Live and Archives Psychotic Waltz. Songs Lineup Reviews Additional notes. Disc 1 1. Achim M. This CD proved to be the most commercial attempt by the band, and labeled by some hard-core fans as a "sellout". However, the less complicated material went over noticeably well live, PW was kickin' in the heavy grooves! It was also mixed in Florida at Morrissound Studios, famous for many things, Deep Purple recordings being one of them. Still in the top 10, 2 actually it didn't fare as well as previous cd's Recorded in San Diego in , this turned out to be the bands final studio work together.
Finally, the band penned a deal direct with Intercord records, and for the 1st time in their career, did NOT get ripped off!!! Scott Burns flew in to do the Engineering, but couldn't stay for the mix down. Dan Rock, and Engineer Woody Barber took on the task of producing it. Travis Smith took over the artwork for an ailing Mike Clift. This time they were back on top with "Album Of The Month" again. Even the US started listening. They needed a drummer for the project, which became know as "End Amen".
Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. The rare bonus track, "The Fry Tape", is an interesting oddity; it's more Lackey showing off his keyboard prowess than anything else. The band would soon make a big leap in creativity with their next demo.
However, check this out, if you're at all interested in the start of this great band. The album begins with the fast and furious duo thrash guitar assault of Brian McAlpin and Dan Rock delivering some of the most intense metal riffs that were rooted in keeping the overall sound melodic but they were also masters of syncopated effects that offered technical tricks and trinkets without steering the band's sound into abstract Watchtower territory.
Through these superbly constructed tracks all performers shine in every arena. His vocal range is actually more impressive IMHO as he not only wails in the upper registers but has serious control that can tackle several styles in sequence. Jeff Lords' virtuosic bass playing skills are noteworthy especially noticeable as the driving force behind the instantly addictive frenzy of "Spiral Tower" which provides a super strong backbone that allows the band to spiral off in various directions around him like a tornado filled with razor blades and nails.
Dana Burnell is yet another master of his craft providing some of the most impressive drum abuse skills of the era not only keeping up with the relentless assault of changing rhythms and song structure meanderings but provides creative fills and brilliant orgies of percussion where the snares, toms and cymbals collude to add yet another intoxicating layer of the musical style on board.
While the main focus of A SOCIAL GRACE is heavy rockin' metal segments that infuse an instantly melodic hooked that is laced with progressive touches to steer the listener into WTF territory, there are a few surprises that seem like they dropped in from another universe.
The first surprise is the "ballad" of the album "I Remember. While it's obvious from the very first track that Buddy Lackey's vocal phrasings are right out of the Jethro Tull playbook, they somehow work well as he adapts them to the heavy metal styles on board. This track is where he leaves the realms of "influence" and enters the unfortunate situation of plagiarism.
I dare anyone to listen to this song back to back with "We Used To Know" from Jethro Tull's album "Stand Up" and tell me this isn't the exact same song at least in the main melodic development of the vocals.
This little faux pas is the one blemish for me on an otherwise perfect album. It's not that it's not performed impeccably, because the song is quite a beautiful interpretation and if credit was given as a JT song then i'd be cool but unfortunately Lackey claims it as his own. The band writes dynamic, heavy, aggressive metal. Singer Buddly Lackey has a unique style for metal, but at times has an uncanny resemblance to Ian Anderson Jethro Tull.
This is especially noticeable on the Tull influenced ballad "I Remember," a song that is completed with a flute solo. I can certainly see why. Anyone who is a fan of progressive metal and doesn't own at least one CD by these guys is missing out. I got this disc in a trade from a guy who thought I might dig them after reviewing my cd want list.
Well, he was right. This is a spectacular disc. Another Prophet Song. Shattered Sky. I Remember. Out of Mind. Only in a Dream. A Psychotic Waltz."The God-Shaped Void" is the 5th full-length studio album by US, San Diego based progressive metal act Psychotic esilloztiotory.snarenterabricowonhostcharnaconle.co album was released through InsideOut Music in February Psychotic Waltz folded after touring in support of "Bleeding" from , as a consequence of a law suit from an actress who appearing in the promotional video for the track "Faded" who said she was exposed to a.