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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B00007KSAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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4. Fischer's Gambit
5. Grace (Live)
6. Some Brighter Thing
7. The Brooke The Ocean
8. Singing Deep Mountain

Editorial Reviews

In 1999, former Cynic bassist Sean Malone startled the metal and progressive rock world with the self-titled debut release from his Gordian Knot project. Featuring a lineup of renowned musicians it blurred the distinction between rock and metal - Gordian

Customer Reviews

The production quality, however, is pretty bad.
Jeffrey J.Park
Different styles of music are so seamlessly integrated that picking them out is basically impossible.
Lord Chimp
Jason Gobel and Jim Matheos play fantastic also.
Russ Bellinger

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long wait for _Emergent_, which was delayed (and delayed!) for a long time before finally being released. Now that I have it, I can definitely say it is everything I expected it to be and more. While similar to Gordian Knot's first release, _Emergent_ is far more realized and astonishing. Fluid, heavy, bold - so pure in manifestation that it is nothing less than genius.
Although Gordian Knot was a project initiated by Chapman Stick player and bassist Sean Malone, it would be a mistake to credit the album's brilliance solely to him. Malone has recruited an amazing team of musicians, but they are embraced into this project rather than performing as session players. The chemistry between these musicians is so dense its like gasoline fumes distorting the air. Songs unfold in a musical arena where each player listens and adapts to the others, baiting with challenges and responding to twists. The music is clearly composed, but it has that spontaneous tension and exuberance of improvisation. You cannot describe this music in a nutshell. Different styles of music are so seamlessly integrated that picking them out is basically impossible. You really just have to listen. The instrumental interplay is so tight Robert Fripp would probably stop and take notice. _Emergent_ is heavier than _Gordian Knot_ was, but not really in a "metal" kind of way.
Consider the lineup: Sean Malone (bass, Stick, keys, guitar), Bill Bruford (drums, percussion), Jason Gobel (guitars), Sean Reinert (drums, percussion), Steve Hackett (guitars), Pat Masvidal (guitars), Jim Matheos (guitars). Careful, you're drooling.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I very rarely call any album absolutely perfect, but the mysterious entity known as Gordian Knot has practically redefined the term. The first album from Sean Malone's exquisite brainchild was a stunning instrumental work that I'm still hearing new things in, and somehow this disc has managed to top even that. Incredible, dynamic, masterful, a mind-expanding sensory journey for the ears: I could throw out descriptions all day and not quite convey the sheer absolute brilliance that is Emergent.
Ok - that last sentence may be exaggerating a little, but this is unquestionably an album that instrumental rock or jazz fans (or anyone who appreciates incredible composition when they hear it) will be sorely lacking if they don't hear. I'm almost lost for words. The instrumentation is plain - guitars/bass/keys - but the execution covers part of the rock, metal and jazz camps all at once. It's heavy, it's ambient, it's forceful enough to shake some walls if played loud (slightly heavier overall than the first), but sprinkled with a few moments of peaceful brilliance so gorgeous they have to be heard to be believed. Case in point - a live version of the previous disc's closer, "Grace," enhanced with layers on layers of Chapman Stick that build higher and higher to the heavens. It's one of the most rapturous things to be heard on this earth. On the other end of the spectrum: "Muttersprache" and "A Shaman's Whisper," a crazed mix of furious guitars and driving beats - though still lightened with some moments of rest before the next storm comes. GK is full of fireworks, but fireworks of the most sublime kind: they're found in otherworldly performances and phenomenal compositions, and any instrumental pyrotechnics add to the whole subtly, not with wild abandon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Tedesco on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Beautifully written, flawlessly executed, Sean Malone's second Gordian Knot project "Emergent" is a stunning achievement. Once again, he has assembled a top-notch lineup (including notables Bill Bruford, Jim Matheos, and Steve Hackett, along with various Cynic alumni), and the excellence of the results simply cannot be understated. Malone has a talent for constructing compositions that are, first and foremost, beautiful, and the virtuosity of the respective musicians is at all times carefully directed towards the greater good of the composition. This is most clearly reflected in the solos, which are never about anything more than advancing the composition itself.
For those who are familiar with the first Gordian Knot project, this one is a bit heavier, largely a result of replacing Trey Gunn's Warr guitar with a greater emphasis on the guitars of Hackett, Matheos, Jason Gobel, and Paul Masvidal on one track. But in many ways this is a strength of this album, which has a more organic feel than the first. If this album is to be compared to anything, it perhaps fits best with some of the finest offerings of the classical genre.
But even these comparisons fail. This album is an absolute masterpiece, a stunning work that demands attention. I recommend Emergent in the strongest possible terms; among the hundreds of albums in my collection, I can think of none that I would recommend above it. You do yourself a service, and support an emerging musician of the highest caliber, by ordering it immediately.
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