Monolithic Destractions 3. Horrorsentience 4. Deluge of Sores 5. Putrefucktion 6. Submit Account Cart 0. Perhaps the album's only saving grace is the closer Annihilvore, in which the last four minutes sound like a leftover track from Marston's black metal project, Krallice.
Instead of the inanity of the preceding tracks, it focuses on highly textural sustained tremolo riffs which swell into a glorious climax of blastbeats and abrasive chords. Apart from that, the quasi-title track Horrorsentience has a mysterious little atmospheric section that serves as a welcome break before resuming the status quo and going nowhere again.
It's almost like Lerner and Marston composed Horrorscension with cheeky grins on their faces, hoping to be as irritating and unmemorable as they possibly can. If that was their intention, then kudos to them for pulling it off with aplomb.
Think of the perfect tech metal dream band; a shining example of everything good and great about the style. Now, take that band, and remove everything that would make them even remotely appealing to the general public, and you might get a sense of what Behold the Arctopus sound like.
Like some nightmarish labyrinth, most of the chaotic ideas here lead absolutely nowhere, and a noxious atmosphere of calculated disorder saturates every minute of the album.
The music here generally flows in a rhapsodic form, furious tech metal ideas are barraged at the listener, pummeling away for a few seconds before Behold the Arctopus move on to the next idea in line.
Although the fanatic precision and cooperation between the guitars and drums implies that each of these ideas were meticulously designed, the composition and structure seem to do everything in their limited power to convince the listener that the music is a random mess.
Although there are a few ideas that initially suggest the track will develop into something cohesive and memorable, it never really goes anywhere. Of course, with this and any relatively challenging album, it takes several listens before all of its layers are truly revealed. Around the third or fourth spin, the patchy string of ideas becomes easier to overlook, and the atmosphere becomes more evident.
This was said of Arnold Schoenberg's music. He was a revolutionary composer who threw out the use of 7-tone, key-centered music, and implemented a tone system absolutely unlike anything before.
He believed music needed to move into new territory or it would die, even if the music being made was not pleasant or necessarily listenable. I've always held the belief that no one sits down and actually enjoys his music - he himself said it's not enjoyable - I listen to his music, and think, hey - that's really interesting.
I view this band in the same light. It's not pleasant, it's not enjoyable, it's not good in any conventional sense. I can only hope it'll throw something interesting at me, as a composer and music nerd. Stylistically this band is impossible to detail, the chaos of the music defies categorization.
There are jazz and funk chord shapes, there are brief periods of what could be black metal, horror movie soundtrack, indie rock - with lots of abstract, no-reason-whatsoever slides, trills and harmonics; and the drums play no semblance of what would be considered a beat, but there is some free form, acid jazz elements to the drumming, and a heavy, heavy swing to some drum parts that if you didn't know any better, would just sound off time.
The tempo is very ambiguous and ever-changing, and as stated previously about this band - and this is literal truth, no guitar or drum part is played for longer than 5 seconds, or repeated. It's chaos. Viewing this through the lens of "interesting lab work", which would earn it a hugely reduced score anyway - it's still not any good. Kelly Rankin. Patrick Duffy. Lee Daniel Gauthier. Carl King. Daniel Garcia.
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