Control and Resistance Import
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...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.
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.Read more ›
Basically, take 2 parts old-school Rush and one part frustrated jazz profs on crack. Add a splash of Steve Vai and a pinch of thrash on acid, and you might begin to start getting a picture of what these guys are about. Everyone in this group overplays. Let's get that straight from the get-go. The drums (Rick Colaluca) are completely over-the-top, the bass parts (Doug Keyser) sound like they're taken right out of jazz fusion 101, and the guitars (Ron Jarzombek) are pulled straight from the Allan Holdsworth school of legato phrasing. Top it off with Alan Tecchio's unbelievable vocals, an octave above where most mere mortals can hear, and you've got a collection of start-stop, turn on a dime, time changes, whirl-wind guitar solos, and jazz fusion combo arrangements that's enough to make the profs at GIT sit up and take notice. And, don't get me wrong, this album rocks! It's not just a flurry of scales and technical artistry. This is definitely one of the best Metal albums ever.
I've been a fan of these guys since the mid-eighties and keep this C.D. in rotation almost constantly. If you're into what I call "musician's music", you owe it to yourself to buy this disc. It's unbelievable. Also check out Ron Jarzombek's solo projects (available only on his website: [...]
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Do you mean to tell me people actually listen to this noise?! So what the guys shred their guitars, what does it matter when the songs sound like complete chaotic crap? Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Captain_Blade
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Daniel V. Gomes