Theory in Practice - _Third Eye Function_
(Pulverised, 1997)
by: Brian Meloon (7.5 out of 10)
While the phrase "Meshuggah clone" might seem a little bit harsh to describe these guys, I think it's pretty close to the mark. While their overall sound is modern thrash, the Meshuggah references are often and blatant. They occasionally use keyboards, and acoustic guitar under the distorted guitars in places, but their sound doesn't vary a lot from their thrash roots. The music is often very technical, perhaps even more so than Meshuggah, but the complexities aren't usually flashy or based upon radical style shifts. Rather, the technicality is buried in a coherent sound, so that you really have to pay attention to the music in order to pick up on them. The musicianship is great: The band is very tight, and stay together well through the myriad of time changes the songs go through. The production is powerful and clear. My only real complaint with this album is its complete lack of originality. Even the guitar solos are completely derivative, with the guitarist usually copping Malmsteen's style (right down to his phrasing and bends), but also including a very Thordendal-esque solo in one of the songs. This is a good effort and is recommended for fans of technical metal (especially fans of Meshuggah), but they really need to pursue a more original approach.

(article published 8/12/1997)


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