Time of Orchids   Melonwhisper
Release Date: 2001

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5.0 classicRoundOnEndHiInMiddle | February 23rd 17

Many bands don't realize that just because there's experimentation doesn't mean the music is inherently cohesive or enjoyable. Melonwhispher is an album born from minds that know that point well, and thus are able to pull off what few bands are able to do: make experimental music in which all of the experiments turn out to be fruitful endeavors. Time Of Orchids structured this record to make the listener think to themselves, on an initial listen, "just what the hell is going on here?", and eventually invite the listener to find out. Many different genres are at play here; avant-prog, ambient, harsh noise, and some sort of strange mixture between alt-metal and proto-mathcore. It's a pretty unique sound, but it's one that remains molded together. If things get messy here, it's not the fault of the songwriting, but of sloppy, passionate playing and general intensity. The grandest experiment is the core of the record, known as "Laugh Track", an eighteen-minute behemoth that expresses gradual mental decay through little more than piano and progressively harsher noise. It's a truly unique album in which no moments are skippable, making it one of the finest and most overlooked experimental rock albums out there.


3.5 greatgerbothgely | February 3rd 17
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2.5 averagegagnonov | October 13th 15
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3.5 greatreaganomics777 | October 8th 11
3.5 greatMendigo | March 6th 10

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