Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning review by Behold... the Arctopus

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  • Released: Mar 8, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (14 votes)
Behold... the Arctopus: Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning

Sound — 10
Think of an intense traffic. Now add some explosions, people running across the street and sirens screaming from everywhere. Right after this, think of a river in the middle of nothing. Now add some trees to it's side, some birds, then some mountains and a sun. Beautiful, isn't it? This is the image of the band. Both scenarios express the band's mood. In some songs, you'll have one scene in your mind, and in other songs you'll have the other. This band is a power trio, and no more than this. Drums (Charlie Zeleny), Guitar (Mike Lerner) and Warr Guitar (Colin Marston). For those who don't know what a Warr Guitar is, it's a guitar and a bass in one instrument only. It may have from 7 to 15 strings and it's played vertically, like an acoustic bass, or horizontally, like a guitar. BTA is experimental, techincal and intelligent at the same time. So experimental, that they took a long time to compose three songs. You don't get the guitar and play anything. They thought of every single detail and every single note when composing the songs. Seven, five and four minute songs.

Lyrics — 10
There are NO lyrics in this EP. Any single lyric. And it's because of this that the band's sound becomes more interesting. You don't have to spend 3 months singing with the song and keeping the lyrics in your mind, you just listen to the cd, paying attention to the instrumental, and that's the hard part. Many people don't like instrumental songs. And having the band being instrumental and chaotic, it's hard two times to listen, pay attention to the instrumental and enjoy it, like I did.

Overall Impression — 10
A good example of band that sounds exactly like BTA is Dysrhythmia (side project of Colin Marston, the Warr guitarist). Just listen to their last CD, Barriers And Passages. Nano-Nucleonic most impressive song, for me, is Sensory Amusia. Not because I can play it but, because it's not THAT strange thing. BTA is experimental, technical and intelligent. And it's 100% worth listening.

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