Psyopus
Ideas of Reference


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 59 replies | 11,764 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

PsyOpus:
Adam Frapolli - Vocals
Christopher Arp - Guitar
Greg Herman - Drums
Fred DeCoste - Bass

Bio (from [url]http://psyopus.com[/url]):
Stemming from the diabolic metal scene of Rochester, NY - the birthplace of such exaggerated sounds as Kalibas, Sulaco and Lethargy - comes the mathcore extremists known as PsyOpus. This project's conception was formed during the fall of 2002 by the unorthodox guitar work of Christopher "Arpmandude" Arp, Rochester's regional winner of 2001's Limp Bizkit Guitarist Search, and the technical absurdness of grind drummer Greg Herman. Finalizing the line up with bass player virtuoso Fred DeCoste and the "in your face" antics of vocalist Adam Frapolli, PsyOpus have become an intrinsic formula for sonically unyielding violence and insanity. Composed of bi-polar dynamics, radical arrangements, avant-garde instrumentation and a melting force of pure speed, PsyOpus set out to destroy the molds of extreme metal with unprecedented attitude and conviction. Judge for yourself by means of their debut release "Ideas of Reference" out on Black Market Activities.

Overview:
When I first heard PsyOpus, I was intrigued to say the least. To call this music "odd" would be an understatement. Finalizing a genre to put them in is difficult enough, but trying to focus on a specific element of their music can be even more trying. On the one hand, the band is prone to offbeat rhythmical changes, spastic blastbeats and technical madness that lovers of grindcore/mathcore will adore. On the other hand, the guitar work is all over the spectrum. One second you'll be getting dissonant riffs and tapping exercises, the next you'll be getting a cool yet oddly-placed jazz section. The basswork is about as unwieldy as the guitarwork, and the drumming ranges from all-out grind to straight rock beats.

Though some sections sound like Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge, and still others can be routed to Between The Buried And Me or perhaps even Slint, this band has a definitive style. On tracks like "Imogen's Puzzle" and "Death, I", the almost classical-sounding guitar lines are immediately noticeable. Jazzy, staccato note sequences almost evoke video game or MIDI comparisons, but it is most definitely a simple clean guitar, which really speaks for the raw style portrayed by Arp. If the Limp Bizkit stuff in his bio is true, I have no idea what the hell this guy was doing wasting his time on such a useless project; perhaps he was merely playing around with his diversity.

In other instances, it becomes all too apparent on other tracks that PsyOpus can be awesomely heavy. "Mirrorim" and "Mannequin" have blistering riffs and excellent, climactic breakdowns, while in the meantime, "The Long Road To The Fourth Dimension", "Mork And Mindy (Daydream Lover)", and "Anomaly" assault you at every twist and turn. Every instrumentalist shows consistent and devestating speed throughout. Frapolli may be limited at times to an almost Locust-esque hardcore yapping, but it is definitely fitting. "The White Light" has an especially Locust feel to it, but that quickly dissolves, and is well-portrayed if nothing else.

While PsyOpus resemble many bands, they're still almost impossible to pin down at times, so it's best to sample in order to find out if it is enjoyable. The fact that many bands are breaking this musical area wide open and PsyOpus can still maintain their niche speaks wonders for them, as bands that come into this field often fail to provide something new or original. Some will enjoy this music wholeheartedly, many will probably be put off. Your best bet is to give them a listen, or better yet, many listens, before you decide.

Recommended Tracks: "Death, I", "The Long Road To The Fourth Dimension", "Mannequin", "Mirrorim"

Rating: 4.5/5



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Happymeal
September 25th 2004



330 Comments


Wow, great review! I've been so looking forward to this one, and I thought it was released already..

Distorted Vision
September 25th 2004



184 Comments


The only track I've heard is 'Death, I', and the intro to that song is really captivating. I've never heard something used like that in extreme metal, and your review was good so I shall check out some more of this band.

Happymeal
September 25th 2004



330 Comments


www.purevolume.com/psyopus if that helps.

SubtleDagger
September 25th 2004



737 Comments


I checked some other sites, and apparently it has been released. For some reason, Amazon says it is set for October 19th and won't give any info. Odd.

SubtleDagger
September 25th 2004



737 Comments


This doesn't have a lot of metal influence, it's mostly hardcore and grind. Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord have more of a metal influence.

If you want jazz metal, listen to Atheist and Cynic first, they're the pioneers.

NewKindofArmy03
September 25th 2004



26 Comments


these guys are amazing musicians. i saw them over the summer, and everything was perfect. i don't really like the music itself much though, it's ok.

BuddyBigsby
September 25th 2004



531 Comments


I got my buddy into these guys, and now he's obsessed.

Their guitarist is insane.

pixiesfanyo
September 25th 2004



1222 Comments


God some people just don't know when to quit saying the same thing over and over and they look retarded for it.


I don't think Burt is the one looking retarded.

cbmartinez
September 25th 2004



2525 Comments


Dead's back. :rolleyes:

SubtleDagger
September 25th 2004



737 Comments


If dead were paying attention, he would have noted that "mathcore" was used in the bio from the band's own site. It is not my label, it is theirs. He also might have noticed if he listened to the band that the metal aspect is not great; I wouldn't even put metal into their genre, grindcore is the only real heavy aspect.

By the way, keep it up and me and Bigsby may get you banned again.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 25th 2004



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Those PV songs rocked. Impressed me a bit.

BuddyBigsby
September 26th 2004



531 Comments


[QUOTE=xdeadtomorrowx]Please stop using the term Mathcore forever. Thank you, there isn't ANYTHING known as mathcore. All this tech/jazz/grind/death stuff is all called TECH METAL. NOT MATHCORE WHAT ARE WE IN SCHOOL? Idiot. God some people just don't know when to quit saying the same thing over and over and they look retarded for it.

Although, Psyopus, NOT LIKE PsyOpus. Cause I don't know they are, Psyopus is amazing.[/QUOTE]

You know what's a really pathetic band name? Impaled Existence.

Bartender
Emeritus
October 1st 2004



826 Comments


I've heard one song from this, The Long Road to the Fourth Dimension, and it was good enough that I'd buy this if I found it somewhere. I probably won't be putting great effort into getting it any time soon, though.

SubtleDagger
October 1st 2004



737 Comments


It's good. "Death, I" is cooler, though. That's all on purevolume.

cbmartinez
October 1st 2004



2525 Comments


I just listened to "Death, I..." and holy crap. The intrusments are amazing. The guitar and drums are some of the best I've heard in a while. I'm gonna' listen to more stuff...:eek:

SubtleDagger
October 1st 2004



737 Comments


Yeah, it's real good. Too bad "Mannequin" and "Mirrorim" aren't on purevolume, they have crazy awesome parts.

"The White Light" has that killer Locust-y intro riff, though.

LesPaul3
October 4th 2004



1 Comments


the cd has been out for awhile, the oct 19th date is a re-release.

Dark Hero
October 4th 2004



160 Comments


Wow, I actually like this.

Maglor
October 21st 2004



4 Comments


[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]

PsyOpus:
Adam Frapolli - Vocals
Christopher Arp - Guitar
Greg Herman - Drums
Fred DeCoste - Bass

Bio (from http://psyopus.com):
Stemming from the diabolic metal scene of Rochester, NY - the birthplace of such exaggerated sounds as Kalibas, Sulaco and Lethargy - comes the mathcore extremists known as PsyOpus. This project's conception was formed during the fall of 2002 by the unorthodox guitar work of Christopher "Arpmandude" Arp, Rochester's regional winner of 2001's Limp Bizkit Guitarist Search, and the technical absurdness of grind drummer Greg Herman. Finalizing the line up with bass player virtuoso Fred DeCoste and the "in your face" antics of vocalist Adam Frapolli, PsyOpus have become an intrinsic formula for sonically unyielding violence and insanity. Composed of bi-polar dynamics, radical arrangements, avant-garde instrumentation and a melting force of pure speed, PsyOpus set out to destroy the molds of extreme metal with unprecedented attitude and conviction. Judge for yourself by means of their debut release "Ideas of Reference" out on Black Market Activities.

Overview:
When I first heard PsyOpus, I was intrigued to say the least. To call this music "odd" would be an understatement. Finalizing a genre to put them in is difficult enough, but trying to focus on a specific element of their music can be even more trying. On the one hand, the band is prone to offbeat rhythmical changes, spastic blastbeats and technical madness that lovers of grindcore/mathcore will adore. On the other hand, the guitar work is all over the spectrum. One second you'll be getting dissonant riffs and tapping exercises, the next you'll be getting a cool yet oddly-placed jazz section. The basswork is about as unwieldy as the guitarwork, and the drumming ranges from all-out grind to straight rock beats.

Though some sections sound like Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge, and still others can be routed to Between The Buried And Me or perhaps even Slint, this band has a definitive style. On tracks like "Imogen's Puzzle" and "Death, I", the almost classical-sounding guitar lines are immediately noticeable. Jazzy, staccato note sequences almost evoke video game or MIDI comparisons, but it is most definitely a simple clean guitar, which really speaks for the raw style portrayed by Arp. If the Limp Bizkit stuff in his bio is true, I have no idea what the hell this guy was doing wasting his time on such a useless project; perhaps he was merely playing around with his diversity.

In other instances, it becomes all too apparent on other tracks that PsyOpus can be awesomely heavy. "Mirrorim" and "Mannequin" have blistering riffs and excellent, climactic breakdowns, while in the meantime, "The Long Road To The Fourth Dimension", "Mork And Mindy (Daydream Lover)", and "Anomaly" assault you at every twist and turn. Every instrumentalist shows consistent and devestating speed throughout. Frapolli may be limited at times to an almost Locust-esque hardcore yapping, but it is definitely fitting. "The White Light" has an especially Locust feel to it, but that quickly dissolves, and is well-portrayed if nothing else.

While PsyOpus resemble many bands, they're still almost impossible to pin down at times, so it's best to sample in order to find out if it is enjoyable. The fact that many bands are breaking this musical area wide open and PsyOpus can still maintain their niche speaks wonders for them, as bands that come into this field often fail to provide something new or original. Some will enjoy this music wholeheartedly, many will probably be put off. Your best bet is to give them a listen, or better yet, many listens, before you decide.

Recommended Tracks: "Death, I", "The Long Road To The Fourth Dimension", "Mannequin", "Mirrorim"

Rating: 4.5/5[/QUOTE]
I Just went and heard these guys, and its magificent! Just died and gone to hell.

DekWannaBFlea
October 21st 2004



284 Comments


[QUOTE=xdeadtomorrowx]Please stop using the term Mathcore forever. Thank you, there isn't ANYTHING known as mathcore. All this tech/jazz/grind/death stuff is all called TECH METAL. NOT MATHCORE WHAT ARE WE IN SCHOOL? Idiot. God some people just don't know when to quit saying the same thing over and over and they look retarded for it.

Although, Psyopus, NOT LIKE PsyOpus. Cause I don't know they are, Psyopus is amazing.[/QUOTE]


Lol mathcore...........When i saw that in the title i was like, wtf is that?



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