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Ink Compatible [Import]

Spastic InkAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Marquee Inc. Japan
  • ASIN: B0001N1N8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ron Jarzombek is an amazing guitarist. The only peers I see for him are Michael Romeo and John Petrucci. This shows the talents of all involved, including a guest appearance by Marty Friedman and keyboard legend Jens Johannsen (formerly Yngwie Malmsteen/Silver Mountain, etc).

The concept album features some really funny clips of a redneck's struggles with his computer, as it is a concept album about computers and the internet. The songs range from Neoclassical shred insanity, to Zappa and Watchtower type melodies. Jason McMaster (formerly of Watchtower also) outdoes himself on this as well. His vocals are a bit rougher this time around and have lost none of its power, but the high shrieking (which was far worse with Alan Tecchio in my opinion) is kept to a minimum. The music is insane, technical metal from another dimension. My band plays a Dream Theater cover, but if they wanted me to learn some of this stuff, I would throw down my guitar for good! Hopefully the Watchtower reunion will happen and these guys get the acclaim they deserve. Technical Metal is still in its infancy, and I can see many innovations to come considering the scope of this genre. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical metal for the kid in all of us... December 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first thing to note about this recording is the rather impressive list of guest contributors. On vocals - Jason McMaster of Watchtower, Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation; on guitars - Marty Friedman of Megadeth; on keyboards - Jens Johansson of Stratovarius, Jimmy Pitts of Scholomance, David Bagsby of Xen; on bass - Michael Manring of Attention Deficit (god), Sean Malone of Cynic (demi-god), Doug Keyser of Watchtower, Ray Riendeau of Rob Halford; on drums - Jeff Eber of Dysrhythmia, David Penna of Sys-X.

Wow. Ron Jarzombek sure knows how to make friends in the right places (the guy has also played with Hate Eternal drummer Derek Roddy, Behold... the Arctopus drummer Charlie Zeleny, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler, and others)... not to mention the base lineup of brother and percussion wizard Bobby Jarzombek on drums and Riot's Pete Perez on bass. With musicians like these at your disposal, it's possible to create just about anything imaginable. Ron, being the prolific madman that he is, has chosen to create a whacked out novelty trip through the world of instrumental absurdity.

Ridiculous things start happening from the very start, as "Aquanet" comes in with the horribly familiar staticy beeps and bloops of a dial-up modem connecting to an ISP. Only, that isn't some kind of sample you're hearing, it's Ron actually recreating the sounds of a dial-up modem with his guitars. I'm afraid I will never know how he accomplished this. Bizarre. The song then breaks into the kind of non-stop guitar abstractions that you will be subjected to throughout the remainder of the album. Everything is a lead, though occasionally a Watchtower-esque thrash riff will pop its head into the fray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chaotic Realization of Nothing Yet Misunderstood February 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ink Compatible is the second Spastic Ink release and it differs from the debut in some significant aspects. First of all, unlike the first disc, this one is not all instrumental. Watchtower singer Jason McCaster sings on five tracks and Pain of Salvation vocalist Daniel Gildenlow also appears on one song as a guest. In addition, besides the core members, there are several other guest contributors to this disc. They range from Jens Johansson on keys to Sean Malone and Michael Manring on bass to Jeff Eber and David Penna on drums, and to Marty Friedman on guitars, just to name a few.

The music being written entirely by Ron Jarzombek and with Jason McMaster lending his vocals to more than half of the songs, it is quite safe to say that some of the heaviness of Watchtower is carried over to this album. Ron's second solo album, Solitarily Speaking of Theoretical Confinement, also seems to have had an impact on this release. McMaster's vocals may take a little time to adjust to if you expect to hear the vocal stylings of bands like Zero Hour and Spiral Architect. I've never been a great fan of McMaster's voice, but it gets better every time I listen to it and he does a fairly good job overall. The first track, "Aquanet", exemplifies his tough delivery but it gradually becomes euphonious in the following songs. Speaking of "Aquanet", this is a very interesting piece as it begins with the sound of a modem connecting, and this is not some kind of sample or anything, but actually played by Ron on guitars. Jens Johansson plays a frenzied synth solo in the middle part before Ron goes back to his whacky guitar shredding.

"Words for Nerds" reveals the main theme of Ink Compatible. Throughout the album, Ron explores humanity's interaction with computers and technology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Metal Bliss July 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This progressive music is quiet possible the most complicated and moving pieces of music ever to come out of this genre of music. This CD encapsulates what every prog band has always wanted to be ? even puts some of Dream Theaters most complicated music to shame. And just so you know, that was not an east statement to write.

Anyone who enjoys complicated and/or heavy music MUST have this CD. Do whatever you can to buy this CD, it has changed the way I look at prog music and has become my new reference to what all other prog bands should produce. I've just never heard such flow, such synchronization, and great balance of imagination and character in one band. DT, Rush, and Yes must be proud to have paved the way to such awesome music like this.
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