Clock Paradox – Egotheism

Finnish progressive death metal. Quite a mouthful really isn’t it? And even more so if you take it in the form of Clock Paradox’s debut album, Egotheism. You may already know these guys from their 2010 promotional release The Five Precepts. If you aren’t so familiar then don’t worry; their new release is still the perfect starting point for picking up on this bands particularly avant-garde style. Egotheism

The best thing about Egotheism is all the songs sound genuinely unique. Clock Paradox give every song a little something special or out of the ordinary for this particular genre to give it this individuality; whether it be the slightly gothic opening on Virtual Compassion or a crushing slow, chugging riff in The God Complex which we guarantee you’ve never heard the likes of before. But it’s this tactic that pushes Egotheism to the edges of the progressive metal and see’s influences of all other styles seeping in.

All in all, Egotheism has very few faults. Other than being perhaps too experimental at times makes certain parts of certain songs sound messy it stays consistent in belting out dead heavy riffs and appeasing the ear off any regular progressive metal fan. Then again, at the same time it succeeds in being different to every other progressive metal record out there whilst seemingly keeping affirmed roots in the genre. Clock Paradox have left a very individual mark with their debut album and here’s to them sticking to their unique style for many years to come.

 

8/10

 

Line Up:

Jouni Koskela – Vocals
Antti Karhu – Guitars
Jyrki Hiltunen – Guitars
Timo Tyynismaa – Bass Guitar
Jani Kuorikoski – Drums

 

Track Listing:

1. Virtual Compassion

2. In the Flesh

3. Machine Mind

4. Cleansing Self

5. The God Complex

6. Void

7. Origo

8. Paradigm

About Del Preston

So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweet shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me and Keith Moon and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweet shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shop owner and his son, that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business really. But sure enough, I got the M&Ms and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.
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