Blotted Science
The Animation of Entomology


4.5
superb

Review

by Voivod STAFF
October 16th, 2011 | 45 replies | 11,330 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blotted Science balance near-perfectly between “random” and “organized” musical instrument shredding.

The realm of insects has always been an intriguing site for observation, from the very first day that humans laid their eyes onto them. The complex social patterns of migration and communication which exist within the myriads of their distinctive species is currently a subject of intense scientific research for an extremely diverse spectrum of physical and social sciences, ranging from Anthropology to Biology to Mathematics/Optimization. In fact, mathematicians were deeply inspired by the way information is being propagated within the communities of insects such as ants or bees, so as to invent bio-inspired optimization algorithms that simulate these mechanisms of information propagation among insects, in order to solve increasingly complex real-world problems of engineering, financial or social interest.

Baring the aforementioned in mind, it is really not such a big surprise that Ron Jarzombek decided, with his turn, to draw inspiration from the motion of insects for the new Blotted Science EP, named after the explicative title The Animation of Entomology and decorated with the appropriately fitting cover artwork. The surprise is that, in The Animation of Entomology, Blotted Science manage to maintain a near-perfect balance between “random” musical instrument shredding (“A Sting Operation” song series) and “organized” song structures (first three songs), with the latter part being quite memorable after repeated listens. In that way, the band succeeds in pleasing their respective fan base who like both or just one of the two aforementioned song writing trends. The extreme metal influences (prog thrash/death in the vein of bands like Mekong Delta, Cynic, Death and Meshuggah) are manifested from both the insane rhythm section of Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Hannes Grossmann (Obscura) and the equally demented lead/rhythm guitar riffs and keyboards of Ron Jarzombek. Needless to say, the sound production is stellar, although the rhythm guitars could use the extra volume.

With The Animation of Entomology, Blotted Science continue to excel in their craft, while they project the complex nature of their music to similar events and phenomena occurring in nature. Aside from being a fantastic soundtrack for the observation of insects, this EP is more food on the table for the fans that just can’t get enough off their extreme prog metal.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2011



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ingesting Blattaria:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS1ExSwL_wk

Cretaceous Chasm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p9zVIR-gwg&feature=related

Vermicular Asphyxiation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZV5J2fElU&feature=related

A Sting Operation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61ZlZlZV51g




Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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bloc
October 16th 2011



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album just came out of nowhere

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foreverjohndeered
October 16th 2011



897 Comments


hell yeah

Relinquished
October 16th 2011



24434 Comments


nice review bro

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2011



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First three songs are quite memorable, despite their extreme complexity.

This is a critical accomplishment for the band.

"A Sting Operation" is pure madness, a sin that all extreme progsters are allowed to do per each record.


ShinXetsu
October 16th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/m/

btw great review

Scoot
October 16th 2011



17681 Comments


machinations is awesome

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Ulsufyring
October 16th 2011



1725 Comments


yeah alex webster mentioned they were working on something when i talked to him

YetAnotherBrick
October 16th 2011



4390 Comments


oh man gotta gotta gotta get this

seedofnothing
October 16th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

kick ass review bro

short and sweet just how I like it


album shreds giz everywhere, real deal prog metal instr. here

MO
October 16th 2011



18231 Comments


album rules, awesome review

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krig9412
October 17th 2011



792 Comments


When the hell did this drop? I MUST HAVE THIS

seedofnothing
October 17th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

get on it krig, not too long ago

TheNotrap
October 17th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

High tech playing album, nothing more in my opinion

Good review Voivod



Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2011



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@TheNotrap

I understand where you are coming from with this, I usually don't quite fancy instrumental tech rock/metal albums as well, but every now and then comes an album that's worthy of the extra attention.

Such an album worthy of attention, was Liquid Tension Experiment's second effort.

At first I was sceptic about this as you are, but it is a grower.

The first three songs become memorable with repeated listens.


seedofnothing
October 17th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^true dat

Madbutcher3
October 17th 2011



1081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Real cool record. Sounds a lot better than the average guitar wankery album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2011



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds a lot better than the average guitar wankery album.





this

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2011



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ghost neg (or not?)...

Oh well...

Ticondaroga
October 18th 2011



231 Comments


Shittt i really enjoyed their first album, ill definitely have to check this out. POS



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