Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: FEATURED CD : unexpecT : In a Flesh Aquarium

  1. #1
    Moderator Duncan Glenday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Frederick, MD
    Posts
    1,181

    FEATURED CD : unexpecT : In a Flesh Aquarium

    Approach if you're feeling brave:





    Some seriously wise dud on Sea Of Tranquility once said:

    Holy Moly, Mother Mary, this record is out there!

    This is where Mamga meets Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, it is where Squonk Opera meets Children Of Bodom, it is where Broadway meets dark metal. Here, performance art intersects with dark goth music, and modern avant garde opera (yes, the classical kind) enthusiastically breeds with modern Scandawegian metal

    Expect this release to feature prominently in many album-of-the-year lists ... and also to be in many lists of the worst records - because for most people, In A Flesh Aquarium will be a love-it-or-hate-it affair, with no room for ambivalence. This is avant garde metal that is more Prog (capital P deliberate) than any metal acts you're likely to hear for a long time - this is progressive in every sense of the word.

    Many people will never 'get' In A Flesh Aquarium, many more will learn to appreciate it after many listens, and for a few demented reviewers it will take just one track to fall head-over-heels for its eclectic mix of classical and brain-melting discord, its very operatic, psychotic ingenuity, its unique eccentricity, its wonderfully innovative attack on anything that dares call itself metal.

    It's even a stretch to call it metal, although we'll use that label only because of the limited amount of controlled death-metal growling, and a rhythm section that revolves around double-bass and heavy power chords and a 9 (yes, that's a 'nine') string bass guitar. But you could just as easily call it heavy RIO or post-modern opera. This is as operatic and avant garde prog as it is metal. We'll have to invent a new genre for this stuff - perhaps thinking man's metal, or Metal In Opposition - MIO - metal's equivalent of prog's Rock In Opposition genre.

    At first blush the instrumentation sounds chaotic and uncontrolled, but it's actually as tight as a drum, very technical, an exercise in modern composition. Besides the metal lineup there are piano, clarinet, cello and sax and lines, there are occasional electronic and choral female vocal effects, and dissonant violins thread their way through the mix in a discordant satire of anything approaching old fashioned melody. The female vocals are an important component of the music, and provide a stark contrast to the wild demonic growls.

    If there's a criticism, it's that after an hour the over-the-top theatrics seem to go on a bit, and a few more approachable moments would provide a welcome breathing space.

    Based in Toronto, Canada, the band's name is unexpecT (note the odd capitalization) and they take whacky stage names in the same way as the Norwegian black metal acts do. So the lineup is Syriak, ChaotH, ExoD, Le Bateleur, Artagoth, Ležlindel, Landryx (again, note the odd capitalization.) And the track titles are off the wall too - with song names like "Feasting Fools", "Silence_011010701", "Megalomaniac Trees" and "Another Dissonant Chord". So they're apparently marketing themselves to an audience that will be impressed by that sort of thing. The more grown-up prog and metal listeners will ignore the theatrics and focus on the otherworldly music itself, the pure classical discipline, the tension and the drama, and with tense anticipation, we will watch the challenges that unexpecT has presented to the metal world.

    So The End records has found another genre-defying band. It's always a pleasure to watch that label - they have a knack for discovering glittering gems like this one.

    Get this CD - and file it next to Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in your collection.
    http://www.seaoftranquility.org/imag...pect_flesh.jpg




    Last edited by Duncan Glenday; 12-17-2012 at 04:51 PM.
    Regards,

    Duncan

  2. #2
    Member zravkapt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    canada
    Posts
    280
    Great album. I don't think their latest one quite matched it.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    1,023
    Great album, great band. They are amazing live, and anyone missing Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and needing a fix, might really like them.

    neil

  4. #4
    Member Oreb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Brisbane, Australia
    Posts
    80
    Sporadically brilliant, but way too long IMO. Some careful editing would have made this much more powerful; the sprawl dilutes the effect.

    Does it matter that this waste of time is what makes a life for you?

  5. #5
    Member zravkapt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    canada
    Posts
    280
    I just noticed in the OP review it states that they are based in Toronto. AFAIK they are from Montreal.

  6. #6
    Moderator Duncan Glenday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Frederick, MD
    Posts
    1,181
    Quote Originally Posted by zravkapt View Post
    I just noticed in the OP review it states that they are based in Toronto. AFAIK they are from Montreal.
    That damned OP

    BTW - the OP also interviewed them, and yes, they're from Montreal.

    http://www.seaoftranquility.org/article.php?sid=708
    Regards,

    Duncan

  7. #7
    I'm here for the moosic NogbadTheBad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    7,204
    Sounds pretty interesting, I'll check it out.
    Ian

    Gordon Haskell - "You've got to keep the groove in your head and play a load of bollocks instead"
    I blame Wynton, what was the question?
    There are only 10 types of people in the World, those who understand binary and those that don't.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    San Diego, California
    Posts
    19

    I got this one and me likey

  9. #9
    Member aplodon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Stavanger, Norway
    Posts
    30
    Got this, too. And likey, too.

    It's great, actually. By far the best metal I've ever heard (if you can call it that). Very heavy, anyway.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    800kpc from home
    Posts
    196
    The review pretty much hit the nail on the head. Intense, unpredictable, intricate, most importantly(IMHO) composed. No jamming going on, no guitar finger exercises streched out and glued together. Orchestrations in the finest sense, almost operatic. Yeah, that sounds funny, but it's not. They kill. I checked out a live tune on Youtube, and they kill live too. Good enough for Nearfest if it was still running. The vocals ? They work. They're in layers. It's metal. I got over it. (but I'm a real A.H. when it comes to vocals. I might like 3 vocalists in the whole world.) If this band stays together, they could go places. I vote 3X

  11. #11
    Member Luis Nasser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    0
    An unbelievable album. Not for the usual prog weenie, but absolutely essential in my book.

  12. #12
    Member Zalmoxe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    384
    Great album - I wilder take on Diablo Swing Orchestra!!!

  13. #13
    Excelent album. Weird. The performances could be tighter though. It is not faultless and with this many players going crazy at the same time it should be tighter. (IMHO ) But I still spin this every few months.

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    1,023
    Neil, if you haven't seen them live, it is a sight to behold when they all freak out onstage at the same time! If you don't have their latest Fables of the Sleepless Empire, pick it up, for sure.

    neil

  15. #15
    I'm here for the moosic NogbadTheBad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    7,204
    Played this today for the fifth time since I bought it and it's starting to open itself up to me.
    Ian

    Gordon Haskell - "You've got to keep the groove in your head and play a load of bollocks instead"
    I blame Wynton, what was the question?
    There are only 10 types of people in the World, those who understand binary and those that don't.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •