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Painters Palette Import

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1. The Passage (Pearl Grey)
2. The Unpoetic Circle (Bottle Green)
3. Labyrinthine (Crimson)
4. Praha (Ancient Gold)
5. The Picture (Bordeaux)
6. Ruins (Deep Blue and Violet)
7. Ironical Communion (Amber)
8. My Glassy Shelter (Dirty White)
9. The Other's Touch (Amaranth)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Earache UK
  • ASIN: B0000942KD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,465,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on June 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Usually when a band is this eclectic, it means one of two things: the music is an embarrassing, pretentious hodgepodge or it's at least a little bit wacky a la Mr. Bungle. Ephel Duath is neither, though. Extraordinarily eclectic, yes, but ingenious and focused as well. There is a sense of gravity keeping the disparate elements of _The Painter's Palette_ well grounded -- therein lies the ultimate success of this astonishing album.
I haven't heard Ephel Duath's first album _Phormula_ (or the reissue of that album, _Rephormula_), but I've heard it described as a sort of atmospheric electro-black metal. _The Painter's Palette_ is very, very different. Sounds like the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Faith No More spiritually connected by a Satanic ritual -- the music is a seamless blend of vicious, kamikaze metal runs -- meticulous, chops-intensive jazz fusion -- some periodic weird atmospheres a la GY!BE -- catchy vocal hooks, screamed or otherwise. The lineup consists of guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet, with the occasional synth and "electro-noise." Vocals are about evenly split between harsh screams and subdued melodic singing (somewhere someone mentioned that the vox are reminiscent of John Wetton, and I agree with that). The relentless, high-velocity songs are characterized by supercharged jazzy drumming, fluid fusion-esque guitar solos, unusual tunings and chords, resonant mire guitar sound, phat funky bass licks, and fierce vocals (except on the instrumental "Praha"). This is all delivered with compositional skill and aggressive charm. Songs are rife with crazy, genre-hopping shifts but they make it seem completely natural with a real talent for arrangement. Start to finish, this is a very enjoyable albums full of surprises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Adam Chupka on November 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If Miles Davis recorded a metal album, would it sound like this?

True, a bad question since there is absolutely no way to answer it, but I'd still throw in all my chips for yes if I had to make a choice.

Presenting a ceaseless progression of jazz only, metal only, and jazz metal fusion moments, Ephel Duath makes a case for the most technically complex and weird metal album of all time.

The songs are as eclectic and limitless as the oddest Primus recordings, and unlike many jazz influenced metal albums, Painter's Palette showcases purely jazz moments almost as often as it does the jazz metal fusion sections. The ability for the band to pull this off seemlessly provides evidence for what blows my mind the most about this album: its intent.

Despite the nearly constant morphing, Painter's Palette never comes off as self-absorbed or gaudy. Instead the aggressively rapid bipolar mood seems the perfect manifestation of what this band set out to do. Listening carefully, one can tell the drums have a lot to do with this. Maintaining a steady position within the jazz style, the drums leave the guitar, bass, and vocals to do most of the experimenting. Overall, I consider this to be a great asset as the drums provide a solid foundation which gives the album enough focus and consistency to prevent the entire project from seeming too spastic and disjointed.

Even within the context of jazz, though, Ephel Duath is not content abiding by the rules. Uncharaceristic of technically progressive jazz and metal, Painter's Palette contains many instances of melody, and variations from the core elements, including futuristic electronica flourishes and recurring saxophone jamming which most often adds an element of confident coolness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris 'raging bill' Burton on April 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It seems that plenty of metal fans are willing to make connections between their favourite metal band and jazz music. True, some metal bands have jazz trained musicians in them (Martyr or Dillinger Escape Plan for example) but Ephel Duath are the only metal band I've heard who embrace jazz to a great extent. And they do it well. Very well, in fact. Rather than chopping and changing between metal and jazz like so many metal bands seem to do when attempting to mix genres, Ephel Duath meld the two together with great success, creating a seamless sound. You know when an experiment works when the music sounds like it shouldn't (couldn't?) be any other way.

The guitars are surprisingly melodic despite being sent through a sea of distortion, while the percussion is full on jazz. The drummer has both the technical skill and the subtlety of a jazz drummer, demonstrating his jazz training without shoving it in your face (something that a lot of technically accomplished rock drummers fail to do). The bass seems to ape funk more than jazz, but I don't really know what I'm talking about so I'll leave it at that. The trumpet sounds like Miles Davis rose from the grave and the vocals, which alternate between dreamy clean vocals and harsh screams (from two different vocalists), match the music perfectly. Everything is a step up from their standard black metal roots. In fact, from what I've heard of the first album, they're practically a different band.

Although Ephel Duath are clearly a metal band (and consequently will appeal to metalheads far more than jazz fans), anyone who can appreciate both genres should get a lot out of this diverse and original album.
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