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Review: Psychotic Waltz - Into the Everflow
Psychotic Waltz
Into the Everflow

Label: Dream Circle
Year released: 1993
Duration: 52:07
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 14, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Readers Rating
Into the Everflow

Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (10 Votes)

This strange progressive metal outfit produced what is arguably their creative peak with this interesting album. It introduces a more creative psychedelic style to the band's approach. While many consider their previous album A Social Grace to be the best the band has made, I think Into the Everflow has a very slight edge. It has a similar magical adventurous feel to that which Fates Warning's Awaken the Guardian contains. While it doesn't quite reach the absolute majesty of that album, it comes very close.

The songs are consistently shifting and changing at the whim of the band, but always stay contained enough to remain respectable. There is undeniably the influence of the inventive approach of Jethro Tull to be found. The same weirdness is found in the grooves of Psychotic Waltz as well. The vocals of Buddy Lackey really go a great job of giving the songs character and charisma. Into the Everflow actually improves as it progresses. The last regular song on the album, "Butterfly", is the best track here, an ingenious tune. "Hanging on a String" is a ballad that complements the remainder of the material nicely. The music here has appeal because there is nothing else completely like it.

The band shows off their creative skills without overdoing it, which is definitely a strong compliment to a progressive metal band. There is enough variety between the tracks and very few weak moments to be found anywhere. Those searching for overlooked gems from the progressive metal genre will be well served to check this album out.

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