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Energetic Disassembly [Limited Edition]

WatchTowerVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Plastic Head Distribution (Universal)
  • ASIN: B005ELZNFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing of this 1985 album. Energetic Disassembly was the debut album by Progressive Metal band Watchtower. It contains a re-recording of the song 'Meltdown', first recorded in 1983 for the Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death compilation. An earlier version of Energetic Disassembly, recorded at B.O.S.S. (short for Bob O'Neill Sound Studios) for Rainforest Records (home to S.A.Slayer), was scrapped when the label closed its doors. These 'lost' recordings have since been released as part of the 2002 Demonstrations In Chaos archives release. Back On Black.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent metal!-Spacelord February 22, 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!! I can't believe this!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must! September 21, 2013
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I was not even 17 when I heard them and this album from a heavy metal fanzine, so I decided to contact them and get a copy of the vinyl LP version. I was totally amazed: the rhythm and timing of each song was fast as those of many Thrash Metal bands while being absolutely not repetitive, resembling the complex music texture of Jazz. Despite the fact that the production is not extremely good, the album shows completely the band musical potential: a profusion of bass, drums and guitar solos and riffs, a intriguing songwriting and non trivial lyrics. The music in this album made some reviewers coining the terms "Techno-metal" and "Jazz-metal", thus this album started this genre of heavy metal.
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