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Gordian KnotAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B00007KSAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, beautiful, perfect. 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece June 10, 2003
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello 2003 and Sean Malone! January 27, 2003
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This is my first purchase of a CD in 2003 - And what a CD it is! This is just what the doctor ordered to start up the year! If you don't have this yet - get it now! It is brilliant! Exceptional! Sean Malone has it for sure. Also nice to see Hackett and Bruford working together again on a modern, non-nostalgic effort, shows that these guys still have it too. Jason Gobel and Jim Matheos play fantastic also. If you are a guitar player you should definately check this out. This CD smokes & burns with superior musicianship and writing!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically perfect. August 29, 2003
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Sean Malone is a master at what he does. His skill is unsurpassed, and he shines like a supernova on Emergent. This is one of the finest examples of progressive rock you will likely ever hear. Hard to classify, and impossible to take out of your CD player, Emergent is an unbelievable album. By surrounding himself with some of the finest musicians on the planet, Bill Bruford, Steve Hackett..etc...Sean Malone has crafted a record that demands multiple listens. This is a technically perfect collection of music, from the hypnotic and cathartic Muttersprache to the staggeringly beautiful Grace, every song on this disk is a masterpiece. The musicianship put forth on Emergent is a perfect example of musical synergy, these guys can play. Without sparring back and forth for solo time Malone and crew weave intricate patterns and play off of each other so well at times it seems like they are a single entity. Every music fan should own this album. If you don't, get it now. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work Of Art January 18, 2003
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Being a loyal follower of all the post-Cynic projects, I have yet to come across one I did not enjoy. The first Gordian Knot had some downtime regarding all musicians participating but this is not the case with Emergent. The first half has Sean Reinert on drums and the highlight, to me, on the disk is the track "A Shaman's Whisper." This is the first recording including all members of Cynic's only major album. It is great to hear them all together again. The track has Bill Bruford doing percussion as well. The live version of "Grace" is the transition point of the album. After this song Bill Bruford takes over on drums and the second highlight is "The Brook and The Ocean." Sean Malone and Bruford do some trading off. The album overall has an emotional, relaxing, and soothing quality and as expected will become one of my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Professional. 20 ahead of everybody else
Published 4 months ago by Slobadon Melosavich
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST BUY!!!
Beautiful instrumental progressive music! Must buy!

Features members of Cynic and YES.
Published 14 months ago by Metalhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prog rock album with nods to jazz and metal
Gordian Knot is the brainchild of ex-Cynic bassist Sean Malone, a guy with a tremendous talent and musicianship. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ivan Howe The Great
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Music to Me
I stumbled upon Gordian Knot while looking for new music until the new Opeth CD comes out in August :) I really wanted something with vocals, but it has been hard trying to find a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure But Awesome
It should be no surprise that this album is tremendous. Look at the names of the players. They are the names most progressive rockers should know. Read more
Published on November 18, 2013 by Craig Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Fripp-style Prog
This is a solid prog album. Some varied styles and some creative things going on rhythmically. However, it still has a lot of the dreaded cheese factor that a lot of prog suffers... Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by Alex Rudd
2.0 out of 5 stars Good music, bad recording
I found this group through Pandora - song was suggested on radio station I based on the group Animals as Leaders. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by W. Schickling
1.0 out of 5 stars 1st album was great, this follow-up album was a total bust
As great as the first self-titled album was, this 2nd album (Emergent) was a complete dissapointment. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by SnowDog3000
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice stuff that is poorly recorded
This 2003 release of instrumental prog by Gordian Knot was a bit of a surprise for me; I knew nothing of bassist Sean Malone and the fact that he was collaborating with some of my... Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Jeffrey J.Park
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Not sure who Sean Malone is to King Crimson but almost every riff in most of the songs are King Crimson riffs...having said that Emergent is really cool listening material.. Read more
Published on July 30, 2010 by rodney garcia
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