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Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects


Experimental/Post Metal

4.15 | 130 ratings

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3 stars Fredrik Thordendal's side project is a trippy slice of jazz-tinged extreme prog metal, with a delirious concept that seems to allude to alien abduction and all that late 1990s X-Files fun. It's been issued in two versions, of which I have only heard Version 3.33 - which apparently takes out the church organ that appeared on some tracks, but compensates for this with improved sound quality and two extra songs. It's an enjoyable enough listen which will intrigue anyone interested in highly technical jazz-metal that takes the experiments of the likes of Atheist to the next level, though it isn't such a classic as to prompt me to go track down the other version for the sake of comparing and contrasting. In particular, a few too many sections seem to be slightly less experimental than they first appear, essentially being straight-ahead jazz fusion guitar numbers disguised by extreme metal textures and aesthetics.
Warthur | 3/5 |


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