Schizoid Lloyd
Virus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Vrid USER (12 Reviews)
December 28th, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Curious listeners, look this way!

In everyday life I spend lots of time searching for new and exciting music. I do it because I know what the feeling of rewarding content feels like when I've stumbled upon something special. If you’re stubborn and persistent enough, you will come to learn why people like you and me exchange entire chunks of their lives for the change of getting in touch with that very precious sense of fulfillment. Discovering a distinctive gem often come by chance; a careless click towards the cover with an interesting trace, the gaze that accidentally fell upon a “now playing”-post on an internet forum or apathetically browsing through Spotify's vast assortment of similar artists. Regardless of which medium, the unavoidable find signifies a triumphant day for devoted listeners and every time you’ll ask yourself why bands like this are kept hidden from the public eye. Well, spreading the word to as many places as merely possible is a devoted listener’s duty. Especially if they want to make sure their new jewel gets its share of time in the spotlight ray. This is the kind of music you’re hoping to find in the search for stimulating music and the reason why writing reviews is a voluntary act.

“Schizoid Lloyd – Virus” adorns the cover to a young and very ambitious group of Dutch heritage. As you might have already guessed, their debut EP broods in an obscure part of the music market and has done so since its release in the beginning of 2010. It’s an untouched diamond just waiting to be exposed to an audience that would surely thrive in its queer company. You’ll meet with a scarce type of progressive rock fueled by eclectic influence and underlying talent, performed with striking finesse. The record’s mere four tracks are all strong implications of musical curiosity and exciting experimental treats without stumbling upon itself in unnecessary oddity; an ever so often reoccurring anticlimax in the industry of modern prog. Progressive rock with a modern twist does in general quite solely appear as contradictory and terribly old and tried. Schizoid Lloyd on the other hand shines with a new and fresh interpretation of the genre, finally settling on something far detached to dry efforts to reinvent a genre that hasn't been properly blooming for some 40 years. The band has been putting lots of work into writing memorable melodies, catchy (albeit clever) passages and covers the foundation with subtle synthesizers and details which further add to an exciting sound. Virus drips with unbroken concentration and makes no room for not even a second's worth of writers block or idle fillers. I warmly recommend it to anyone who happens to read this and is feeling done searching for the day. You won't find anything quite like this elsewhere. Arjen Lucassen is up for strong competition!



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Vrid
December 28th 2012


116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://schizoidlloyd.bandcamp.com/album/virus

Check it out or I'll tell Steven Wilson.

Dimor
December 28th 2012


1831 Comments


Man, this is some interesting stuff.

GiaNXGX
December 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Good review man. I'll look for these guys 'prog with a modern twist' intrigues me.


Talking about obscure jewels, there was an almost unknown Swedish heavy prog band named 'Pyramid' and they released a record called 'First Stone.' Go get that.

Cygnatti
December 28th 2012


21836 Comments


I is curious. :D

Digging: Autechre - Chiastic Slide

CaptainDooRight
December 28th 2012


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

pos, i see the link has a free dl too, awesome!

will def check

Vrid
December 29th 2012


116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the positive feedback and make sure to check them out!

@GiaNXGX
Listening as we speak!

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2012


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

jus heard the first track and it was really good

Chortles
December 29th 2012


18054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos, i'll be sure to check this out, sounds mighty interesting

Digging: Tortoise - TNT

Cygnatti
December 29th 2012


21836 Comments


pretty crazy stuff

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2012


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Dam I can't believe this free. Such excellent music

Chortles
December 29th 2012


18054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is so great

these guys have mad potential

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
January 1st 2013


16112 Comments


yea checked it good stuff, pos review

Digging: H.P. Lovecraft - H.P. Lovecraft II

ViperAces
January 5th 2013


12485 Comments


eh... dont seem to dig it as much as you guys do :S
prob a 3 now, but i will let it grow on me

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2013


21406 Comments


Damn forgot about this, downloaded it yesterday, gonna jam now.

Chortles
January 6th 2013


18054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the soloing in the first track is so tasty

Chortles
January 6th 2013


18054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

even better in the fall ugh this is too good

Vrid
January 6th 2013


116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is truly fantastic stuff. Calling it underrated is an understatement; it doesn't get rated at all!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013


21406 Comments


This is great.

ViperAces
January 6th 2013


12485 Comments


rather underwhelming imo
still some awesome parts here and there

ViperAces
January 8th 2013


12485 Comments


nothing left is prob my least fav



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