Electro Quarterstaff
Gretzky


4.0
excellent

Review

by GiantBoxman USER (1 Reviews)
July 9th, 2007 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy, Fast, Harmonic, Technical and Completely Instrumental. Holy Crap!!! its good

'Woah', my first thoughts as the opening riffs rip from my speakers, destroying my ear drums in head banging desolation. This is heavy, fast and is always ready to attack. I was tempted to this release by my background interest in post-rock/metal and other instrumental pieces as well as staying true to my affection for highly technical mix of melodic death and technical trash. Although, I had expected a more Pelican-esque record, ie atmospheric sludge, as the only label I had seen slapped on this band was instrumental metal. Yet what I expected and what I received were fields apart. This is not to say that’s a bad thing, matter of fact this album is fantastic. Those who are fans of technical death bands such as Arsis will love this 3-guitar assault into instrumental metal. No bass is required in this outfit and it’s hardly noticeable anyway, besides they don't need one, the extra guitar adds all the harmonies in the right places.

The first track Neckwrecker is just that. The riffs are heavy, deep and invite one to indulge in some neck wrecking (head banging) if they wish too. It serves as a great intro to the 57 minute long destruction that awaits the listener. Charmony too is a great track, the soloing guitars are viscous, destructive, beautiful and they seem effortless. The Right to Arm Bears is another favourite, but Eye Patch Romance really takes the proverbial cake on this record. The lead guitar echoes nicely and when the 2nd and 3rd join in, the harmony the 3 guitars create is unsurpassable. Beautiful music, played brilliantly.

This is a full-on assault album, tech-death, with glimpse of prog and completely instrumental, the only band I can acknowledge that truly does this kind of music. On the plus side, it’s heavy, riff-filled and neck wreckingly apocalyptic. However it leans greatly towards being repetitive and you can be forgiven for thinking "Hey, I think I already heard that riff' but that’s only a small complaint and I dug deep to find it. Those who love a bit of tech death metal but can’t stand the vocals will be welcome with open arms. However I can in-vision others who would say the band can benefit from a vocalist, personally I don’t see the need. I was drawn to this band from a completely instrumental view-point, I had never heard this kind of music done before and the resulting sonic demolition was a refreshing change. It’s a hard album to find, but rewarding for those who do. Check it out.


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Hatman
July 10th 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad review Jazz. I give it one and a half thumbs up!



I also agree with you, these guys play some top metal.

Anyone who likes death, thrash or any other type of metal should really give it a listen.

TeamExcelcior
November 5th 2008


246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are so sweet I need to purchase this album immediately.

TeamExcelcior
November 15th 2008


246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this album. "Charmony" is so good, it's probably one of my new favorite songs. And it makes me think of charmander. W00t.

Thor
November 28th 2008


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fucking shit Charmony is so elite

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poopty
November 28th 2008


319 Comments


^^overrated user

Thor
November 28th 2008


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol ok how am i overrated

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2008


47671 Comments


I'm going to assume they named the album after the gret legend Wayne which will inspire me with no hesitation to check out.

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MutnikSpusic
February 8th 2010


560 Comments


swüüt

singthewordhope
June 6th 2011


106 Comments


This is a pretty cool album, well composed.

JokineAugustus
November 26th 2014


8576 Comments


More Winnipeg guys I should check out!



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