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Illogicist is a technical/progressive death metal band from Italy.

Illogicist is a violent sonic combination of technical ability, rhythmic asymmetry, melodic sickness and lyrical frustration created to reflect a dynamic and emotional vision of suffering and introspection, a mix of sonic violence and technical intent

After the release of tho EP, "POLYMORPHISM OF DEATH" 2001, and "DISSONANT PERSPECTIVES" 2002, and after a strong promotion in the italian uderground scene, mainly accomplished with live performances, Illogicist signed a deal for his debut full-lenght album with the american label Crash Music Inc, ex Pavement Music, and the band realised a new recording session in november 2003 at Luca Minieris own Dissonant Studio. After recording session the band flew to Helsinki in December 2003 to mix and master at legendary Finnvox Studios, with Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila,the album titled "SUBJECTED", released by Crash Music Inc. in July 2004.

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.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Technical Death Metal 2004
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The Insight Eye
Technical Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.51 | 3 ratings
The Unconsciousness of Living
Technical Death Metal 2011


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ILLOGICIST The Unconsciousness of Living

Album · 2011 · Technical Death Metal
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"The Unconsciousness of Living" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Italian death metal act Illogicist. The album was released through Willowtip Records in November 2011.

The music on the album is technical death metal. It´s not of the brutal kind but rather a very nineties Death (the band) influenced type of technical death metal. The influences is actually worn so much on the sleeve that the music at times could be mistaken for being Death playing. That will probably please some fans of that particular band but personally I think Illogicist badly need an identity of their own and it has some impact on my overall enjoyment of the album. There´s no discussion that the music is well played, well produced and as such well composed, But I stand by my words when I say that there is little here that can be called original. You got the fast death/thrashy riffing, techncially well played guitar solos, sneering high pitched growling, semi-progressive song structures and a very skilled rythm section.

The well playing band and the overall professional production and songwriting does warrant a 3.5 star (70%) rating, but if you are not content with listening to what is basically a Death clone (hell the vocalist even sounds like Chuck Schuldiner did in the mid-nineties), I´d get my technical/progressive death metal kicks elsewhere.

ILLOGICIST The Unconsciousness of Living

Album · 2011 · Technical Death Metal
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Conor Fynes
'The Unconsciousness Of Living' - Illogicist (7/10)

Illogicist stole my heart a couple of years back with their second album 'The Insight Eye'. With technical ferocity, strong hooks in the songwriting, and an organic sense of production that seemed to go against the trends of modern tech death, I found myself very impressed by what these Italians could conjure with a style of metal I usually do not find so appealing. 'The Unconsciousness Of Living' is Illogicist's third effort, and they are in form, more or less. Again, this band releases some very chaotic and cerebral death metal; very much the same thing that they have done before. It is for this very reason that despite Illogicist's consistent technical wizardry, I don't find myself quite as drawn towards this album as I did their earlier work.

Had I not heard the work of Illogicist before, I could see myself falling in love with 'The Unconsciousness Of Living'. The music that this band makes may be best aligned with the progressive, philosophical sounds of a band like Death, but Illogicist's sound can be defined and distinguished apart from their peers, and that is something I would not say often for death metal. The band has a very dynamic sense of rhythm in their music; each of these songs sees the band go from slower, gloomy chugging, to near-thrash intensity. All of this is bound by a real sense of composition in Illogicist's music. The time signature changes here are fast and frequent, and fans of highly technical metal will find a treasure chest of well fleshed out ideas here. The band's ability to play and perform these riffs is no slouch either; guitarists Ambrosi and Minieri wow me with a seemingly unrelenting barrage of off-time riffs. The bass work in the album is phenomenal, and Illogicist make the bold statement to have their bassist clearly heard in the mix, and only to their benefit. The drumming of Illogicist is the most conventional aspect of the band's sound, but well played. I would have more good things to say about Alessandro Tinti's work if the mixing had not sought to push it so far into the background.

Really, Illogicist's work here is incredible, from a technical and compositional perspective. Even so, the fact remains that nothing has changed from 'The Insight Eye'. Over the course of years, one would think that the band may have added a new degree or development to their music, but no; I am hearing almost the exact same sound as I did before, and instead of loving every second of it, I get a somewhat disappointing sense of deja vu. Splitting hairs, there is more of an emphasis on technicality here, but I find that this comes at a loss of the hooks that made 'The Insight Eye' such a delight for me. With repeated listens, large aspects of this album's sound become recognizable and familiar, but I would have maybe preferred to have heard a little more variety and sense of surprise on the record. Also worthy of mention is the fact that throughout the entire album, I think I only heard one guitar tone, that being the same one that the band has used in the past. The positive angle of this is that Illogicist do have a strong grasp of one sound, but the lack of variety fails to inspire me the way my first experience with the band did.

This lack of progress forward aside, 'The Unconsciousness Of Living' is an incredibly accomplished technical death metal record, and its positive aspects- of which there are many- cannot be ignored. Someone who has not yet heard this band should be amazed by what Illogicist offers, and even to existing fans such as myself, their work here certainly does not disappoint. With a twist or slightest change in their formula however, I think I would have been a lot more impressed.

ILLOGICIST The Insight Eye

Album · 2007 · Technical Death Metal
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Conor Fynes
'The Insight Eye' - Illogicist (8/10)

Now this is something that really deserves the label 'progressive death metal.' Blistering rhythms, harsh vocals and technical showmanship all come out to play here, and what comes out of the deal is a heavy monster of a work, that while not having much variety in terms of dynamic; is filled with intellligence in all of it's atonal, schizophrenic beauty.

One of the things that really stood out to me (to the point of blowing me away) was the perfect integration and counterpoint of guitar/bass riffage. While most bassists have the dubious honour of being little more than a figure on stage being almost too quiet and droned out to hear, the bass gets plenty of time to pop up and amaze, in between the technical guitar parts. The rhythm guitars are everything you would expect; polyrhythmic and strange chords abound. With the lead generally throwing a layer of extra 'melody' on top, it ends up feeling like a pretty complete work from a technical metal perspective. The vocals -while certainly upholding the tradition of death metal- are not especially memorable and seem to fade behind the brilliant instrumental work being done. While Illogicist does not have many 'catchy' melodies at work here, that is not to say it is not memorable; there are plenty of moments here that really struck a 'chord' with me, and I couldn't help but press the 'rewind' button back a few seconds to have my mind blown again.

While other bands of the genre like Opeth and Cynic earned the progressive label by adopting different styles into the mix and adding a dash of melody, Illogicist sticks to a purely metal theme and elaborates on it. To this effect, some might not want to listen to forty minutes of an unrelenting metal onslaught, but if you have an independant appreciation for metal on it's own, then this is certainly to check out.

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