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Behold...The Arctopus


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.81 | 62 ratings

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4 stars I thought my Mind was going to explode on first listen of this one.

Usually I cant stand overly technical guitar/bass/drum-sterbation, but for some reason this group has always turned me on. At some points their music does in fact strike a chord in this hardcore post rockers heart. I cant really put my finger on it, but Skullgrid is one hell of an album I will recommend to pretty much anybody.

thirty second note drumming, insane warr guitar work flopping from guitar to bass in an instant, and a lead guitar player who switches from playing straight up scales, to mind blowing shred solo's. Yeah sounds like your typical tech metal band, but really it's DT, Death, Cynic, and liquid tension experiment on steroids. Without a vocalist dragging them down this threesome are free to make the most technical and brutal music they can. Sometimes going through several key modulations in a couple of seconds, to just plain chromaticism, oh and don't even bother trying to count the time. Even the pretentious a$$ hole Jordan Rudess has a few shining moments on this album. What else can I say, this album just defines technicality.

My favorite song is the one minute opener. Whenever I'm asked what kind of music I'm into (though I don't even listen to much tech at all) I'll go ahead and show them the title song, and watch them give me a face of a child when they found Santa wasn't real. Pure disbelief, that's what you'll get with this album.

Dim | 4/5 |


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