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Counter World Experience: Metronomicon

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.

There 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".

is definitely one of the finds of the year.

Track Listing:
1. Deus Ex Machina
2. Metronomicon
3. Fuego Barbarico
4. Metis
5. Quintus
6. Deep Waters
7. Digital Dust
8. Youth
9. End Of The Path

Added: December 1st 2009
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
Hits: 2007
Language: english

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