Ah! The reason I joined this forum!
I don't think they need a second guitarist. Besides Deathrow and Mekong Delta all the classic technothrash bands had one guitar in proud Rush tradition. If you're talking about a few overdubs in a studio, well there are some, perhaps there could be more. But not a constant second guitarist muddying the sound, unless he were extremely good.
There's a special charm in listening to a great guitarist playing 'rhythm and lead' at the same time. Robust chord work and then on the last bar a blazing legato form! I enjoy this lots.
What I find especially alluring is the balance of quirkiness and classica. Not too quirky and not overtly melodic.
Agree. Actually there's some pretty advanced voivody harmonics in parts of these, and there is paid special attention to how riffs 'loop'. Meaning that whenever the guitarist wrote parts he wanted to repeat a lot of times in a row, he made certain that the riff didn't seam back into itself in a way that was predictable, but it wasn't jarring either. Good metric concepts, very nice pauses that accent oddness. Generally very nice mesostructural attention. I'd like lyrics too to know what it's about but can't have it all
Unpollished production helps to expose this feature as well. The »thrashiness«, the »progressiveness« and the »epicness« are well woven together.
Correct! I find the production PERFECT for this. I did normalise +6dB the rip that I downloaded from here because it was too quiet, but otherwise this is robust and breathing. Great for noticing detail, but also heavy fuckin' metal. In some ways this is exactly how I want my ancient metal to sound. Like human beings play it, no metronomes, rugged but with clarity and order. A nice juxtaposition of human and superhuman traits
I would pick it even prior Sieges Even debut, for it is deeper and may open more surprising perspectives.
I'd say you're going too far here. The first Sieges Even has endless structural depth to examine. A few songs in there are absolute gems of song-making, not just riff-making or complication-making
Definitely the most listenable TT release after Control and Resistance. This comes in third though!
Do we know what the people here did after Spectral Incursion? Has anyone contacted them? Is there any other material anywhere?