Psychotic Waltz
Mosquito


3.5
great

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
June 18th, 2008 | 25 replies | 25,727 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More psychedelia-influenced than their previous albums with a much much more simple and concise writing style. Slightly inconsistent, but overall a very strong release.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After creating 2 masterpieces of complex and technical progressive metal with ‘A Social Grace’ and ‘Into the Everflow’, many Psychotic Waltz fans were disappointed with their third release, ‘Mosquito’. Although Psychotic Waltz had always had psychedelic influences in their music, leading their unique style to be dubbed ‘hippie metal’ by some fans, it was only here that the progressive influences that overpowered their older work were almost completely abandoned and replaced with far a more noticeable psychedelic sound than before. If Syd Barrett had continued making music after leaving Pink Floyd and made a metal album, it would probably sound like this.

The intricate progressive epics had been replaced with a much simpler sound with traditional song structures, and obvious verse-chorus arrangements. However, despite the more accessible catchy ‘pop’ sound and accusations of Psychotic Waltz selling out, ‘Mosquito’ still sounds fantastic.

‘Mosquito’ is much more mellow than their older albums. Although there were calm sections in ‘Into the Everflow’, this whole album has a very laid back atmosphere - it’s metal that you can relax to. Synths are used a lot more than before and sometimes even a flute to enhance the calm atmosphere. Even the lyrics have been simplified, though they are still much weirder than most, with a psychedelia theme running throughout the album.

This sound is largely due to the strange production, which Scott Burns (who has worked with bands such as Death and Atheist) worked on. The production gives it a down-tempo, doomy sound. While this helps with the more mellow songs, it does hinder a few songs that should be much heavier, making them sound slightly too weak. Saying that, the album opens brilliantly with the title track, the liveliest track on the album with a great riff running throughout. This song really demonstrates the potential of the band’s new simpler sound, taking away the meandering atmospheric sections and concentrating instead on a more concise typical metal style.

The problem is that these more metal songs don’t completely fit with the rest of the album, making it sound slightly disjointed. Mostly it tries to create a relaxed feeling but the title track and ‘Dancing In The Ashes’ come in all of a sudden, sounding out of place when put next to the calmer songs. As only a few of the 11 tracks (including the very pointless hidden track) are like this it doesn’t get in the way too much, but it probably would have sounded a lot better if they had replaced these songs with other mellower tracks instead.

As always with Psychotic Waltz, the musicianship is superb. The band members are easily capable of handling the new simpler songs and managed to adapt to their new style well, writing some excellent and memorable melodies. The biggest weakness of the band this time is surprisingly, after listening to their first 2 albums, their singer, Buddy Lackey. On ‘Mosquito’ his singing is much more restrained and calm than before, not using much for his incredible vocal range. Sometimes his voice sounds drowned out because of the production and on the more metal sections especially his voice sometimes has a nasally tone to it.

While it doesn’t have the dark haunting atmosphere of ‘Into the Everflow’, or the amazing technical musicianship of ‘A Social Grace’, ‘Mosquito’, while slightly inconsistent and arguably their worst release does have a much more accessible sound that even non-metal fans might enjoy.



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Willie
Moderator
June 18th 2008



15774 Comments


If I could make one suggestion in your summarry, change: much simpler more concise writing style to much more simple and concise writing style. Other then that, great review and I'm glad to see someone reviewing these awesome albums.

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username345
June 18th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, that does look better. Thanks.

EStreetFan
June 18th 2008



89 Comments


Good review. I've never listened to Mosquito, but A Social Grace and Into the Everflow are ace albums.

Willie
Moderator
June 18th 2008



15774 Comments


I still like "Bleeding" the most. I have a 12" picture disc of that album with the cover artwork imprinted on the record itself.

username345
June 18th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Bleeding' is one of 3 albums (with Love's Forever Changes, and King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King) that I've almost completely killed my love for because of a ridiculous amount of overplaying =P

Willie
Moderator
June 18th 2008



15774 Comments


The band "Thought Industry" and their first two albums are like that for me. I'll listen to them non-stop for weeks and then have to just lay off for awhile so I don't get sick of it.

username345
June 18th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm going to review 'A Social Grace' tomorrow.

(Damn, I really should be revising for my law exam on friday =P )This Message Edited On 06.18.08

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is my favorite PW record.

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KILL
November 13th 2010



67079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not into this as much as the others atm still awesome though

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Jethro42
November 13th 2010



12030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dance on the eye of a mosquito
Dance on the eye of a mosquito
Dance on the eye of a mosquito

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2010



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this record is the ideal and - far more healthy - substitute for acid.

i can listen to it non-stop for weeks.


you're sucking the blood off my libido, mosquitooooo........

KILL
November 13th 2010



67079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea that song is pretty awesome

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2010



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the whole record is awesome.

KILL
November 13th 2010



67079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll get there one day

Jethro42
November 13th 2010



12030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this record is the ideal and - far more healthy - substitute for acid.

Nicely said.
you're sucking the blood of my libido, mosquitooooo........

haha That's funny, I just noticed these lyrics. English words don't always come to me automatically.

I feel cheap giving it a 3, since Mosquito, Lovestone Blind, Haze One and Dancing in the Ashes are all great songs. Bump up time.









Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2012



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jamming Haze 1, can't wait for the new one to arrive.

Jethro42
July 3rd 2012



12030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yes

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can't believe that this album cannot be found in its entirety in YouTube.

My most played PW album by far.

evilford
October 29th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty sweet

still, get more of a mainstream-y taste from this than their first two

still cool tho

CosmicPie
August 16th 2013



1058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goddamnthisisawesome



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