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THE FRACTURED DIMENSION

Towards The Mysterium

Release:  2008

Label:  Independant

Avantgenre:  Classical Avant-Jazz Metal

Duration:  62:06

Origin:  USA

Official site:  http://www.thefractureddimension.com/

Review online since:  04.03.2009 / 13:11:10

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Alexander Scriabin influenced a number of great acts through his work; Prokofiev, Stravinsky and, more recently, American avant-garde metal band "The Fractured Dimension". In the 2008 album "Towards The Mysterium", Scriabin's influence is put alongside that of jazz-fusion paramounts The Mahavishnu Orchestra and progressive masterpieces such as Watchtower's "Control and Resistance" to form a very unique and eclectic brand of metal.

The music is based mostly around the piano/keyboard musings of Jimmy Pitts (guest on Spastic Ink's "Ink Complete" and member of the sorely under-rated black metal band Scholomance), who can easily stand aside the instrument's greats in terms of compositional and technical skills. He switches easily between the classical sound of tracks such as "Piano Improv Take 1" and the jazzy, tribal cascades in "Slendro" while still sounding convincing and genuine.

One of the major features of this record is the guest performances, and the band certainly haven't held back in that department. Featuring twelve guests including such wizards as Ron Jarzombek, Mikhal Caldwell and Marcel Coenen, a very broad set of skills and sounds are heard.

This may, however bring me onto the main (read small) downfall of the album. Although every track is very impressive, and catchy when is required, the vast amount of styles on this album fail to blend properly with each other. The contrast between the saxophone-driven jazz of "PRISIM I", the mellow, clean tones of "Out Of The Summer Sky" and the progressive, metallic acrobatics of the title track are so extreme that they could be done by completely different bands.

While not exclusively and truly a "metal" album, the mixture of styles, use of melodies and instrumental skill on display are refreshing, innovative and challenging which is becoming increasingly hard to find in metal releases currently. The inadequacies of this album are so far outweighed by the thought and craftsmanship put into it that they are made almost negligible. If you are a fan of avant-garde metal, jazz or 20th-century and romantic era composition, then I urge you to search out this release, the band needs it and so does your collection!

Simon Brand



TRACKLIST:

01 - Prelude
02 - Towards The Mysterium
03 - PRISM I. Reflection
04 - PRISM II. Refraction
05 - Fibonacci's Notebook
06 - Strangeness
07 - The Mathematics Of Divinity
08 - Out Of The Summer Sky
09 - Worshiping Slonimsky In A Ravellian Mood
10 - Piano Improv Take 1
11 - Falling Down Stairs
12 - Despair
13 - Fractured Are The Nine Principals
14 - Slendro: An Improv For Lane
15 - Reiteration And Extemporaneous Noodling
16 - Preparatory Action
17 - Lecture

 

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