Lost Ubikyst in Apeiron
Abstruse Imbeciles Nailed on Slavery


4.9
classic

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
November 9th, 2014 | 129 replies


Release Date: 08/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A heavyweight contender for 2014's top progressive metal album.

Imagine a more progressive-leaning collaboration between Strapping Young Lad-era Devin Townsend and Jari Maenpaa of Wintersun with a few splashes of Cynic/Atheist influence thrown in, all put together with a high premium on quality and you've got Abstruse Imbeciles Nailed On Slavery in a nutshell. Well, except for the mouthfuls that band name "Lost Ubikyst in Apeiron" and album title Abstruse Imbeciles Nailed On Slavery are - there's no explaining those choices.

All the same, a few literary crimes are easy to forgive in light of the magnificent musical product LUIA provides on Abstruse Imbeciles. The record simply hits all at once from the opening shout of "GO!", laying on a continuous stream of impressive progressive metal that exemplifies all of the genre's best qualities and few of its flaws. While the primary mover on Abstruse Imbeciles is a pummeling, low riff machine and a programmed double bass kick that, at times, puts Gene Hoglan to shame, each track keeps fresh by constantly varying its chord progressions in memorable ways while inlaying intricate guitar, synth, and even bass melodies. An impressive, powerful, and emotive vocal outing with a low range reminiscent of Matt Barlow and screams somewhere between Devin Townsend and Randy Blythe is just the shiny red bow that seals the deal.

For such a lengthy album (right around 70 minutes, with its shortest real track clocking in at just under five minutes), Abstruse Imbeciles does a great job varying each track's pace to keep things interesting yet keeping things consistent enough to be cohesive. Tracks such as "Final Roar" begin with subdued and bright, clean strumming, yet the tempo quickly fires up and that same placid-but-tense chordal strumming turns into something dense and dangerous. Hooks both subtle and overt dot the record from cover to cover and come in all shapes and sizes ranging from the innocuous bass of "Final Roar" to the ringing six-string leads of opener "Nothing to S(l)ave."

Simply put, the overall attention to detail paid on Abstruse Imbeciles is incredibly intentional and impeccable. Every instrument shines through as needed, but equally astonishing are some of the astounding melodies intentionally hidden among some of the weightier passages on the album that create subliminal hooks and grooves under what might seem to be just a simple verse. It's one thing to build an incredible album, but it's intricacies such as this that elevate Abstruse Imbeciles to another level and build success on top of a consistent tone and persistent theming.

Of course, all of the eccentricities you'd expect of a progressive metal pinnacle are here as well - brief, but tasteful and intriguing ventures into chiptunes, robotic vocals a la Cynic, atmospheric breaks, elegant self-harmonizations, and more. Really, in the hands of any other artist, the pure ambition on this album could be a recipe for disaster. Yet, somehow, the unity of mind shown by sole musician for Lost Ubikyst in Apeiron, French multi-instrumentalist "Schrissse," brings everything together in an outstanding package that stands at the top of the progressive metal food chain.

It might be easy for some to play off the fact that Abstruse Imbeciles is as tight and clever as it is based on the fact that it's a work six years in the making. But, to be honest, it's a rare crowd that ever reaches this pinnacle of performance. Schrissse - whoever he is - needs to give himself a huge pat on the back, as does the progressive metal industry. This is a record that's simply too good to ignore.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
AtomicWaste
Moderator
November 9th 2014


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

This came out of nowhere, but holy crap.



Full album link: http://lostubikystinapeiron.bandcamp.com/album/abstruse-imbeciles-nailed-on-slavery

CalculatingInfinity
November 9th 2014


8754 Comments


Damn, sounds like something I could dig. I'll probably check today.

Archelirion
November 9th 2014


5639 Comments


And the award for best band name/album name goes to...

Sounds like this could be awesome. It's a pretty long beast but... I'm a student. I've got time.

EvoHavok
November 9th 2014


7677 Comments


Lol those names, but this seems to be very interesting.

Digging: Swallow the Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light

Totengott
November 9th 2014


4223 Comments


Very nice review, checking this out now, heard one track and it's fantastic.

renegadestrings
November 9th 2014


1521 Comments


i'm gonna read the review, but to be honest, you had me at the 4.9 and the "recommended by reviewer" list

Rastapunk
November 9th 2014


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Holy shit this is awesome!!

indigonowhere
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


10727 Comments


would be 5/5 if not for that fuckin extraneous djembe solo in track 4

SpiritCrusher2
November 9th 2014


6105 Comments


just started listening to this, that bass drum sound is disgusting

emester
November 9th 2014


8251 Comments


Probably gonna hate this but that rec by reviewer has got me interested

AtomicWaste
Moderator
November 9th 2014


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

It doesn't bother me, to be honest. But I have an ear that tolerates programmed drumming better than others.

emester
November 9th 2014


8251 Comments


I like what im hearing from the track you linked, waste. But the programmed drums just sound AWFUL. Vocals and riff work is impressive though

LifeFeedsOnLife
November 9th 2014


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like what I've heard so far... Is it streaming anywhere?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2014


16069 Comments


song sounds killer even with that weird (bass?) in it, tanks atomic

AtomicWaste
Moderator
November 9th 2014


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

You should be able to get to the bandcamp page from the link under the review. If not I can throw something up in a bit - on mobile right now.

facupm
November 9th 2014


11362 Comments


sweet 4.9 m/

LifeFeedsOnLife
November 9th 2014


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bandcamp link is good, thanks.

AtomicWaste
Moderator
November 9th 2014


2789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

Added full album link to first post for convenience. Didn't know that the streaming function was limited to a track/didn't link to full album. Enjoy!

YakNips
November 9th 2014


19560 Comments


my god the band name/album name is so prog

aaanndyy
November 9th 2014


25 Comments


Cool review will check but that 'to be honest' starting the 4th paragraph is so random



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