Behold... The Arctopus
Skullgrid


5.0
classic

Review

by ClemintineBree USER (12 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For experimental metal this is a good as it gets.

Sometimes people get scared of the tag experimental which is definitely warranted. With this, who knows what you could be getting. Maybe a jumping of genre to genre, female-pig squels, or even candy cane. Yeah what i said doesn't sound good at all and sometimes that's just how experimental is but with Behold we have a different story.

They've actually manage to create a cohesive album that is extremely experimental at the same time. What this means is that you can actually sit through their songs without saying damn what the hell is going on here, i can't handle this. At times you may here tempos shift and odd-chord progressive but what really gets you about this album is that you will probably say how did they make all this possible. Without a doubt, it was through excellent song writing and thoughtful trial and error that brought us to Skullgrid.

Tracks like "Canada" show of all the skills of each musician including the bass which is immediately prominant throughout the album which adds to the excitment. With Canada we start with a mid paced alternated obscure chord progression with a bass that stays in key but is wild all over place yet sooo well placed. In the middle of track there is a clean section that ties the whole song together with effective dynamics.

The drums are definately a highlight here too; they always manage to stand out as much as the guitar riffs themselves and sometimes even more. in "You are number six" they're liking to a shizophrenic compulsive mind of a musical genius, they never comprimise and always drive the feeling of the track forward and are never out of place either.

The musical tone is dark on this album which can be appealing to most because nothing is worse than a wanking cheese clown fest. "You are number six" is a major highlight showing extremely slow tempos which allow room for exploration. It's one of the best tracks so definitely go with that. The darker tones of the track really well placed amongst other sporatic tracks and odd ones.

I highly rec this to all who want fresh music that is different than metal's commonalities. This is instrumental death metal with experimentation that is as good as any song in the genre itself. GET THIS NOW



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Comments:Add a Comment 
menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


16112 Comments


a skull on a grid

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Emim
November 19th 2012


26661 Comments


female pig-squels, or even candy cane

YetAnotherBrick
November 19th 2012


4504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

even candy cane?

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Wizard
November 19th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For experimental metal this is a good as it gets.

Nope, try Dysrhythmia for better results.

About the review, you need to beef this up cause it doesn't feel like I'm reading about a perfect rating. And don't use words like "rec", you aren't texting or commenting.

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Wizard
November 19th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fucking eh, I was just thinking that as well.

GiaNXGX
November 19th 2012


4867 Comments


Yeh, it's a 3 for me but the new album is awful

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


4507 Comments


supreme cover art

fireandblood
November 19th 2012


198 Comments


Review was a good laugh, band is fucking awful

sideburndude
November 19th 2012


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are Number Six kills my mind

MichaelSnoxall
November 20th 2012


12163 Comments


For experimental metal this is a good as it gets.

stopped reading

wacknizzle
November 20th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For experimental metal this is a good as it gets.

stopped reading [2]

I like Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning better anyway.


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Mike08
November 20th 2012


609 Comments


Sometimes people get scared of the tag experimental which is definitely warranted. With this, who knows what you could be getting.
- Sometimes people see an album's "experimental tag" and get scared; who knows what your going to get? This avant garde style invites a slew of gimmicks; from female pig-squeals, genre hopping, even candy cane. (What the hell is candy cane?) Rest assured, Behold...The Actropus is worth the second look.
- Behold's SKULLGRID first succeeds in being simulaneously cohesive and experimental. One may listen to tempo shifts and odd chord progressions without feeling lost or irretated. This alone warrants praise, as Behold strides where many bands fall. (Cue the blending of album 2 into 3)...

- Ok i'm done. My point is you lack an assertive voice in your writing with unprofessional statements like;
"Yeah what i said doesn't sound good at all and sometimes that's just how experimental is"
" They've actually manage to create a cohesive album that is extremely experimental at the same time. What this means is that you can actually sit through their songs without saying damn what the hell is going on here, i can't handle this."
and this abismal ending paragraph "I highly rec this to all who want fresh music that is different than metal's commonalities. This is instrumental death metal with experimentation that is as good as any song in the genre itself. GET THIS NOW"

- In each paragraph (- Paragraph3) you only provide one example;
P2. it is spelled "irritated"
- You need to both support and expand each thought with more than 1 example. I expecially note this because you did rate this a Perfect 5. Even wit h the "5s arn't necessarily perfect" mentality, I'm not convinced.

- Hope this helps!

CaptainDooRight
October 30th 2013


30239 Comments


mike crackin whipz

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