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Hailing from New York City, Behold… The Arctopus are a 3-piece band that pushes the absolute extremes of technical and rhythmic complexity. The band currently consists of Mike Lerner and Colin Marston, after the recent departure of the band’s original drummer Charlie Zeleny. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band on drums and will be writing “new, more extreme material from scratch.”

Fusing free-jazz, ambient soundscapes, and experimental math metal, Behold… The Arctopus swerve from the logical to illogical with ease. The Warr Guitar, a 12-string instrument that is primarily played by tapping and covers the range of guitar and bass, is the predominant instrument. That in itself is a tremendous oddity, as you rarely ever see such an instrument used in extreme metal, much less in the leading role. There are no vocals, but the density and texturing of their material eliminates any need for words.

Behold… The Arctopus are currently signed to Metal Blade Records via Black Market Activities for their first album, entitled Skullgrid that was released on October 16th, 2007.


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  • OcellatedGod

    Haters are just jealous of this insane masterliness.

    20 Jun 8:51am Reply
  • pervavor

    check out the sawtooth grin and clocal kiss if you're looking for something similar to psyopus. If you like b...ta you'd possibly like colin marston's other projects - indricothere, dysrhythmia, and krallice.

    21 May 3:21am Reply
  • KazerPowa

    YES. LOVE THIS. Finally found something similar to PsyOpus

    4 May 5:38am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Ron Jarzombek is about the only person that can do hypertechnicality in enjoyable ways for me, personally. That said, BLotted Science is fucking brilliant.

    6 Feb 4:12pm Reply
  • pervavor

    and just as reference, Mike and Colin's side projects

    31 Jan 12:11am Reply
  • pervavor

    well it was written by Walter who's new to the band but not the style. Colin and Mike can obviously care less what anyone thinks... which is cool because that means they're writing for themselves and their enjoyment. their sound reminds me of a mixture of classical and 90s videogame. I remember seeing Colin updating the SNES games he was playing through on his myspace before skullgrid.. which is when I started associating their sound as so. Even though it sounds more suitable for Ron Jarzombek, I'd love to hear Colin (Indricothere) or Mike (Direwolf) cover Contra III - The Alien Wars nesting in the sands or the old cyber steel mill.

    31 Jan 12:00am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Alright, so there is a method to their madness then. It just sounds like trying way too hard from guys that really don't have to and too dissonant for me to find it pleasant. The way they compose is just very avant garde then I suppose, and it just kinda sounded like an amusingly clusterfuck train wreck. I actually give props for their directness, it's nice hearing a band give a direct fuck you when they're irritated.

    17 Jan 6:19pm Reply
  • pervavor

    because you hear zero structure, doesn't mean that it isn't there. here's a good example, posted by b...ta on their facebook last year they're also currently working on a book of scores which will break each song down.

    17 Jan 4:42pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    The thing is, these guys are so talented they suck now. I hear zero structure, it's the work of people trying so hard that the art just suffers entirely in the end.

    17 Jan 5:35am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    You know, I heard their old material and thought "This actually seems very well thought out..." After listening to Horrorscension, I have lost all fucking respect for these guys haha. I never knew music theory mastery detached from composition could be so horrific.

    17 Jan 5:31am Reply
  • roadkillfacepnt

    i think i might love Horrorscension more than their other albums, and that's saying a lot, because i fuckin' love Skullgrid to death

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jmedran

    This band doesn't get enough appreciation. There should be more bands like it. They sound like cartoon metal.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sssssssev

    "Fusing free-jazz"? C'mon now, it's clearly very through-composed, and free jazz is improvised music.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • HaveHeart1k

    well whats the point of this

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • roadkillfacepnt

    holy shit i'm only 2 tracks in but Horrorscension is wild af

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Amaterasu123456

    Completely obnoxious, chaotic and dissonant.. and I'm fucking loving it. Great production values too, rarely see that on CD's/MP3 these days.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Shadow-Run

    Бездушное говно.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • negaoix

    weasel walter changed the sound of TBA for the same sound of The Flying Luttenbachers albuns.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • sleeplesstown

    That new album cover is fuggin ridiculous. I've never been a big fan of this band but I'll give it a spin just for that.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • El_Grml

    After Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning they keep going downhill. [2] sad but true ...

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
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