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Hapeleptic Overtrove

by Behold The Arctopus

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thecombinatorax Behold the Arctopus has always been a marker of the development of my musical taste. They were the first remotely avant-garde music I've heard (metal or not) and I hated it (I was dumb and 12). I then eventually went to "I can appreciate that it's interesting" and now, I genuinely enjoy this album and what it's going for.

The unique percussion helped me appreciate not just this album but percussion in music generally. As a result, this album feels more like a cohesive whole.
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dyingstarsinmyeyes Thank you Behold The Arctopus, for being brave enough to take metal into a different direction.
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    We wil start shipping these the day they arrive back from the plant, at the latest that should be early December but we hope it will be earlier.


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    150 copies on Orange and Yellow Merge
    350 copies on Random Mixed Color

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HAPELEPTIC OVERTROVE CD available from P2's bigcartel store.

Colin Marston: warr guitar
Mike Lerner: guitar guitar
Jason Bauers: wood, plastic, metal

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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