Essential listening for anyone interested in music evolving beyond the confines of stereotype. If you listen to Jazz and metal, especially the Jazz coming out of the Tzadik label and John Zorn himself, and the metal of the likes of Thaetas, Afterbirth, Blood Incantation, you will dig this exceptional album.
Favorite track: Forgotten Explanations.
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Is anyone else tired of how painfully slow metal has evolved recently compared to how quickly innovations occurred at the end of the last century? think about how drastic and surprising changes were in the 5 years between 1988 and 1993, versus how stagnant metal between 2015 - 2020 has been. on Hapeleptic Overtrove, Behold the Arctopus shows the utmost respect for the true spirit of extreme metal: a musical world that should challenge the audience to listen to and think about things in new ways, while reveling in mystery, surprise and excess which is simultaneously baroque and primitive.
released June 12, 2020
Colin Marston (Warr guitar) and Mike Lerner (guitar guitar) are joined by drummer Jason Bauers (previously of Psyopus), who has brought his experience with classical percussion to the table, allowing the drums to become another melodic voice, rather than just a metric skeleton. For the new compositions, inspiration was drawn from the non-traditional setup of English free jazz drummer Tony Oxley, and the percussion music of 20th century composers Iannis Xenakis, Edgard Varese, and Elliott Carter. The drum kit for the new album removes extreme metal's constant harsh static wash by deleting all hi-hats, crashes, and ride cymbals, replacing them with almglocken, wooden plank, metal pipe, broken stacks, and bell/chimes. Sticks are replaced by mallets, and, more importantly, the function of the drums is no longer to play "beats." Instead the drums take on a role more similar to the guitars, resulting in a sound closer to chamber music than rock.
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I can't stop listening to this. Seriously, I bought it 3 days ago and have replayed it probably 20 times all the way through. Easily one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Buy it on vinyl, you will not be disappointed. Revblank