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Control & Resistance

Watchtower Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  5. Control And Resistance 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B00009KU6B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vive l'Anarchie March 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There may never be another band like Austin's Watchtower. In the wasteland of hairband excess of the 1980s, Watchtower was an oasis of intelligence, talent, and imagination. Nowhere to be found were the idiotic lyrics about sex, cars, and getting drunk. The disingenious 3-chord riffs were MIA. In their place were thought-provoking social commentary and musicianship that was unheard of since the heyday of Yes. Here was a band who combined the heaviness and intensity of thrash metal with the musical sophistication of jazz fusion. Even though they wouldn't exactly dominate the charts, they would be a role model for other amazing bands like Dream Theater, Cynic, Death, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Spiral Architect.
Control and Resistance is Watchtower's second album, after the 1986 debut Energetic Disassembly. Their first vocalist Jason McMaster would leave to join the more commercially accessable Dangerous Toys, and Hades frontman Alan Tecchio would take McMaster's place. Guitarist Billy White would be replaced by ultrashredder Ron Jarzombeck. Jarzombeck's playing sounded like a mad-scientist trying to create his own idea of the perfect guitar player by kidnapping Yngwie Malmsteen, Dave Mustaine, Carl Stalling, and Allan Holdsworth- then trying to fuse them all into one person. Doug Keyser was better suited for funk or fusion - Who needed him when you had bass maestros like Nikki Sixx who just strummed along with the australopithecine guitar chord progressions? Just joking - Keyser laid down a funky groove that made things far more interesting. Rick Colaluca ,in my opinion, was the Neil Peart of the speed metal generation. When so thrash metal drummers were saying, "Look at me, I can play 250 beats per minute.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shredders' heaven October 23, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Rather underappreciated for their talents, Watchtower were a trail-blazing progressive metal act who remain venerated in cult circles. This was their second album, and by all means one of the most complex, technically accomplished pieces of hard rock on the map. Their motto was apparently to cram as many notes into each measure as possible, and the instrumentalists use thrash and speed metal as a starting point for experiments in jazz-fusion bass lines, precision drumming and unbelievable harmony solos from guitarist Ron Jarzombek. I do have to admit that, for most listeners, it's doesn't seem overly emotional; the songs appear to mainly be excuses for instrumental acrobatics. In that sense it may be obvious why these guys never achieved the commercial success of some less-pretentious metal bands. But boy could Watchtower play. If you enjoy the more technical aspects of bands like Rush, Iron Maiden and (old) Metallica, this may be right up your alley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technical Ecstasy! September 29, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of super-technical metal (Cynic, Aghora, Spiral Architect), this is where it all started. These guys only have two albums out (the first, "Energetic Disassembly", long out of print- if you're lucky, you can track down a copy of it on the internet, or pick up "Demonstrations in Chaos", available through Amazon; which are demo versions of material from their mid-80's independent label release), but they are among the most mind-numbingly complex pieces of work you've ever heard. Say what you will about this sort of music being too cold, technical, heartless. What it might lack in passion it more than makes up for in finesse.
Basically, take 2 parts old-school Rush and one part frustrated jazz profs on crack. Add a splash of Steve Vai and a pinch of thrash on acid, and you might begin to start getting a picture of what these guys are about. Everyone in this group overplays. Let's get that straight from the get-go. The drums (Rick Colaluca) are completely over-the-top, the bass parts (Doug Keyser) sound like they're taken right out of jazz fusion 101, and the guitars (Ron Jarzombek) are pulled straight from the Allan Holdsworth school of legato phrasing. Top it off with Alan Tecchio's unbelievable vocals, an octave above where most mere mortals can hear, and you've got a collection of start-stop, turn on a dime, time changes, whirl-wind guitar solos, and jazz fusion combo arrangements that's enough to make the profs at GIT sit up and take notice. And, don't get me wrong, this album rocks! It's not just a flurry of scales and technical artistry. This is definitely one of the best Metal albums ever.
I've been a fan of these guys since the mid-eighties and keep this C.D. in rotation almost constantly. If you're into what I call "musician's music", you owe it to yourself to buy this disc. It's unbelievable. Also check out Ron Jarzombek's solo projects (available only on his website: [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great technical thrash. December 13, 2013
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Great band with crazy rhythms and riffs, great timing and lyrics. Personal favorites include control and resistance and Mayday in Kiev.
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