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Behold...The Arctopus


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.08 | 25 ratings

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2 stars So, I was in the mood for something obscenely chaotic and heavy about a week ago, but also didn't feel like listening to my go to in this mood of The Dillinger Escape Plan. After browsing around for a bit, I read something about how this band was meant to be absolutely insane in terms of pure technicality. This seemed quite promising to me, so I decided to check out this album, thinking that such an album would be really awesome and strange. What I ended up finding was not that, as I find the majority of this album to be incredibly boring. This sounds like what happens if you take some of the worst elements from technical metal, i.e, extensive technical wankery, and then made it the noly thing going for your music at all, although to be fair, it's still better than the plethora of terrible metalcore scream vocalists you tend to find with these sorts of bands. The album honestly starts off well enough, as Disintegore's intro is really awesome, encompassing exactly what I expected from the band, literally changing time signatures every second or 2. The issue is that the rest of this album follows the exact same template, but without the anarchic streak that such aggressive, chaotic albums should have, making it simply sound like highly technical, frenetic metal and nothing more. You may be questioning why I started off this review with a needless, banal anecdote, and it's for the simple reason that I find very little to talk about with this, as there's essentially one element to it, technicality. I'll give this album 2 stars for the fact that despite the fact I find it really dull, both because of occasional entertaining memoents, and because the sheer talent of the band members is downright ludicrous, it's just that they forgot about their songwriting.

Best songs: Disintegore, Deluge of Sores

Weakest songs: Annihilvore (essentially 10 minutes of annoying dissonance)

Verdict: Honestly, the lack of variation or any particular interestig qualities of the album beyond how well played the instruments are really makes this a miss for me, however, if you're really into dissonant music that never wants to sit still for even a second, you may find this band enjoyable.

Kempokid | 2/5 |


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