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Tardive Dyskinesia: Harmonic Confusion

Harmonic Confusion is the latest release from the Greece based Prog Metal band, Tardive Dyskinesia, who takes some musical cues from a deep pool of influences on this fourth release. Polyrhythm riffing is on display on this chaotic new record and that can be good or bad.

First off, you will notice a 'twist' or an homage of sorts to the classic King Crimson, In The Court of The Crimson King album cover. And with that image the contents that are Harmonic Confusion do their best to riff it up and shake you about. The killer, "Self Destructive Haze", has an obvious nod to 'suggah based greatness and its groove and power are just too good to be ignored. But Tardive Dyskinesia also throw in some almost Nu-Metal meets Gojira themed stuff with "Concentric Waves" and then there's the Djenty like, "Triangulation Through Impasse", that is full of new school pure riffery. There is no forgery going on with Tardive Dyskinesia, the influence is clear but the end result is much of their own.

Amidst gravelly throaty vocals combined with a cleaner approach, Tardive Dyskinesia have a pretty solid record here with Harmonic Confusion, though it might take a few spins to get through what might initially come across as (pardon the pun) confusing. This effort is a slow builder that works its way in and then infects you. The more I listened, the more I got it.

Track Listing
1. Insertion
2. Fire Red Glass Heart
3. The Electric Sun
4. Self Destructive Haze
5. Thread Of Life
6. Concentric Waves
7. Triangulation Through Impasse
8. Savior Complex
9. Echoes 213
10. Chronicity

Added: May 14th 2018
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1874
Language: english

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Tardive Dyskinesia: Harmonic Confusion
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2018-05-15 03:10:06
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Heavy, heavy, heavy. That’s what you get with Greek progressive metallers Tardive Dyskinesia. Their latest disc titled Harmonic Confusion was released in 2016 and is their fourth release. In the band are Manthos Stergiou (vocals, guitar), Petros Nikiforakis (guitar), Steve Lado (guitar, backing vocals), Kornelius Kiriakidis (bass) and Nick Argiropoulos (drums).

Harmonic Confusion is mainly built around the guitar and drums and the players of both instruments excel. The guitar can be very thick and heavy with little room to breathe or more spacious building slowly into heavier walls of sound. Some tracks have a dgenty feel and some of the odd meters demonstrate this is a very talented band. The vocals are a mix of clean and growls, pretty catchy and intense, certainly a good fit for the music.

The first track “Insertion” is a heavy instrumental with big crushing riffs and pounding drums. Some djent here to go along with the band’s heavy brand of progressive metal. Some tricky rhythms reveal the band’s overall tightness. Following suit is the varied “Fire Red Glass Heart” featuring multiple layers of guitar, slow builds and the occasional disjointed rhythm. The vocals are mostly clean until the end when the intensity erupts. At times it feels as if the riffs are coming from every conceivable angle. “The Electric Sun” is another heavy exercise traversing fast pummeling riffs and intense growls to more melodic parts with clean vocals. “Self Destructive Haze” is another example of mixing intense heaviness including extreme vocals with more melodic and cleaner riffs. On “Thread Of Life” I hear a little Mastodon as the music ebbs and flows through a nightmarish doom laden landscape. Guest musician Charis Pazaroulas provides some cool bowed double bass.

This certainly took a few spins as the melodies didn’t grab me right away. As with most growers it took a little effort but your persistence will pay off especially if you appreciate the more extreme forms of metal.

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