RE: virtuosismo a go-go
Posted by: John Q ()
Date: April 24, 2000 11:31AM

Alfredo, pretty much the most technical thing out there right now is a band called SPASTIC INK. Not everything on their album, 'Ink Complete', is super technical, but the technical stuff is absolutely mindblowing. The band features (former) members of WatchTower, Riot, and Rob Halford.

In the same breath I have you mention WATCHTOWER who were the trailblazers of technical metal. They released 2 albums, 'Energetic Dissassembly' ('85) and 'Control & Resistance' ('89). The former features guitarist Billy White (later joined Don Dokken on 'Up from the Ashes') and vocalist Jason McMaster who left to join Dangerous Toys. C&R features Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink, Gordian Knot) on guitar and Alan Tecchio (Hades) on vocals. Both records suffer from mediocre production, but the music is absolutely incredible and a must for any fan of technical metal.

Another amazing technical band are MESHUGGAH from Sweden who combine the heaviness and brutality of Pantera with the technical aspect of WatchTower. Their last 2 albums, 'Destroy Erase Improve' and 'Chaospshere', are beyond anything that's ever been recorded. Their guitarist also has an even more technical semi-instrumental side project under the name Frederik Thordendal & Special Defects. Their album 'Sol Niger Within' is out via Nuclear Blast and/or Relapse.

Also, if you like Cynic, you should check out Sean Malone & Sean Reinert's latest project, GORDIAN KNOT. Very atmospheric, semi-tech metal; guests incl. Ron Jarzombek (WatchTower, S. Ink), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), and John Myung (D. Theater). The album is out on the Sensory label.

Finally, if you want to find out about the roots of technical metal - check out the originators from the 70's - the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, KING CRIMSON, and UK whose guitarist Allan Holdsworth went on to record a number of great solo albums (I.O.U. for starters) and has been a huge influence on the guitar players in WatchTower, Cynic, and Meshuggah as well as many others.

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virtuosismo a go-go 702 alfredo 04/24/2000 02:10AM
Technical CD?? 477 Susumu 04/24/2000 08:36AM
RE: virtuosismo a go-go 476Francesco04/24/2000 08:44AM
RE: virtuosismo a go-go420John Q04/24/2000 11:31AM
RE: virtuosismo a go-go 405 Rather Large Canine 04/25/2000 02:36AM

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