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Spastic Ink


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.01 | 82 ratings

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5 stars A real masterpiece. Ron Jarzombek, former Watchtower guitarist, formed a trio in the mid- nineties with his brother Bobby on drums and Peter Perez on bass and released this entirely instrumental album. The music is very intricate and probably the most technical that came in the metal area. Ron kept the power of Watchtower's metallic sound but broadened his canvas by adding some jazz elements to this project, mainly in regard of the rhythm section (Allan Holdsworth and Frank Zappa are the main artists who come to mind when a comparison is needed). The use of the counterpoint adds a classical influence to their music. Overall, the music here is something very unique that leans mainly towards jazz-fusion but with some metallic riffs. It is very thrilling and you never get bored of the result. Moreover, as you will notice while looking at the song titles, they are quite funny and so is the music, the three musicians involved in this project managing to play on the one hand with a high level of technicity and on the other hand with a certain sense of humour ( " A wild hare" was inspired by the music of cartoon movies), the guitar sounding at times as if it was a dialogue between two persons (or I should say animals as we're speaking of cartoon-inspired music) . However don't expect any emotion in this music, it is very technical and funny but there is nothing here that could make you weep. To sum up, I would say this is a milestone in the story of metal music as nothing like that was released previously in this realm and it is a successful attempt to mix jazz-fusion and metal. Recommended for people who like challenging instrumental music.
lucas | 5/5 |


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