Friday, May 20, 2016

Cyborg Octopus "Learning To Breathe"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
1. Data_M1nefield (7:23)
2. Divine Right In D Minor (4:31)
3. Shark Pit (2:47)
4. Baptism Of Clay (4:49)
5. Bitter (4:53)
6. DiscoBrain! (3:53)
7. Epiphany (8:10)

Total Time 36:26

David Wu - Guitar
Tommy Logan - Drums
Patrick Corona - Keys, Sax, Backup Vocals
George Lallian - Bass
Ian Forsythe - Vocals
Bobby Carroll - Guitar
Jonathan Neel (4)
TJ Vasquez (5)

Cyborg Octopus seem to come at it all from a heavier angle than some of the bands already mentioned, having the root of their sound more in metalcore than old school progressive rock (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those). Between the Buried And Me also came from the same place, after all. On top of that, they build a framework of genre-bending experimentation taking from neoclassical, technical death metal, hardcore (“Shark Pit” is basically a metallic hardcore song), ska, funk and more. This might sound disjointed, but it’s all actually quite tame and well-integrated. It never feels like the band go on these wild tangents that are added for the sake of being wacky, instead they’re there because they fit the core of the band’s sound. The band has made these elements a part of their main repertoire instead of dabbling with them.
Read the full review by Noyan Tokgozoglu at heavyblogisheavy.com



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