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Behold the Arctopus Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Market Activities
  • ASIN: B008Y5OXEC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

After 5 years, Behold The Arctopus have returned!!! Since the 2007 release of their last album, Skullgrid, the presence of BTA has grown and
soared with the popularity of 12-string, Warr guitar-wielding, composer/producer, Colin Marston. In the interim, Marston has bolstered his
presence and fan base, releasing albums with his other bands, Gorguts, Krallice and Dysrhythmia, as well as engineering records in various
capacities for Genghis Tron, Jarboe and Orthrelm.

Besides Marston s stature as an innovator of everything avant-garde and aggressive, Horrorscension is drummer, Weasel Walter s debut with
the group. Weasel is the mastermind behind The Flying Luttenbachers for past 16 years, creator of the cult ugEXPLODE Records, a multi-
instrumentalist, composer and improviser extraordinaire. Weasel's extreme progressive music was a major influence on the band from the
beginning and his style brings a more exciting and aggressive nature to the songs. Weasel also composed two songs for the new album,
which provides a nice contrast to Marston's writing and guitarist, Mike Lerner's unholy soloing. The band has spent the last 2 years
constructing this album entirely in notated form away from instruments, before finally playing through it in a fierce, darker and more violent,
yet distinctly Behold the Arctopus style.

Prepare to get Disintegored!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental Technical Jazz Death Metal November 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you like hardcore Instrumental Heavy Metal you will like this album. If you like other hardcore instrumental Metal Bands like Indricothere, Dysrhythmia, Electro Quarterstaff, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science you will like this album. The drumming is aggressive. And instead of using a bass guitar, Colin Marston, uses what is called a Warr guitar on this album. A Warr guitar has between 7 and 15 strings ranging from notes below the register of the bass guitar and going as high as a traditional electric guitar. It is designed for two-handed tapping techniques and the guitar is usually played in an upright stick-like position. The band uses drums, electric guitar, and Warr guitar on this album and they manage to make unique music, no keyboards or programmed drums are used.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not To All Tastes April 24, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Here's a band I discovered on a video called "Worst Band Ever" on Youtube. This video linked to several dozen "THIS IS WHY BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS IS AWESOME!!!" videos. This should indicate the extreme reactions that this band generates in the metal world.

I'm no huge metal aficionado, nor would I want to be. I wouldn't know if there's any other band that sounds quite like this, but I can safely say that nothing else in my collection sounds like these guys. Fast paced, chaotic, seemingly random collections of guitar noises, bass thumps, drum smashes, and scale patterns flash across your mind as you listen. Sometimes it coalesces into something exciting and weird. Other times, it sounds like random noise. However, the band tightly writes their material (on sheet music, none the less) and plays it exactly the same way every time. I can appreciate that level of technical skill.

I find that this particular album veers a bit too into realms of pure noise, even when compared to their past work. There were always moments that came back or at least repeated briefly and established some sort of motif in their music. That isn't quite the case here: the band often seems to be mindlessly wanking, something I couldn't have accused their albums of before (after several listens).

The last track (I forget the names of the songs) is the lengthiest track they've ever done, but its also one of their best. Its over 10 minutes long and is at least one third of album in and of itself (thankfully, the band has acknowledge that having short albums is important for them, as most people can't handle this level of noise for that long of a period).

Beyond that last track (and a few others) this is probably their least impressive album. Still worth it for the hardcore fan, though.
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