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Energetic Disassembly Original recording reissued


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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, January 27, 2009
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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ROCKADROME
  • ASIN: B001D52TH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Official reissue of legendary Texas heavy metal band's debut album from the early 80s! The infamous album that almost singlehandedly created a new genre (technical prog metal) and took heavy metal into a new dimension. 10 page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, photos and more!! Essential stuff for any metal collection! Featuring the vocals of Jason McMaster (Broken Teeth, Dangerous Toys) and the guitar of Billy White (Dokken).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first album of this unique band from Texas,released back in 1985,was as shocking as incovenient.<>metal was born and at the same time was terminated.Like an electric labyrinth expressed in mathematic symbols.A <<disassembly>> of Metallica,Rush and Celtic Frost codes.Full of brilliant,unpredictable music.Hard to find it,but totally worth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StingRayzor on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
OK, so I have this on vinyl. I bought it in 1986 and listened to it to no end. These days I only spin once a year or so, but the CD will have its day and my wife will run in terror.

THis is by far one of the most important "techno-prog-metal" albums ever released. I found it to be far too thin in production and tone, but hey, it was the eighties, the advent of MIDI and the day of ultra-thin guitar tones. Perhaps the mastering on this CD will provide me with some unexpected surprises in that regard. I was very let down when the vocalist left for Dangerous Toyz. Did they spell that with a "z"?

Listening to this CD will give you a bridge, if you will, from classic 70's prog rock to the prog-techno-metal of today. WatchTower was way ahead of the game.
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I absolutely love this album. Watchtower is like Rush on acid. They have taken all of the best aspects of progressive rock and heavy metal and pushed them to the extreme--insane, high vocals; awesome riffs; incredible musicianship; complex and challenging lyrical content; superb shredding; and all the crazy time changes. Any fan of progressive rock, 80's metal, and/or thrash will immediately connect with their style. If there is one component missing, one might say it's melody. "Sounds rather glaring!" you say. However, the album is so good in every other respect that it really almost doesnt matter. IT'S THAT GOOD. The production is a little weird and very low-budget sounding, but that factor actually gives the album a certain charm--or rather a rawness and power that fit perfectly with the music. I also love their second and (so far) last album, Control and Resistance. It's certainly more polished, no doubt in part to the addition of Ron Jarzombek and Alan Tecchio. But Energetic Disassembly has an almost magical quality about it. Aggressive and absorbing, it keeps your attention all the way through to the end.

Despite their limited catalogue, Watchtower may simply be the coolest band of all time. Perhaps their limited output has helped them in this regard. Other bands may have been more successful and more prolific, but there are no weak efforts that dampen what they have released--just two superb, nearly flawless albums and progressive metal at its very finest.
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To be fair, I'm not a fan of prog rock or highly technical "math" rock. Bands like early Rush, Dream Theatre & Atheist have never really been my thing. In fact, the only reason I picked up a couple of Watchtower cd's was because I'm a Jason McMaster (D. Toys & Broken Teeth) fan.

And this recording was a shock. No more cock rock. No more balls-to-the-walls AC/DC style bar rock. More like Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson fronting Drem Theatre. The fact that McMaster & Co. were only in their teens or maybe early-twenties is even more amazing. Even not being much of a fan of this type of music does not detour me from being able to listen without prejudice and admiring the incredibly technical musicianship offered up on this album. Fans of McMaster will want to pick this up as a history lesson, while true prog/technical/math rock fans will have to have it. Because that genre, before there was a genre, started with Watchtower, deep in the heart of Central Texas.
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