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Spastic Ink


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.01 | 82 ratings

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4 stars Wow, technical.

SPASTIC INK are a super-technical progressive metal group, headed by ex-WATCHTOWER (the first ever progressive metal band, a super technical thrash metal band) guitar genius Ron Jarzombek with his equally talented brother bobby on drums with Pete Perez on bass rounding out the technical power trio.

Although as I keep mentioning the music is stupidly technical with all kinds of stop/starts, odd time signatures and poly-rhythms it is always melodic and most of the time quite cheeky which separates the band significantly from most technical metal bands in fact in spirit the band aren't terribly metallic at all.

It was hard to pick out highlights on this album for me mainly because there is so much information to process but the opener 'A mad data race' is certainly an early highlight and is probably the most accessible song on the album with something of a recurring regular structure. 'A wild hare' is my standout favourite it's apparently the band's musical interpretation of a scene from the cartoon movie classic 'Bambi', it's amazingly upbeat and cheeky although perhaps frustratingly technical at times.

The instrumentation on this album is terrifying, it's one thing to play really fast shred but it's an entirely different thing to play really fast, technical shred with odd syncopation and precision timing, the whole band is amazingly tight, I don't think I've heard a tighter band.

Overall Ink Complete is a very original and adventurous album recommended to the same kind of people, be warned though it's not for the faint of heart. Fans of WATCHTOWER, ATHEIST and BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS will surely enjoy.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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