Psyopus
Our Puzzling Encounters Considered


4.0
excellent

Review

by Telekinetic USER (12 Reviews)
October 19th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Technicality at it's finest but with a bit more, take it in multiple doses or leave it

I never really understood the argument against bands that are willing to use their technical ability to their fullest extent. I can understand the argument against a band that uses "technical Wanking" when they seem to run out of ideas and just start fiddling with their instruments in crazy ways to try and keep the listeners attention. However, there are multiple prestigious bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number Twelve Looks Like You that pretty mush only use "Technical Wanking" to create their sound. Psyopus also happen to fall under the category of Dillinger and Number Twelve, but they add a bit more to the mix, especially on Our Puzzling Encounters Considered.

This however is definitely not that clear though on the first five tacks of the album, especially of the first listen. they blaze by lightning fast riffs and blast beats at you these first five tracks and they do it with the same if not more technical proficiency than Dillinger and Number Twelve. then comes the sixth track, "Imogen's Puzzle Pt. 2" which in most circumstances would be a buzz kill for other math core bands because most of what they focus on is either beating you down (a good example of this would be Car Bomb) or just flat out wankery (Dillinger). the song may show you at first but upon the second listen (or third or tenth depending on how much of this kind of music you have listened to) it all starts to fall into place and you realize that technicality stands out in front for this band but there is so much more backing it than just the technicality. "Sioban's Song" also helps the listener with this realization that technical ability and odd time signatures are not the only focus for the band.

after listening to these two songs, listening to the rest of the album (meaning the crazines of songs such as "Insects" and "Scissor F*** Paper Doll") has much more meaning to them than they actually present at first. So sit back and take a few listens and you may realize that Pyopus have much more going for them underneath than what's on the surface.



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Telekinetic
October 19th 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to get into this more

Telekinetic
October 19th 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel like the review is too short though

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 19th 2014


6743 Comments


"there are multiple prestigious bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number Twelve Looks Like You that pretty mush only use "Technical Wanking" to create their sound"

oh boy

Telekinetic
October 19th 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That doesn't mean their bad though, technicality is a trait a band has just like songwriting

Telekinetic
October 19th 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wanking is a terrible term for it

Telekinetic
October 19th 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I also should have checked for spelling errors, and I'll shut up now

Scoot
October 19th 2014


19525 Comments


this album is all over the place

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TAB
October 19th 2014


467 Comments


okay look, technical wanking isn't some sort of musical sub-genre. also dep, number12, and psyopus sound nothing alike.

Telekinetic
October 21st 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No it it not, an I do agree that the number twelve sounds nothing like psyopus but they have a similar approach but psyopus goes for a more avant-grade sound while number twelve just loves to have fun with it

Telekinetic
October 21st 2014


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Now that I look back at the review I realize how much I'm making DEP and Number Twelve look bad, because they're not

GhandhiLion
July 12th 2019


6104 Comments


annoying annoying annoying annoying annoying annoying annoying annoying

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MotokoKusanagi
October 3rd 2019


2379 Comments


miss these chaps



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