Sea Of Tranquility



The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Who's Online
There are currently 50 guests online.

Google Ads





Gnostic: Engineering the Rule

I remember hearing the Gnostic demo a few years back and salivating at the thought of a future full-length release. Well, that day is upon us with the release of Engineering the Rule on Season of Mist. Gnostic, featuring three members of the now reformed Atheist, Chris Baker (guitar), Steve Flynn (drums), and Jonathan Thompson (bass), are joined by vocalist Kevin Freeman and guitarist Sonny Carson, and come at you with a mix of technical and progressive death metal not unlike Death, Pestilence, early Cynic, and of course Atheist.

Musically, this is one fearsome beast, with plenty of brutal, complex riffery and blazing rhythms flying about the mix at all times. Tunes like "Visceral" and "Isolate Gravity" grab you by the throat and wrench you till your eyeballs pop out, while 'Sleeping Ground" is an absolute crusher from start to finish, massive riffs giving way briefly to some jazzy guitar & bass lines before the monstrous arrangements work their way back in. The longest piece on the CD, "Violent Calm" (clocking in at just under 5 minutes) is a real treat, thunderous drum work battling it out with intricate bass and guitar lines, like the lost bastard child of Death, Rush, and Megadeth. Is it thrash, is it prog, is it jazz, is it death metal? Who knows, but it's damn good! Love sick guitar solos? Look no further than "Life Suffering", and for a "kick you in the teeth' concoction of metal and fusion, there's the insanely complex "Mindlock", a real workout for bassist Thompson.

As good as this material is, I'm not quite sold on vocalist Freeman. His Phil Anselmo styled bark seems better suited for less complex material at times, and though you do get used to him after a while, you have to wonder how Gnostic would sound with a more traditional death metal growler as opposed to Freeman who seems to come more from a hardcore background. Despite this, the music is just so challenging and brutal that I'm giving this a very solid 4 stars. Those of you into technical extreme metal would be well advised to investigate this one.


Track Listing
1) Visceral
2) Isolate Gravity
3) Sleeping Ground
4) Composition
5) Wall of Lies
6) Violent Calm
7) Life Suffering
8) Corrosive
9) Mindlock
10) Splinters of Change

Added: June 19th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1494
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]

  

[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]




2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by SpeedSoft.com