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Scientist: 101001100101

I wish the title of this album matched up with that Rush song where Geddy Lee sings out the numbers "1001001." That would have made for a nice connection between the two bands, but it just wasn't meant to be. Scientist isn't trying to be like Rush anyway. Instead of the progressive style of Geddy, Neil, and Alex, the guys in Scientist create an experimental style of metal, the kind that could go in any direction and follow any logic. The band members call the music "architectural metal," a suitable title considering that Chicago—a city full of amazing buildings—is the band's home.

The music on this album may polarize audiences. Some people will enjoy the crazy musical imaginings on display here. Others will find it too chaotic and strange. Those listeners willing to take a chance, however, may find something here that will not only stretch their ears, but also their enjoyment. Check out, for example, a track like "Gravity Well." It begins with a drum / noise sequence that nods to the opening of the Bauhaus classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead." From that solid opening, things enter into a more extreme sound, blending wild vocals with crazy music. Listen, too, to "Limb." It also has a memorable opening, this time a series of fascinating guitar passages that may have been improvised. I found this song very engaging. And then there's "Orbital," a very accessible song that shows off the band's ability to kick up a groove. The music on this album is uncanny, otherworldly, and strangely catchy. Scientist reminds me a little of another terrific experimental band, Orbweaver. Both create music that challenges listeners but do so intelligently. Give it a shot!

Track Listing:
1. The Singularity
2. Siege Capture Control
3. The Lighthouse
4. Baptistina
5. Luminal
6. Gravity Well
7. Limb
8. Physician Heal Thyself
9. Orbital
10. Bloodless Breathless
11. 1010110101

Added: February 23rd 2016
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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