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Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning

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This instrumental trio of guitar, drums, and touch guitar combine the furious virtuosity of tech metal, the improvised soloing of jazz, and certain writing techniques of contemporary classical music to give their insanity a compositional cohesion rarely heard in rock music. Despite their technical nature, their sound is accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. Limited to 800 copies.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning
  2. Exospacial Psionic Aura
  3. Estrogen/Pathogen Exchange Program
  4. Sensory Amusia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Troubleman Unlimited
  • ASIN: B0007M229S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joel Israel on September 21, 2006
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(Instrumental Proficiency 6 stars)

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.
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If Frank Zappa and King Crimson birthed a schizophrenic, demonoid love child it would resemble this band. Its dark and chaotic, but unique and grotesquely beautiful. An oxymoron, yes. Does it describe the music aptly, possibly. This cd is noisy but exact. Its a compilation of their two previous cds, which only consisted of 3 or 4 songs each, plus a live set. Yes they can reproduce these songs live, they are not just studio productions. Quite an accomplishment for the old school power trio. It helps having an astonishing bass player, who technically plays a Warr Guitar. For those that don't know, a Warr giutar is a seven to fifteen stringed guitar/bass like instrument with the range of both a guitar and bass that is usually played by touch or tapping the frettboard using both hands but can be played other traditional ways as well. Thus giving this band a unique sound. The drummer is insane and flows through each tempo change naturally and the guitar player (standard guitar) plays counter-point to the warr guitar franticly, like a Larry Lalonde (Primus) on meth. I can't wait for a full length cd of original material from these guys. Until then buy and enjoy this cd. Keep an open mind. This is hardly for the average music fan.
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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 will rend and flay your head and upper torso into a steaming pile of fleshy tissue, and at others it will sound like very laid back, melodic type of Jazz/Jazz metal. They Kinda remind me of "Cynic", That is If Cynic lost the keyboards and robo voices, and shot themselves up with steroids and Caffine.

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.
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True to the album title, what you essentially have here is three superhero musical cyborgs who have been summoned from some future technological utopia with the sole mission of completely redefining the present world's perception of what technical metal is, along with the stale boundaries that constrict the genre itself. They manage to do this throughout the course of an album that is approximately 17 minutes long, though the pacing and density of the music found within is such that albums four times as long may seem empty in comparison. In fact, the music on Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning is so dense and frenzied that even the guys who created it were initially unable to play it - that's right, the songs here were conceived on a computer and had to be extensively practiced by the band before they were able to recreate the madness live. Some may scoff at this, but hey - if the tools are available to you, why not use them? As far as I'm concerned, the end result more than justifies the means in every way imaginable.

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.
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