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Behold...The Arctopus


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.13 | 31 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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4 stars Behold The Arctopus - Horrorscension.........says it all, really. The music presented here by Tech/Death Extreme instrumentalists Colin Marston (WARR guitar) Mike Lerner (Guitar) and Christopher 'Weasel' Walter (Drums) is a lesson in over-the-top technical proficiency and ultimate chaos, yet remaining tight, coherent, and ridiculously dissonant and uncompromising!! Not music for the faint-of-heart, I tell you. Opening with a track titled Disintegore - shredding guitar, rumbling WARR guitar in bass range, and stuttering stop-start outbursts of drums, one is likely to shake their head in disbelief. These guys annihilate the listener with a pummelling barrage of relentless noise and ridiculous time sigs (questionable, as the music sounds so random), crushing everyone and everything in their path. More or less a vehicle for NYC's premier Death-Squad of Colin Marston and his Menegroth studio, home to many Extreme underground Metal acts, local and far, where Marston's understanding of the rules and how to break them get a chance to express themselves without any constriction. We get 6 tracks, clocking under a half-hour, where Colin states he did have another piece or 2 for this release, but time ran out and he was more than satisfied with the unusually short running time of this slab of sonic concrete. Sometimes less is more, Y'know. Don't expect any respite from Lerner's guitar fury, the soul- crushing double-pedal work of Weasel, and God-knows-what from Marston and his 12-string beast, the most 'ambient' or moment of relief, comes at the end of Horrorsentience, where we hear a minute of a Mellotron sample. Yep, a 'tron !! Gotta love the 1 min. Putrefucktion, a freak-out with 380 mph double-kick. I guess I'm fairly new to this part of the PROG World, so I'm mightily impressed, maybe you, fellow readers can be too. Had it not been for fellow reviewer Atavachron, this, disgustingly attractive punch-to-the-face, may never have been unleashed. At least he reached one reader !! And the cover art, love this cover design, great colours. Even better as 12" x 12"......
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |


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