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Control and Resistance

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise International
  • ASIN: B00334UOXS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
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Originally released in 1989, Control and Resistance was the second album from Texas-based Watchtower, one of the true underground legends of the progressive metal genre. The four years between this album and the band's 1985 debut Energetic Disassembly had brought about some significant changes to the band. Original guitarist Billy White and vocalist Jason McMaster left the band, the latter to join Dangerous Toys. They were replaced by ex-SA Slayer guitarist Ron Jarzombek and Hades frontman Alan Tecchio, both of whom had a major impact on Watchtower's sound. The result is an album that changed the face of progressive metal and one that remains a huge influence on the genre to this day.

The term "math metal" may be associated with the djent scene these days, but it's all but impossible to hear Control and Resistance and not think of it as a series of complex equations rather than songs written by mere mortals. The progressive metal scene in America was still in its infancy, and while Queensryche, Fates Warning and Dream Theater were taking the sound in one direction, Watchtower seemed intent on developing the most complex and chaotic musicianship in metal. Drummer Rich Colaluca and bassist Doug Keyser had already demonstrated an unconventional, ever-shifting approach to rhythms, and that only intensified once Jarzombek was added to the fold. His guitar work is so blindingly technical and otherworldly that it almost seems like some labyrinthine series of computer code. And while Tecchio's high pitched scream can take some getting used to, it really is the perfect counterpoint to the intricate musicianship as well as the apocalyptic paranoia of these songs' lyrics.
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sort of a more Rush-like Cynic, having more quiet groove breaks, but on the same level of expertly detailed complexity. The vocals have more of a high pitched screaming thing going on, but are compensated by the musical insaneliness of the other band members, especially Ron Jarzombek on guitar. (You gotta check out this guys leads.) Excellent death metal/jazz fusion in the vein of Cynic, Atheist, and somewhat the new Death/Control Denied.
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Great CD. I was replacing a cassette that got messed up. So happy to find it and at a reasonable price.
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Got it, like it!!!
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