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Holy.....!? Well, I don't really know how to start this one. This band and album would probably not appeal to about 98% of the music-buying public out there, but it is simply incredible. If the band's name and album title weren't enough to give you the impression that these guys simply aren't interested in commercial success or pop appeal, wait until you get a load of the music. Whew! I am exhausted just thinking about it. Behold the Arctopus play an unbelievably intense brand of experimental/progressive/metal/post-rock/ambient/funk/techno/trance/fusion/whatever that will instantly appeal to any musician by sheer force of it's ballsy, I-can-play-better-than-anyone-youv'e-ever-seen brashness. Insanely convoluted, technical, original, and just plain weird, this album is worth checking out, especially for anyone who likes displays of virtuoso musicianship. Plus, the new Metal Blade reissue version contains live versions as well, proving that they can pull this stuff off live. Progressive jazz-metal on Ritalin. Since these guys are now apparently signed to a relatively big label which releases a lot of super heavy music, it should be interesting to see what they do next. These guys can play.
This touch guitar stuff is crazy, its got me very interested in finding out more about the instrument, as I have never heard of them before. And another amazing thing about this band is that it is a three piece. I could swear that they have 2 guitarists and a bass going sometimes. The only thing I have against them is that the guitarist is prone to go into wild shred-fests every now and then, which can get on my nerves sometimes.
But everything else about this EP is top-notch stuff. It might not be very long, but when you listen to it, every second feels like three because of the insane complexity of it all. But also not to be overshadowed are the beautiful mellow passages like in Sensory Amusia...Man its so relaxing and peacefull, you could listen to that in a cafe...although 60 seconds down the line you might listen to it at a destruction durby, or at a construction site.
The arctopus has also recently signed to Metal Blade records,(Home of Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia murder, etc)
So If you enjoyed this Ep like I did, Im sure that even better material will be coming from the Arctopus in the very near future. Keep Your eyes on these guys.
The centerpiece of this show is the Warr Guitar, a 12-string monster of an instrument that covers the range of both bass and guitar and is primarily played by tapping. Colin Marston, also of Dysrhythmia, handles this thing in commendable fashion (especially considering that the thing is almost bigger than he is). However, the real wonder surrounding this is not the fact that this instrument is rather atypical for metal, but the manner in which it is played. The fret runs that are performed on this thing compounded with the sheer frenetic speed of the music and the possible range of tones make the performances simply stunning.Read more ›
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I'm writing this review after having just heard this album (multiple times) for the first time this week. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Stephen
Are you kidding me??? This is music is SO far ahead of its time. Take Canvas Solaris and Dysrythmia, throw in DragonForce with a dash of King Crimson and KTU and yes Hendrix too... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by the drummer
BTA's music is something you either love or hate. I found it addictive but I fully understand there are people who don't care for it. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by T-mo
Every once in a while there's a band, that usually starts off as a side project, that does what they do so well that the side project then becomes the main focus. Behold.... Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by Plastic Eggs
With all of the tempo changes and everything else that is going on in this music i found that this cd has its very own grace that can be very calming in a strange way. Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by Thomas E. Chappell
there isnt much you can say about this cd other than that it's an amazing piece of music, just like all their others. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by snakebite729
Progressive mind blowing insanity. A must have for fans of Dysrhythmia, Colon Marston never fails to amaze.Published on March 8, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I haven't been this blown away by a new release in years! Both the chops and compsition on this disc are way over the top. Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by Blank Frank
This is my first experience with the Arctopus, and I'm sure it won't be my last. Behold...THE ARCTOPUS have a great combination of technical metal/jazz metal going on; Sometimes it... Read morePublished on August 23, 2006 by Igar The Terrible