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Control and Resistance [Import]

Watchtower Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars so this is where it came from... April 6 2004
By jm
Format:Audio CD
a few years ago, i discovered this band called Spiral Architect. i immediately fell in love with them. the complex arrangements, the brilliant vocals, and above all the mind-blowing basslines stole my heart upon the very first listen. its what i always wanted to hear: a balanced mixture of fusion and progressive metal. i had never heard anyone like these guys, they were totally original...
...until i discovered watchtower a few months ago. for the record, Spiral Architect ripped off Watchtower for every good idea they had. i was shocked upon my first listen of Control & Resistance. it sounded EXACTLY like Sprial Architect! well, technically Spiral Architect sounded exactly like Watchtower, but whatever...
i just couldnt believe it. these guys were doing it 13-14 years before Spiral architect ever thought about it. ok, enough about this...
about the album. the album is spectacular. for guys like me, its an extremely satisfying listen. fusion chops, prog metal leanings, it really doesnt get much better.
watchtower is my all time favorite progressive metal band, and Control & Resistance is my favorite progressive metal album, bar none. absolutely classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vive l'Anarchie March 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
There may never be another band like Austin's Watchtower. In the wasteland of hairband excess of the 1980s, Watchtower was an oasis of intelligence, talent, and imagination. Nowhere to be found were the idiotic lyrics about sex, cars, and getting drunk. The disingenious 3-chord riffs were MIA. In their place were thought-provoking social commentary and musicianship that was unheard of since the heyday of Yes. Here was a band who combined the heaviness and intensity of thrash metal with the musical sophistication of jazz fusion. Even though they wouldn't exactly dominate the charts, they would be a role model for other amazing bands like Dream Theater, Cynic, Death, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Spiral Architect.
Control and Resistance is Watchtower's second album, after the 1986 debut Energetic Disassembly. Their first vocalist Jason McMaster would leave to join the more commercially accessable Dangerous Toys, and Hades frontman Alan Tecchio would take McMaster's place. Guitarist Billy White would be replaced by ultrashredder Ron Jarzombeck. Jarzombeck's playing sounded like a mad-scientist trying to create his own idea of the perfect guitar player by kidnapping Yngwie Malmsteen, Dave Mustaine, Carl Stalling, and Allan Holdsworth- then trying to fuse them all into one person. Doug Keyser was better suited for funk or fusion - Who needed him when you had bass maestros like Nikki Sixx who just strummed along with the australopithecine guitar chord progressions? Just joking - Keyser laid down a funky groove that made things far more interesting. Rick Colaluca ,in my opinion, was the Neil Peart of the speed metal generation. When so thrash metal drummers were saying, "Look at me, I can play 250 beats per minute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very important but not reminded album Jan. 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album simply was ahead of its time, maybe because Ron Jarzombek was. Most of the complaints go for the vocals, but if you pay attention, the harmony requires those notes. While Metallica felt like thrash metal was over, Watchtower re-created it and made it more complex and giving the foundation to a new genre: technical metal. Bands that followed Watchtower were Cynic, Sieges Even, Spiral Architect and others. The drumming is quite complicated and the bass lines remind me of Fusion pizzicattos. Excelente choice if you like Technical thrash
metal!
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