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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.79 | 26 ratings

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4 stars Crazy Norwegians, what are they gonna do next?

The real reason which got me into this band was the artwork for this album. It was just so attractive.

But yea, this album and this band does confuse me a little. At times it's hard to determine really what they are trying to achieve, but after a while you discover that maybe they're not trying to achieve anything at all. Maybe, this is just their sound, odd but interesting.

This band reminds me of an English band called No Made Sense, with their odd concept and musical approach (see my review of their album The Epillanic Choragi for more). These guys are way better than No Made Sense, but they do have a similar je ne sais quois about them). I'm also not the biggest fan of this bands vocalist, he tries to hard at times, and sounds like a poor mans King Diamond the odd time.

This album does take a while to get used to, but once you do, you really do discover how wonderful it is. Listening to it the second time, it does seem a little familiar, but it still confuses me.

The concept is quite interesting, based on Russia & Sci-Fi, with some un-narrated text (kind of like Bal-Sagoth). The instrumental work is very impressive, with Torstein Niepe playing the vast majority of the instruments, and being a very under rated guitarist.

1. The Tunguska Incident - Some interesting proggy flairs & some post black metal riffing. Very interesting. 9/10

2. Sierra Day - Great chorus. Love the instrumental sections and how the song progresses throughout. The guitar solo is very Pink Floyd. 10/10

3. Phobos Anomaly - Pretty kick ass & very odd. Amazing instrumental work. 9/10

4. An Exercise In Depth Of Field - The metal parts are very Ephel Duath. A very confusing song. The bluegrass section is odd but pretty interesting. 9/10

5. At His Wit's End - Interesting chorus. Vocals are a wee bit weak. 8/10

6. Cloudscaper - Love the doomy intro. The odd dynamic changes are pretty cool as well. 9/10

7. Prime Warring Eschatologist - Nice ambient intro. Well crafted song. The ending is pretty epic. 9/10

CONCLUSION: The interest of this album is worth the price alone really. They will baffle your mind though.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |


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