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Gordian Knot - s/t (9,5/10) - USA - 2000

Genre: Progressive Metal
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Playing time: 58:13
Band homepage: Gordian Knot

Tracklist:

  1. Galois
  2. Code/Anticode
  3. Reflections
  4. Megrez
  5. Singularity
  6. Redemption's Way
  7. Komm Susser Tod, Komm Sel'ge
  8. Rivers Dancing
  9. Srikara Tal
  10. Grace
Gordian Knot - s/t
Now this is a first.

A Progressive Rock/Metal super-group not hell-bent on displaying disgusting musical prowess! Led by former CYNIC bassist Sean Malone, and featuring members from DREAM THEATER, KING CRIMSON and WATCHTOWER, what you get is a stunning release where songs are able to take you to worlds hidden deep within your dreams.

This band shows you why it is a good idea to learn musical theory. Music is supposed to be the extension of one's soul and mind, a non-linguistic way for a person to display his/her emotions and thoughts. What the knowledge received from the musical theory will facilitate is the expression. An easier time you will have communicating via music if you know the science behind note relations. It's that simple.

Happiness, melancholy, serenity, lucidity, confusion, relief, all being present without the utterance of a single word.

The band manages to mix Jazz, Rock, Metal, Fusion and create something new. Putting something like this into words is probably the biggest challenges I've ever had working for TMO. I just can't describe this, because I don't know what angle to take it from. By me dissecting each song for mood, instrumental nuances and dynamics, sound analysis and such, I will lose the majesty of the album's whole. Describe the album as a whole, and the uniqueness of the album will be lost.

So I'll leave you with this: This album will amaze you both with it's musical ingenuity and simple display of emotion. (Online June 4, 2003)

Armen Janjanian



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