Imagine what would happen if King Crimson decided to play instrumental metal.
No, you wouldn't get an instrumental equivalent of Red – you'd get Germany's
Counter World Experience.
The band calls itself "Jazz Metal". Well -
there are jazzy overtones, but "Art Metal", or "MIO" (Metal In Opposition), are
probably more accurate labels. The band also describes itself as "Meshggah-style
grooves with Pat Metheney-like textures". That's far more accurate.
are very angular sections reminiscent of classic-prog. Many areas show a strong
classical influence, and overriding it all is a heavy metal vibe with wonderful
complexity, variety and melody. The music is principally guitar-led, yet it
never gets boring. The guitar / bass / drums trio plays tightly crafted
compositions, and the sound is augmented by guest artists, occasional piano,
female vocals, synthesizer, guitar-synth, and a string quartet.
It may be
metal but it's unconventional, challenging, and Progressive with a capital "P".
Metronomicon is definitely one of the finds of the year.
1. Deus Ex Machina
3. Fuego Barbarico
6. Deep Waters
7. Digital Dust
Of The Path