it's slightly more tame as far as drumming and ridiculous leads go, but still quality writing.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2011 at 10:29
Dysrhythmia is great, you can tell these guys grew up listening to Gorguts. Speaking of which, anyone else here a massive Gorguts fan?!
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