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Twisted Into Form


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.17 | 48 ratings

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2 stars Tech-metal, much like Post-Rock, is plagued by uniformity. There may be a few cliques, but the fact remains that there are a ton of bands that sound the same.

So, here we have Twisted into Form, the new band from ex-Spiral Architect guitarist Kaj Gornitzka. The aforementioned managed to get out of the gate ahead of the pack and make an album that is still relatively fresh and unmatched. Then Comes Affliction to Awaken the Dream resembles what Spiral Archiect may have sounded like had they not broken up after their first record. The tones are similar, the riffs are similar, and even the vocals are similar. This isn't inherently bad: the problem is the timing. By 2006, this sound was pretty old.

Leeway is given to unoriginal bands as long as their atmosphere and/or compositional quality are top- notch. Unfortunately, the band put no noticeable effort into producing this record. It seems like they wrote some songs, played them, and put them out. The record feels empty. Then, looking at compositional value, the technical aspect is obviously strong, and the band even thought it best to include some memorable riffs, choruses and the like (sidestepping another general tech-metal fault). The problem with these pieces is that are shallow. I don't feel stimulated emotionally or intellectually when I listen to this. Simply put, it is empty and mechanical.

While the band benefits from not being cacophonic and relentless like PsyOpus, they still don't bring much to the table. It's very hard to compete with some of the more experimental tech-powers out there, but it is being done. I don't see this band having much of a future, but so far the reception on this site is pretty positive, so you never know.

Moatilliatta | 2/5 |


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