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THE SENSE APPARATUS

Frantic Bleep

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.69 | 15 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars FRANTIC BLEEP are from Norway and they play a dark, atmospheric and often heavy brand of Metal. I bought this so long ago that I couldn't remember what they were supposed to sound like, so it was a surprise to listen to this for the first time. I was reminded of OPETH at times during some of the more atmospheric sections and ZERO HOUR when it got heavy. Unfortunately overall this doesn't compare to what either of those two bands have released.This is on the outer fringe of what I like which was a bit frustrating but still there's still lots to like.

"A Survey" opens with heavy mid-paced riffing then the vocals join in before a minute on this short intro track. "The Expulsion" features guitar that sounds like a buzz-saw followed by heaviness. It calms right down before a minute and reserved vocals join in. It kicks back in as contrasts continue. Spacey synths before 4 minutes. "Sins Of Omission" is heavy and dark. A calm takes over before a minute then it picks back up. "But A Memory" opens with some interesting guitar melodies that I like. It settles with vocals 1 1/2 minutes in reminding me of OPETH. Atmosphere follows then it kicks in heavier than ever 3 1/2 minutes to end it.

"Mausolos" opens with atmosphere then the keyboards join in. Reserved vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. More atmosphere after 3 1/2 minutes to end it. "Curtainraiser" opens with a heavy sound that builds as vocals sort of blend into it. Now he's screaming. It's doom-like before 2 minutes then it lightens a little as contrasts continue. "Mandaughter" is uptempo for a change as they "rock out". Nice. It settles back but it's still heavy. Spoken words and a calm then it kicks back in.The tempo picks back up like on the intro but not for long. "Nebulous Termini" has a good intro as the soft vocals sing over top. Heavy before 1 1/2 minutes. Some extreme vocals before 3 minutes. Spoken words end it. "Cone" is heavy and doom-like as reserved vocals join in.

A good album but it's not clicking with me.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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