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Then Album) violin returns and the song finishes with that style. After three minutes a metal-like rhythm appears, with the always inherent guitar riff. But once again, it only lasts a few seconds because the song is constantly changing, in mood, in Butterfly Song - Garden Wall - Assurdo (CD, time and tempo, etc.
This is one of the virtues of Garden Wall, they really know how to make those dramatic changes, without harming the music, so we as listener do not lose interest. But well, this song is pretty cool, with a delicate flute sound above an electronic background and spoken voice. After two minutes and a half the music almost disappears and only some noises can be heard, creating an ambient of tension; then vocals return and a new structure begins. When you think the song has finished, they surprise us with the last scary and crazy five seconds of noise.
This is a great album by Garden Wall, highly recommendable but I warn you, don't judge at the first listen, you have to give it more chances before you truly enjoy it. Then you will not regret. My final grade will be four stars. Enjoy it! Until I came to this page, I thought I had been lucky enough to stumble on the debut album of a promising young band. The music is fresh and alive, full of ideas and energy.
But the band has a sound that is completely their own, and they pull of the compositions on this album with such deftness that I should have immediately recognised that I was listening to a band who had a number of years behind them spent perfecting their craft.
From the opening lines of "Ipebole", the band makes their statement. The mood is dark and aggressive; the rhythm section snakes in and out of the textures provided by the keys while lead singer Allesandro Seravalle paints dark, bleak images with his raspy, growl-like singing I use growl here more in the animal sense, than the way "growl" is often meant in metal - although there are some growls here as well!
There is a certain Eastern vibe to the music contained on these discs that cannot be denied. But it is not a gimmick, nor does it distract or compete with the rest of the Album). It is an ingredient that one cannot imagine being removed from the whole, but that gives the music a bit of an exotic flavour. Metal lovers, be happy; this is an album with riffs, and there are great riffs.
But they are not the focus of this album, but merely another ingredient used to paint the whole picture; the tracks will abandon them for texture, for sound effect and environment, for melody or for vocals where it is appropriate.
This is not a "loud" album, either, although it does get loud at a few points. Garden Wall make use of quiet and clean sections to give more meaning to what they do when they get loud and dirty.
My favorite track here is Transfiguratofunky. This is one of the louder and more aggressive tracks on the album, but it also features some crazy, high-pitched tribal-sounding vocals mixed in with the riffs and the sound effects to create a truly fantastic element that simultaneously pumps you up and immerses you in the atmosphere. Other highlights include the eerie "Flash", "Re- Awakening" which includes some nice flute and reprises the high pitched vocals from Transfiguratofunky"Negative" and the opener, "Ipebole".
For fans of metal who crave some adventure merged with create playing and compositions, or for adventurous rock listeners who enjoy a bit of metal in the mix, this album is worth a spin. And if you are a fan of prog - then you definitely have to check this album out - it is likely to be one of the top releases of the year. First and foremost it must be said, this is my introduction to the band Garden Wall.
I can not comment on the rest of their discography, however I'm inclined to say this one is different than most. As others have said, the label of progressive metal is not completely accurate for this cd. This album is incredibly eclectic. Metal, jazz, hard rock, prog, experimental musics, atmospheric soundscapes, electronica although not the techno formamongst other sounds drift in and out nearly seamlessly. There are also an array of vocal stylings throughout.
Alessandro Seravalle voice is somewhat deep and ominous, but at the same time very versatile. Case in point, on the first track there was a part that to me sounded very reminiscent of the great Demetrio Stratos of Area fame.
Finally, this album has a very Italian sound to it, that hard to describe but instantly recognizable modern Italian prog sound. No doubt in my mind upon first listening that this album could have been made in any other country. Musically, there are two great strengths to my ears. The use of electronic percussion and electronics which I believe are covered under the soundscapes, synths, and samples banner and the use of a large group of guests on a wide array of instruments.
For me, these elements really make the record stand out in a crowd. All instruments are integrated in a way that doesn't sound contrived or unnecessary. Another high point for me, that is even though the vocals play a significant part of the sound, there are plenty of instrumental passages that show the strength of the musicians of the band. Even when the vocals are present the music in the background still demands attention and isn't just there to serve the voice which is one of my biggest issues with alot of non-instrumental music.
Musically, it is hard to compare this CD with others, as it really is a bubbling stew of musical influences and techniques. Not to say that Assurdo is derivative in any way of course. Everything is combined in a unique way for certain. But overall, I would say that the electronic and avant music influences lead the pack. It's hard to pick out favorite moments here. It feels like one whole work with each song evolving into the next with few declarations that the next song has begun.
All in all, Assurdo is a wonderful, esoteric CD. I feel no qualms calling this modern progressive rock thats more on the Avant-rock side of things without being Avant-rock that's truly Butterfly Song - Garden Wall - Assurdo (CD looking in it's assimulation of sounds, techniques, and musical happenings. If I had a complaint, perhaps it's a bit too long. But, this is a minor quibble overall. The excellence presented here more than makes up for any short comings. The production is crisp and clear, and nothing is obscrued and a good thing that is too.
This is certainly a record that demands modern production skills. Certainly an album that defys the 'prog-metal' tag so don't let that scare you away. However, this is a demanding listen, which, more likely than not, will take a fair number of spins to fully appreciate.
Garden Wall show some real potential here and I hope they can create more albums like this. I will certainly be listening in the future. And of course, many thanks to Claudio Milano for sending Album) this Cd. Philosophy, spirituality and literature are an important source of inspiration too in this concept album about 'absurdity' as Alessandro Serravalle explains in an interview with Murat Batmaz on the site seaoftranquillity.
If we try to catch, to grip the 'real' with a somehow violent mental act of possession which is exactly what the 'technical world' tends to repeat over and over again we'll almost surely lose it As for the lyrics, they do not try to tell a story, they are as touches of colour that are meant to suggest emotions and they swing from Italian to English, to German The opener 'Iperbole' begins with a sudden burst of energy and 'growling' vocals but after a minute the rage stops giving way to an oneiric, psychedelic mood.
You can smell the colours and taste the wind while a musical kaleidoscope leads you to the gates of delirium You're mine! Immortal symphonies The music flows away with many changes in rhythm and atmosphere, there's room for a short organ solo, for a wild, fiery electric guitar ride and for many other surprises The other tracks follow without interruption forming a long suite where moments of peace and reflection are broken by violent bursts of desperate rage Then you have to cross the stream of notes and the vortex provoked by the mysterious power of absence evoked by the ethereal, hypnotic atmosphere of 'Negative'.
Next comes 'Just Cannot Forget', a short passage half way between free jazz and musique concr'te leading to the narrative vocals of 'Flash short'lived neorealism ' You have to walk through the mists of a troubled night following a path that leads to the lucid madness of 'Clamores horrendos ad sidera tollit' where you can listen to a monologue that recalls the late Area's vocalist Demetrio Stratos In 'Vacuum Fluctuation' echoes of Heseinberg's philosophy bounce around you while you risk to lose the contact with reality following the charming notes of a violin coming from east You're worn out, dried up!
The experimental 'Isteroctomia' concludes the album bringing an ephemeral and disquieting peace Well, it's very difficult to describe this excellent work where the absurd walls which usually divide the music genres are completely smashed down. Maybe the beautiful, dark artwork by Giulio Casagrande depicts the atmosphere of this album better than my words Compositions and arrangements are complex and challenging, the individual songs and the album as a whole unpredictable.
Prog-metal and jazz-fusion are but two of many stylistic expressions utilized within the vast musical universe Garden Wall explores, but can to some extent be described as the outer limits. A high quality production by a high quality band, well worth exploring by adventurous progressive rock fans with a vast and liberal taste for all aspects of the genre. In particular by those who treasure productions of a highly challenging and innovative nature. We kick off with the Avant Metal track 'Iperbole', one that crosses genres more frequently then I get cups of coffee in the morning.
Some extreme vocals feature during the dissonant sections, I don't like them much on this album but they aren't a dominating element in the overall sound so they don't spoil the experience.
The Italian spoken words and the spacey use of synths link this a bit to the RPI scene, an impression that gets stronger during the softer sections such as the gentle opening of 'Butterfly Song'. But beware, the album has little ado with what you'd expect from RPI.
The aptly named 'Trasfiguratofunky' couldn't be more different and leaps from industrial metal and Crimsonian avant prog all the way to sleazy fusion funk.
Fun but a bit gadget-y in my opinion. The elegant trip-hop of meets nu. The noisy 'Just Cannot Forget' bridges into a similarly dreamy 'Flash', dreamy, at least till they increase the metal factor again. A nice blues-proggy guitar solo makes the track - if possible - even more schizoid. From then on the album remains in the psychotic mindset of MR BUNGLE's first album, and while I enjoy every individual part, I miss something that makes the pieces of this puzzle fall into place.
Maybe the eclectic mannerisms are a bit too far-fetched for their own good? I would recommend this album to Avant Prog fans rather then metal fans.
I don't know any other works from this band but this album sure warrants further investigation. The quality of this music is downright stellar, progressive metal with so many different flavors it's like some wonderful culinary masterpiece.
I don't know if it has something to do with the language barrier I know very little Italian but the emotions of this album switch around rapidly in my ears in a manner that is nonetheless smooth and interesting.
It has moments that sound like avant silliness, almost a metal Samla Mammas Manna, and there are other sections that sound like Dream Theater in their greatest emotional moments but this happens while Garden Wall creates their own astoundingly unique sound, Album). There isn't much else to say. Sampled words are repeated. A change 2 minutes in then the vocals follow. The earlier soundscape is reprised. A calm less than a minute later as spoken words and atmosphere end it.
A funky rhythm comes in with vocals. It's experimental with percussion later. We get female vocal melodies then those spoken male words return as she continues. A change as dissonant horns come in around 2 minutes. It kicks in one more time. The vocals are insane. In contrast the music after 2 minutes is beautiful.
It kicks into gear after 4 minutes with abrasive vocals then settles a minute later. Creepy spoken words follow then an experimental section comes in and blends into "Vacuum Fluctuation". It turns insane before 2 minutes with vocals then settles back with violin and percussion leading. The guitar lights it up 5 minutes in. Theatrical spoken vocals follow and we get more violin before 7 minutes. There's a cool rhythm here. It kicks in with guitar after 3 minutes.
So good. There's flute and a mellow soundscape 4 minutes in then it kicks back in with yelling a minute later.
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