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Review: Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia
Blotted Science
The Machinations of Dementia

Label: EclecticElectric
Year released: 2007
Duration: 57:12
Tracks: 16
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 28, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
The Machinations of Dementia

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

Featuring Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower/Spastic Ink) on guitars, the talented percussive skills of Charlie Zeleny (Behold... the Arctopus) and the severely underrated bass talents of Cannibal Corpse's Alex Webster, Blotted Science sound like a technical metal fans wet dream come true on the face of things. Sounding somewhat like you'd imagine the members combined input to sound (i.e, ultra progressive, down-tuned technically challenging music with weird time signatures, all perfectly executed with metronome-like precision), Blotted Science certainly give an impressive musical exhibition of the highest caliber. But that is literally all it is...

Bearing in mind this is an entirely instrumental album which runs for nearly an hour in length, I didn't find it particularly easy to digest in one sitting. However, when broken into smaller chunks, it makes for a much more manageable listen. 'The Machinations of Dementia' is also a concept album (yes, an instrumental concept album - whatever next?), with each of the sixteen tracks named after the physical mind and its inner working (as well as its occasional failures and disorders). With lyrics, this probably would've been great, but it seems kind of pointless without in my opinion (apart from the fact that they wanted to name the super-complicated tracks after a super-complex organ). Perhaps I'm missing a deeper point, but I'd say the lack of vocals is possibly the most annoying factor here.

This isn't accessible music at all, and it took me a good few spins before I could even say I actually got anything out of it at all. There's certainly no rhythm regular enough to allow a single headbang, and no riff repeated often enough to warrant 'catchiness', so it's understandably going to leave a lot of metallers cold. But with that said, the fans of such crazed music as Spiral Architect and Spastic Ink will lap this up.

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