I've upped my rating to a 5. Which is to say, the Tipton brothers have finally done it. As eclectically virtuosically theme-ridden as "The Towers of Avarice" (Zero Hour) and "ReEvolution" (Cynthesis) were, "Manipulation under Anesthesia" is probably the most consistent encapsulation of their ethos: (A) that mankind is fundamentally self-destructive; and (B) that that doesn't entirely have to be a downer.
Pretty interesting record. Haven't listened too it much yet so I don't know if it has any
lasting power, but jesus these guys can play. And the bass work on this record is some of
the best I've heard all year.