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Indricothere Indricothere

01. II 02. V 03. IV 04. I 05. III
2008 Gilead Media
Our score 7

by Nick

Colin Marston's great impact on experimental underground music in the last few years is undeniable. With projects ranging from unrestrained tech-metal (Behold... the Arctopus) to inventive progressive rock (Dysrhythmia) to minimalist droning melody (Byla), Marston's display of high technical aptitude has been rivaled only by his broad musical interests. Indricothere is the latest project to add to the list, a solo effort of drum machine driven, progressive metal compositions, falling somewhere in between the often mind-numbingly complex tendencies of Behold... the Arctopus and the groove-laden work of Dysrhythmia. And just like the majority of his previous creative output, this record might be an acquired taste, but it certainly showcases a distinctive style and enough praiseworthy elements to justify its own independent release. "II" begins with a barrage of blast beats and precise metallic riffing, drawing influence from both straightforward death metal grooves and rhythmic experimentation, and soon locks into a closing section of hardcore-inspired riffing rounded out by vocal-like synth lines and some thrashy soloing. "IV" explores slower tempos with a spacious introduction then seamlessly progresses into melodic metal riffs with brief sections of ambience. "I" sports arguably the disc's biggest riff, slowly building before being fuzzed out amongst noisy lead guitar work. Indricothere succeeds due to an intelligent middle ground between riff-centered metal and technical chaos. Listeners unwilling to grasp Behold... the Arctopus' difficult to digest concoction of controlled mayhem and extreme experimentalism will find much more to love with this project. With the exception of this disc's noise-heavy closing track, "III," a great riff is never far away on this release, a quality that makes this record a favorite amongst progressive instrumental metal. Indricothere's only major drawback comes with a bit of predictability associated with the use of a drum machine as the rhythmic backbone. The drum programming is far from a complete letdown, and could actually set a competent example for other drum machine wielding acts, but many of the fills and progressions aren't as engaging as the rest of the disc's offerings. Yet it's clear that Indricothere is a guitar driven project, so listeners won't exactly be picking this up with intentions of dissecting the drumming. But it still makes one wonder about the possibilities of Marston pairing up this combination of stellar riffs and flawless technicality with an inventive, top-notch drummer. Now that band would be fucking unbelievable. Bottom Line: The debut Indricothere release is a must have for fans of Colin Marston's brand of underground experimentalism, as well as something that will pique the curiosity of those interested in riff-heavy progressive music. Drum machine predictability might be the disc's only low point, but it's not nearly enough to offset the rest of this solid album.


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axempire_ 7/10/2008 9:30:15 PM

first post look at this gay album cover

municipalgayste_ 7/10/2008 9:40:13 PM

What a f*cking awful cd. Some jerk filled this guy's head with the idea that he held talent, and now he shamelessly dishes out album after album of pure shit under different band names.

m00k_ 7/10/2008 9:53:37 PM

This shit is pretty boring

sdsd_ 7/10/2008 9:56:15 PM

awesome album id say 9/10 guy is extremely talented and works hard for everything he does.

MarginError_ 7/11/2008 7:24:35 AM

I've been excited to hear this for a while seems to make it promising. But yeah, that album cover is shitty....

adam_oshkosh_ 7/11/2008 10:05:23 AM

Trust me, the cover art rules... It's just hard to see what's going on when it's so small

creamy_gooey_yummy_cum_ 7/11/2008 3:54:50 PM

rub dix

ampsonhigh_ 7/11/2008 6:13:05 PM

"a solo effort of drum machine driven, progressive metal compositions" and then "Yet it's clear that Indricothere is a guitar driven project"... Make up your f*cking mind, dude.

Nick_ 7/11/2008 10:48:16 PM

Perfect! I've been looking for a proofreader. I'll pay you 50 cents of every dollar I make from Lambgoat.

anonymous 7/12/2008 12:51:44 PM

nick can't write for shit lol

anonymous 7/12/2008 4:45:44 PM

I thought this review was pretty good. Although I don't think i'll be downloading this album anytime soon.

tragic_visions_ 7/17/2008 11:38:20 PM

wake me when this gay site stops reviewing gay music, gay

brains__ 8/6/2008 9:31:24 PM

wasn't this album out a while ago? with even worse artwork