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#1 dalbert

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:25 AM

Ever heard a crazy technical metal band and liked the music but couldn't stand the vocals? Something about a guy dry heaving into a microphone and calling it singing not appeal to you? Well, if you're into metal without the annoying vocals, Behold...The Arctopus may be for you. They play unnecessarily technical metal. They have one guitarist, a drummer, and a Warr Guitarist. A warr guitar, for those unaware, have up to 15 strings spanning both bass and guitar strings. they look like this
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So here's their myspace. I'd say check out all the songs BUT "you are number six" which I never really liked that much. Canada and Scepters is where its at, and i don't even know what 'it' is.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 09:40 AM

I could have seen them a month or so back, they played with one of my favorite local bands that broke up but reunited for like 1 show called Devil May Care at some house show. I heard it was pretty sick. Supposedly bands like BTBAM looks to these guys for influence.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 10:51 AM

Wall of sound.

Love it.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:37 AM

I wanted so bad to see them, they come here in August, but the show's 21+. Sweet band though.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:33 PM

View PostDan The Man, on Jul 1 2008, 09:40 AM, said:

Supposedly bands like BTBAM looks to these guys for influence.

BTBAM played a show with them, but I missed it.

This band is sick though, very legit.

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View Postcasey crescenzo, on Jul 3 2008, 05:58 AM, said:

It would do people good to start using their mouths to speak again.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 05:01 PM

That tour got canceled when it came to Jersey.

It would have been awesome to see live though.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:06 PM

Yeah I was really excited to go see them open for Dillinger Escape Plan but then the tour got cancelled. Huge letdown after purchasing Skullgrid (the BTA album) earlier that week and being obsessed with the 30something minutes of music.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:18 AM

I saw them with BTBAM back in May.
They may be really talented musicians,
but there set was nothing but noise and it lasted forever.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:25 AM

the liquid tension experiment is also a good example of progressive metal without the vocals... as much as i love dream theater, sometimes james labrie just get to your nerves with his vocals...
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:27 AM

i like indricothere (colin marston's solo shit) the most.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:53 AM

They don't do it for me. I hear somewhat high-tier technical ability being overloaded for the sake of overloading into "songs." Now I LOVE a good shred band, but I have a hard time finding music in this. I can't call it much more than masturbatory wankfest music. Good players, bad musicians.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 05:18 AM

do they call it technical playing because only robots can understand it?
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 01:23 PM

View Postsatyphan, on Aug 10 2008, 01:25 AM, said:

the liquid tension experiment is also a good example of progressive metal without the vocals... as much as i love dream theater, sometimes james labrie just get to your nerves with his vocals...

I agree wholeheartedly.
I only own LTE 2 but everything on that album is a masterpiece which is way more than I can say for Dream Theater (except for the older albums).

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 01:24 PM

I always thought that called that thing a chapman stick...

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:01 PM

View PostNick, on Aug 10 2008, 01:24 PM, said:

I always thought that called that thing a chapman stick...

it's a little bit different, it looks like this (pictured is emmet chapman with one)

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And B...TA is not for everyone AT ALL, but personally I find repeat listens to it rewarding and enjoy dissecting what seems like a mess of taps and drum hits.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 12:24 PM

yeah, i have to agree with a lot of you guys, they are great players but not so much great musicians.

i didnt really dig it, but im checkin out their album and giving it a real listen...more to come when i get a chance to listen to it in full.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 10:26 PM

View PostPeterichardson, on Sep 29 2008, 01:24 PM, said:

yeah, i have to agree with a lot of you guys, they are great players but not so much great musicians.

i didnt really dig it, but im checkin out their album and giving it a real listen...more to come when i get a chance to listen to it in full.

Yeah, while I do love these guys I can admit the songwriting isn't really the focus of the songs. My problem was I got into technical metal too early and this was one of the first bands that really took me by surprise in a long while (for that genre).

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:46 PM

There are far better tech (death) metal bands I'll admit.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 03:36 PM

update...lol

recently i've been getting way more into them because their seriously ridiculous. in a good way.

it'd be cool if they did more songs like Some Mist. its got a softer side but they put their technical spin on it. My favorite track of all is Transient Exuberance for sure! So epic!

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 03:53 PM

Canada is the best. You're wrong.




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