Frantic Bleep - _Fluctuadmission_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
With some discs that arrive in my mailbox it's just obvious it's going to be at least a mildly weird experience, and Frantic Bleep are one such case. Describing this demo is not easy, as it mixes a lot of influences with considerable creativity by the band to produce a varied yet consistently unusual result. The music is never very extreme and generally hovers towards the experimental, with sound effects and jagged riffs everywhere, but it can get reasonably heavy and feature some distorted vocals as well as the more common clean ones. Some of the guitar and keyboard leads and vocal passages vaguely bring to my mind present day Arcturus, some others even more vaguely Solefald or the reasonably obscure Oxiplegatz, without ever really being close enough for any of these bands to really come across as a major influence for Frantic Bleep. These Norwegians are obviously determined to do their own thing and unleash their creativity. This isn't to say the music is so overly experimental it will leave you bewildered and confused throughout; in spite of all, it does remain reasonably focused and chaos never really takes control. Sound quality, songwriting complexity and technical execution are all perfectly acceptable for a commercial EP, let alone a demo; add to that a considerable level of creativity, and I'm impressed.


(article published 28/4/2003)

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