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Blotted Science


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.03 | 43 ratings

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4 stars Speed kills!

Sudden outbursts of blast beats and manic lead breaks with astonishing time changes are the stuff of dreams when it comes to technical metal. It is extreme, aggressive, weird, and downright inventive throughout. It is a form of Math metal in many ways, very technical complex time changes, and speed picking lead soloing. 'Ingesting Blattaria' simply is stunning speedy technical thrash. Undoubtedly the band love to stun a listener with incredible time sig metrics and rather odd structures in the tracks.

'Cretaceous Chasm' continues this blast of technical prowess with one time sig shift after another. It begins with doomy metal crawls and then a 'flight of the bumblebee' lead break. It is recognisable as the familiar bumblebee tune but it is varied enough to be innovative. Alex Webster's bassline is a heartbeat and the percussion of Hannes Grossmann is extraordinary. Ron Jarzombek's metal distorted guitar and lead breaks are a quintessential drawcard. Did I mention no vocals. There are none whatsoever and yet one might expect a death metal growl to come over at any second. I am grateful o the absence of this as I can concentrate on the incredibly speedy metal signatures.

'Vermicular Asphyxiation' is an apt title or a death metal band, and it begins with violin effects on guitars, and sweeping keyboard sounds. Amazing how these sounds are generated by one artist. Jarzombek is incredible. This is a slower song but no less adventurous. The time sigs are unbelievable. Soon it launched into a chugging low riff and speedy lead guitar sweeps. A new time sig locks in and more lead guitar as another sig clashes in and the tempo is incredibly fast, like a nest of hornets just buzzing furiously. Hence the wonderful album cover art. The illustration on the cover is the insect world's answer to "Kill 'Em All". The next epic in 4 phases is in contrast to the insect infestation on the cover.

'A Sting Operation ? I Human Barbequed', 'II Cessation Sanitation', 'III Seeing Dead People' and 'IV Omitting Eyes'. The epic that lasts for about 9 minutes when heard in its entirety begins with buzzing bee guitar, and incredible percussion speedblasts, double kicking frenetically. It is slowed into a steady pace with consistent lead guitar arpeggios. The pace really slows into what sounds like keyboard but its phased guitar. Grossmann's percussion is technical brilliance speeding up and maintaining rhythm sporadically. There is a freak out of metal and then a welcome break into quieter acoustics. Then more breakneck speed metal and weird time changes to finish it. My ears need a break now but its only short and such a rush of energy it is astounding.

This is an awesome extreme tech metal album, a short EP but just so good. I urge all metal fans to get hold of this dynamic killer EP.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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