ARTIST:

THE OCTOPUS SYNDROME

(CANADA)
TITLE:

POST MORTEM

(2022)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Dissonant, Epic, Instrumental, Intimist, Low vocals, Melancholic
"First album of a mysterious entity, The Octopus Syndrome, "Post Mortem" is presented as the soundtrack of a fantastic journey that does not escape some lengths."
ADRIANSTORK (08.09.2022)  
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Behind the mysterious and exotic name of The Octopus Syndrome is a certain Frank R. Anthony, a Canadian multi-instrumentalist from Montreal. He would have participated in the bands Tears For The Dead Gods and Sin On Skin as a bass player. But it is in the depths of confinement (a new commonplace) that The Octopus Syndrome's first album, soberly entitled "Post Mortem", was born.

"Post Mortem" is presented as a long quasi-instrumental journey beyond life. The metal experience of Frank R. Anthony is found in this EP, the guitars (which he shares with Fred Bergeron) are not sparing in decibels just like the drums, very saturated. More progressive than metal, the album is peppered with long luminous moments where an enchanted guitar fights against the ardors of its fellow musicians ('Modern Heroes') or takes majestic and low airs (on 'Black Diamond', the highlight of the album). The use of the keyboards is rather discreet, they intervene only with good reason and bring a touch close to the science fiction. The sequences remain fluid, which facilitates the listening. However, some tracks seem to be on automatic pilot ('On Both Sides Of The River', 'Greetings From The Morgue' in spite of its nice title as well as the 20 minutes long 'The Early Reflections Trilogy'), as if every good idea was exploited to the detriment of any inventiveness. And it is a pity to preach immobility when one makes progressive rock... Conversely, other more promising tracks are brutally interrupted ('Room C-19', 'Modern Heroes').

The singing is assured by a certain Charly Lopez (Alvacast), his voice which sometimes lacks subtlety and power compensates by a voluntary singing. Paradoxically, the vocal parts would have deserved to be more developed to allow a better understanding of the concept. This first album of a mysterious entity is certainly worth listening to. Of course, everything is not perfect, the length and some repetitive musical structures sometimes make the time long, but beyond these obvious and forgivable defects for a first opus, the listening of this album proves to be pleasant and relaxing.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Room C-19 - 0:49
02. Modern Heroes - 3:02
03. Early Reflections P1 - 4:14
04. Dysfunctional Freak Show - 8:45
05. Surrounded By The Middle - 6:10
06. Black Diamond - 3:39
07. On Both Sides of The River - 6:50
08. Star Cluster - 2:08
09. The Early Reflections Trilogy - 20:39
10. Greetings From The Morgue - 5:56

LINEUP:
Frank R. Anthony: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Batterie
Charly Lopez: Chant / Invité
Fred Bergeron: Guitares / Invité
   
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