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Demonstrations In Chaos Original recording reissued

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Meltdown
  2. Asylum
  3. Argonne Forest
  4. Social Fears
  5. Tyrants In Distress
  6. Energetic Disassembly
  7. Cimmerian Shadows
  8. The Eldritch
  9. Instruments of Random Murder
  10. Hidden Instincts
  11. The Fall of Reason
  12. Control and Resistance
  13. Cathode Ray Window [#]
  14. Ballad Assassin [#]
  15. Meltdown


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rockadrome
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B000M4RUVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
For those that have never listened to Watchtower, they sound like a rawer version of Rush boosted with Tabasco sauce. Jazzy, technically bold and aggressive as hell, they influenced the entire metal community in the 80's in spite of their short existence... and this CD showcases what Watchtower was.
Their "Energetic Disassembly" release is completely contained here -- although I must say that I do prefer Allan Techio's voice to Jason Mc Master's, who is the vocalist (the "yellist"! :-)) in these previously unreleased "demonstrations". The rawer production makes me feel a sensation of innovation, as if you were listening to something new in its pure inception -- which is true, men!
If you're into progressive metal, you'll certainly enjoy this album. Watchtower challenged the metal world with intricate song structures, more contemporary harmonies and rhythmical insanity. They settled the basis of what today is known as "progressive metal". Even, "technical thrash metal" bands took from them many nowadays-commonly-used ideas. Yet crude, full of heaviness and attitude, Watchtower's style is for me the essence of progressiveness. I like how their compositions are amazingly short, musically intelligent, concise, smart, original, explosive and lyrically excellent.
To conclude: these guys are in the very root of today's progressive metal. They deserve their place in the history of the genre, and this album is a good homage that they did to themselves. Highly recommended! More than five stars! Go for it, NOW! :-)
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I must admit that I really wanted to give this disc 4.5 stars. These demo versions of early Tower songs, especially the Energetic Disassembly stuff, is killer; often sounding much better than the original album. However, I feel like they almost ruined this perfectly awesome collection of unreleased material by pushing it too far. The last few tracks are completely ridiculous. What you don't find out until you pop the disc into your player is that the last few songs were recorded on a 'jam box' in a motel room while the band was on tour. You really can't get a solid idea of what's going on musically. It's unlistenable.
Aside from this one complaint, this is still a really great collection of demos; totally worth purchasing, especially for hard-core fans.
New SPASTIC INK!!! For you guys (and gals?) who have kept up with Ron Jarzombek, he has just released the new Spastic Ink C.D., "Ink Compatible". Featuring guest performances by original Tower vocalist Jason McMaster, as well as Jen Johanson (sp?), Marty Friedman and others. 3 years in the making- It was well worth the wait. Check out his website: spasticink.com
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This is a collection of Watchtower's earliest recordings with original vocalist, Jason McCaster. With their 1986 debut, Energetic Disassembly, Watchtower ushered in a new era of metal. Wielding chaotic time changes with one of the most accomplished rhythm sections in metal, they mixed the aggressive nature of thrash and laced it with mind-numbing technicality. They released a second album in '89, entitled Control And Reistance, which held back a little more than the debut, thought it was still great. Hopefully, the long-awaited third album, Mathematics, will be completed soon.
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Watchtower is kinda like an 80's metal version of Dillinger Escape Plan. It's some pretty wild stuff. This CD is a great collection of rarities spanning most of their career. It's a shame these guys didn't get more recognition, because they are absolutely incredible musicians and songwriters. If you like crazy, "technical metal" type stuff, you'll love this. Way ahead of it's time.
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This is some of the most extreme metal ever produced, and it was recorded almost 20 years ago!!!Aside from the really high vocals and poor recording quality, this album is flawless. This is skill and musicianship perfected. Watchtower are one of those bands that few saw or heard, but those that did were inspired to form bands and push metal to the next level. Though right alongside Slayer, Anthrax, Armored Saint, and the others in the underground metal movement of the early `80s. The songs are Songwriting-Arrangement 101 nightmares, with so much going on it's hard to keep up, yet the band never loses a beat and it all works in the end. These guys play extremely fast but hop, skip and leap around the beat like gully frogs on biker crank, incorporating jazz rhythms and Zappa-like time changes. The riffs just fly by like lightening and the vocals are so high-pitched and out of control. This album is just plain breathtaking! must have for fans of any musical genre and for people who have musical taste.
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