This release leaves me somewhat perplexed, as in true The End fashion; it’s not your average run of the mill CD.
Although you could say that their style is rooted in Progressive Metal, this isn’t going to bring about memories of “Images and Words”. Actually, various things bring up vague comparisons, but they’re hard to place, the only obvious one is WINDS, especially vocally.
The problem is, some parts of this disc just don’t flow. The end to “Mandaughter” just seems to drone on for too long and a track like “Mausolos” is just a waste. As a 1 minute intro it would have been a throwaway, but as a full-fledged song is just makes me raise my eyebrow.
When it’s good, though, it’s very good. Songs like “Curtainraiser” and the surprisingly heavy “Sins of Omission” really highlight the bands technical ability and creativity, but it can be a somewhat difficult listen at times. The overall tone of the disc is a little uneasy, but in a way that grabs your attention instead of one that puts you off and everything seems to play around that.
Although so far FRANTIC BLEEP seem to be somewhat of a mixed bag, the good more than makes up for the bad and “The Sense Apparatus” is definitely a worthwhile lesson. (Online March 14, 2005)