PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

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Psychotic Waltz is a progressive metal band formed in El Cajon, California in 1988.

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The first incarnation of the band was under the name Aslan, after a character in the novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. With money earned from local shows and T-shirt sales, they recorded a self-titled demo tape in 1986. After discovering another band with the same name, they changed theirs to Psychotic Waltz and recorded a new four-song demo in 1988. In 1990, they debuted with their independently financed debut A Social Grace, which was released in Europe via a licensing deal with the German label Rising Sun Productions. The album was very well received in Europe, being named album of the month in some European magazines. The situation in US was more difficult, as the album was released under the band's own Sub Sonic Records label. With practically no
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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ A Social Grace album cover 3.94 | 33 ratings
A Social Grace
Progressive Metal 1990
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Into The Everflow album cover 3.94 | 27 ratings
Into The Everflow
Progressive Metal 1992
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Mosquito album cover 3.38 | 12 ratings
Mosquito
Progressive Metal 1994
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Bleeding album cover 3.90 | 11 ratings
Bleeding
Progressive Metal 1996

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Psychotic Waltz album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Psychotic Waltz
Progressive Metal 1988

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Live And Archives album cover 2.94 | 4 ratings
Live And Archives
Progressive Metal 1998
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Dark Millenium album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Dark Millenium
Progressive Metal 1999
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ A Social Grace / Mosquito album cover 4.39 | 5 ratings
A Social Grace / Mosquito
Progressive Metal 2004
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Bleeding / Into The Everflow album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Bleeding / Into The Everflow
Progressive Metal 2004
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ The Architects Arise: The First Ten Years album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Architects Arise: The First Ten Years
Progressive Metal 2011

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I Remember / Only In A Dream
Progressive Metal 1990

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ A Social Grace

Album · 1990 · Progressive Metal
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After a brief period under the moniker Aslan which the band had to jettison because the name was already taken PSYCHOTIC WALTZ released their first demo in 1988 and then took a couple years to craft their full length debut release A SOCIAL GRACE. They released the album independently by coughing up their own dough and started their very own Sub Sonic Records. In Europe they scored a licensing deal with Rising Sun Productions and despite not finding an instant connection with a larger audience still managed to receive heaps of praise from the magazine reviews of the day. Metal Hammer and Rock Hard praised A SOCIAL GRACE as one of the best albums in a long time for its bold originality of combining Watchtower type technical precision and ferocity with U.S. power metal influences bringing early Queensrÿche to mind in the melodic vocal deliveries, Iron Maiden gallops and dynamics in their playing style and all coated in progressive thrash touches and one of the biggest surprises, the abnormal for metal Ian Anderson tribute in Buddy Lackey’s singing style and occasional addition of flute. As a result of all these styles melded together, A SOCIAL GRACE is one of the most unique sounding progressive metal albums ever to emerge from ANY era much less the year 1990 when it was released. PSYCHOTIC WALTZ nailed it and delivered all the goods on this debut unlike other traditional metal acts treading down similar paths of increasing progressive and inventive elements. First and foremost all the musicians on board here were masters of their retrospective instruments complementing the greater band sound in perfect unison.

The album begins with the fast and furious duo thrash guitar assault of Brian McAlpin and Dan Rock delivering some of the most intense metal riffs that were rooted in keeping the overall sound melodic but they were also masters of syncopated effects that offered technical tricks and trinkets without steering the band’s sound into abstract Watchtower territory. Through these superbly constructed tracks all performers shine in every arena. Buddy Lackey was indubitably in the same league with Queensrÿche’s Geoff Tate and Crimson Glory’s Midnight. His vocal range is actually more impressive IMHO as he not only wails in the upper registers but has serious control that can tackle several styles in sequence.

Jeff Lords’ virtuosic bass playing skills are noteworthy especially noticeable as the driving force behind the instantly addictive frenzy of “Spiral Tower” which provides a super strong backbone that allows the band to spiral off in various directions around him like a tornado filled with razor blades and nails. Dana Burnell is yet another master of his craft providing some of the most impressive drum abuse skills of the era not only keeping up with the relentless assault of changing rhythms and song structure meanderings but provides creative fills and brilliant orgies of percussion where the snares, toms and cymbals collude to add yet another intoxicating layer of the musical style on board. While the main focus of A SOCIAL GRACE is heavy rockin’ metal segments that infuse an instantly melodic hooked that is laced with progressive touches to steer the listener into WTF territory, there are a few surprises that seem like they dropped in from another universe.

The first surprise is the “ballad” of the album “I Remember.” This is a melodic little number that takes too many liberties channeling Ian Anderson from 1969. While it’s obvious from the very first track that Buddy Lackey’s vocal phrasings are right out of the Jethro Tull playbook, they somehow work well as he adapts them to the heavy metal styles on board. This track is where he leaves the realms of “influence” and enters the unfortunate situation of plagiarism. I dare anyone to listen to this song back to back with “We Used To Know” from Jethro Tull’s 1969 album “Stand Up” and tell me this isn’t the exact same song at least in the main melodic development of the vocals. This little faux pas is the one blemish for me on an otherwise perfect album. It’s not that it’s not performed impeccably, because the song is quite a beautiful interpretation and if credit was given as a JT song then i’d be cool but unfortunately Lackey claims it as his own. Luckily the Tull interplay remains within the realms of “influence” throughout the rest of the album where it works quite well. Another strange anomaly is the following “Sleeping Dogs” which is a strange electronic swirling of synthesized sounds. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be an outro or an intro or just a strange little head scratcher but also reminds me how future bands like Unexpect would incorporate these kinds of things into their sound.

Overall this is an excellent progressive metal album that flows perfectly from beginning to end, crosses all the t’s and dots all the i’s for a totally satisfying experience. The metal aspects take the best of what the 80s had to offer by mixing melodies with technical prowess while delivering thoughtful lyrics, excellent band interactions and total control of tempo changes, time signature developments and even dynamics pacing. If it weren’t for “I Remember” which is too much of a Jethro Tull ripoff despite sounding really well done, i would give this 5 stars, but because this is a prominent peccadillo in my world i can’t award it with a perfect rating, however this is a highly recommended album release that will please any adventurous metal heads who like a lot of nice twists and turns in their music without sacrificing the melodic aspects that made 80s metal so pleasing in the first place.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Psychotic Waltz

Demo · 1988 · Progressive Metal
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After the Aslan demo and name change to PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, the band released their first demo under the new moniker, which came from a friend describing some of the music as a type of “PSYCHOTIC WALTZ”. As the band was already proficient in their new progressive rock sound from the very start, what we get here are four tracks that are already developed for prime time and the fact is that all four tracks would appear on the band’s debut album “A Social Grace” which would grace progressive metal lovers the following year.

The music on this demo showed the band going in a heavier direction with less acoustic guitar passages and hardly any electronic freakout frenzies. As went the heaviness, so did the progressiveness with challenging time sigs, tempos, double tracking and head banging construction. This demo caught the attention of German magazines and ultimately led to the band releasing their independently financed debut album with a licensing deal from the German label Rising Sun Productions.

Unlike the Aslan demo, i find this demo to be a tad underwhelming simply because the production is still of substandard quality and none of these tracks are rare and interesting prototypes of the band. A nice little demo and all but so unimportant it is that even the band found no need to release them as bonus tracks on any of the reissues of their four classic albums however you can find them on the “Live & Archives” compilation.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ A Social Grace

Album · 1990 · Progressive Metal
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"A Social Grace" is the debut full-length studio album by US progressive metal act Psychotic Waltz. The album was released through Rising Sun Productions in November 1990. "A Social Grace" was initally released on both CD, vinyl and picture vinyl. The CD release features 3 bonus tracks, not featured on the vinyl editions. Metal Blade Records picked the album up for a CD re-release in 2004 packed with the band´s third full-length studio album "Mosquito (1994)".

Psychotic Waltz started out under the Aslan monicker in 1985, but changed their name in 1986. The band were initially active in the period 1986-1997 and released four studio albums between 1990 and 1996. They didn´t achive any noteworthy commercial success in their initial run, but gained a strong cult following, that among other things enabled them to tour Europe several times. Psychotic Waltz reunited in 2010.

The music on "A Social Grace" is a guitar- and vocal driven type of progressive metal with US power- and thrash metal leanings. Psychotic Waltz also incorporate psychadelic rock influences in their music, which is quite a unique feature. Keyboards/piano are also used, but they are not dominant on the album, and are typically used in dreamlike futuristic/psychadelic sections or to emphasize an epic atmosphere. It´s the dual guitar attack (the two guitarists very seldom play the same notes, but constantly compliment each other´s lines with harmonies, leads/themes, solos, and other features), the strong and adventurous rhythm section, and lead vocalist Buddy Lackey´s (aka Devon Graves) commanding, challenging and powerful vocals that are the center of attention though. While acts like Queensrÿche, Fates Warning and technical thrash metal acts like Realm and Toxik are to some extent valid enough references, Psychotic Waltz are ultimately a very unique sounding act, with a personal sound.

The material on the album are very well written and quite intriguing. Tracks like the opening trio of tracks "...And The Devil Cried", "Halo Of Thorns", "Another Prophet Song", the power ballad "I Remember" (which features a Jethro Tull influenced flute solo courtesy of Buddy Lackey), the almost futuristic sounding "Successor" (which incomprehensibly is not included on the vinyl version), the heavy "I Of The Storm" and the beautiful "A Psychotic Waltz", are among the highlights on "A Social Grace". The few tracks I haven´t mentioned are also high quality progressive metal tracks, but maybe don´t stand out as much as the first mentioned.

The album features a pretty raw and unpolished sound production (the reverb on the vocals isn´t always that pleasant to listen to, the cymbals are a bit too high in the mix and the guitars a bit thin sounding, just to mention a couple of the minor issues with the sound production), but somehow the sound works well with the music. Maybe because of the adventurous and unconventional nature of the material, but there´s something undeniably charming about how "A Social Grace" sounds despite a few issues with the mix.

"A Social Grace" are one of those albums that you´ll recognise instantly when it comes on. That´s how unique sounding it is. It´s also one of the rare examples of psychadelic tinged progressive metal, which to my knowledge is not a sub genre of progressive metal that many artists play. Just because of that it´s an interesting release, but features like outstanding and inventive musicianship and adventurous songwriting are also great assets that help "A Social Grace" be the seminal progressive metal album from the early 90s that it is. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ Live And Archives

Boxset / Compilation · 1998 · Progressive Metal
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"Live & Archives" is a compilation release by US progressive metal act Psychotic Waltz. The compilation was released through Rough Trade in July 2000. The compilation is a posthumous release as the band split-up in 1997 following a period of musical differences, a strained economy and a lawsuit filed by a former roadie. The band members have since been active in acts like Darkstar, Deadsoul Tribe, Teabag and Cage. While active Psychotic Waltz were quite the cult act with a very dedicated following (especially in Europe) and there was certainly a high demand for bootlegs back then. Which is probably one of the reasons for the release of this compilation.

"Live & Archives" is a two CD set and as the title suggests the first CD is a live concert recorded in Hamburg Germany in 1991 on the tour supporting their debut album "A Social Grace (1990)". This is not a well produced live album that has been altered in the studio afterwards to correct errors but rather a bootleg recording with a pretty bad sound quality, audience noise (you can actually hear the audience talking german and laughing) and lots of shrieks and feedback. In other words this is exactly how they sounded live take it or leave it.

The second CD is archive recordings which for the most part means raw demo recordings and unfinished songs. There are a few well produced songs on that CD but the majority of the songs are not in a very good recording quality.

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It´s always interesting to hear how a band perform on a bootleg type recording and especially how the singer performs. In the case of this recording the performance is passionate and tight. Buddy Lackey sings with great passion and although there is the occasional wrong note being sung this is a great performance by him.

The concert opens with the "Sleeping Dogs" intro and then seques into "I of the Storm". It´s a powerful performance of the latter and a great way to start the set. still great. "Halo of Thorns" follows and it´s an emotional and passionate performance of a great Psychotic Waltz classic. Buddy Lackey sings with incredible amounts of passion and pathos. There are some microphone problems during "Halo of Thorns" and the microphone cord is changed before the band start to play "Nothing". "Nothing" isn´t the strongets Psychotic Waltz track but it sounds great live. After "Nothing" Buddy Lackey speaks to the audience while the others tune their instruments (which you´ll know is highly necessary if you are familiar with how much Dan Rock (guitar) an Brain McAlpin (guitar) use their vibrato arms). He tells the audience that it is both his and the band´ss birthday today and the crowd sing "Happy Birthday to You" with a thick german accent. So sweet (LOL). Psychotic Waltz were founded on the first of july 1986 and this concerts marks the band´s five years birthday.

"...And the Devil Cried" is next song up and it´s probably the most energetic and thrashy song Psychotic Waltz have ever made. It works very well in this version and you can really hear how tight the band were on stage. Some of the fast sections are drowned in the bootleg sound quality but if you know the song you´ll still be able to hear what´s going on. "A Psychotic Waltz" and "Only in a Dream" follow. The first one is a beatiful and epic power ballad and the latter a very melodic song with lots of beautiful guitar harmonies. Buddy Lackey´s vocal performance on "A Psychotic Waltz" is noteworthy for being incredibly passionate and different from the studio version that appears on "A Social Grace (1990)".

Before "Successor" begins Buddy Lackey thanks a german band (I can´t catch the name) for lending them their rehearsal room and dedicates the song to them. "Successor" has always been one of the strangest and most futuristic sounding but also most powerful tracks on "A Social Grace (1990)" and here it´s performed in a very convincing manner. The next song in the setlist is "Strange" and just before the song starts an audience member shouts something that sounds like "cockroach" and to that Buddy Lackey replies: "Shut Up and Dance". Just hilarious and a good example of the friendly contact between band and audience that is apparent throughout the concert. "Strange" is delivered in a powerful version. Note the extremely fast dual guitar leads which are played to perfection. "Strange" is definitely one of the highlights of this live set.

Psychotic Waltz then chose to play "Out of mind" from their, at the time, forthcoming second full-length studio album "Into the Everflow (1992)". "Out of mind" unfortunately drowns a bit in the rather bad sounding bootleg sound. The song is energetic and loud and that´s probably the reason, but it´s one of the weakest sounding tracks here. The flute led power ballad "I remember" was always one of the highlights at any Psychotic Waltz concert and it´s no exception here. This is the ultimate crowd pleaser and the audience is participating by singing along. The flute solo comes of a bit weak though as there are a couple of audio fallouts.

"In this Place" is up next and while it´s one of the least interesting tracks in the setlist, the performance is decent. After the song Buddy Lackey talks about his positive ideals and view on life. Love being a more powerful force than hate and so on. Then into "Little People" from "Into the Everflow (1992)". The song is delivered in a powerful version which ends up being one of the highlights of the set. Before the song starts Buddy Lackey says: "This is our last song for tonight" but is then corrected by one of the other bandmembers, and then makes and excuse to the audience telling them that his setlist is incorrect. Again this is a "down to earth", authentic and live as it gets. Next up is "Spiral Tower" and a cover version of "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles closes the concert.

CD2:

"Flashback into the Abyss" opens CD2 and it´s a rather redundant track IMO. Synth sounds with noisy guitar on top and a touch of post rock. "Burn the Night" is the next track and it´s a melodic heavy metal track wity thrash metal leanings which reminds me of other mid- to late eighties melodic metal/thrash bands like Fates Warning, Savatage, Lääz Rocket, Forbidden and Heathen. It´s a decent track but nothing too special. "To Chase the Stars" is one of the better tracks on CD2. It´s a power ballad where we get to hear the full vocal range of Buddy Lackey. Some of the acoustic guitar sections remind me of the sound on "Into the Everflow (1992)". Compared to the tracks on that album, "To Chase the Stars" is a rather mediocre track.

"Snippet" is a redundant 15 seconds guitar idea. Why anyone would be interested in this is beyond me. This is probably not even interesting to the most hardcore fan. "No glory" is up next and it is in a similar style to "Burn the Night" which means melodic metal/thrash metal that reminds me of Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Savatage and Heathen. The song is decent but nothing special. Then we´re treated to "Spiral Tower" in an early pre-album version. It´s a rather powerful version and definitely worth a listen. "The Fry Tape" is of some interest. It´s an instrumental track with some nice acoustic guitars and loads of Dan Rock´s spacey synths (similar in style to the intro to "Ashes" and "Sleeping Dogs"). There is also a classical influenced section in the middle. It seems a bit unfinished to me but I´m definitely intrigued by this one.

"Successor" is the next track and it´s a version that is very close to the original studio version on "A Social Grace (1990)" just with a more demo type sound. The same counts for the next track "Halo of Thorns". Both tracks are decent but I prefer the version on "A Social Grace (1990)". "The Keeper" is a live track and to begin with I was sure that this was an early version of "Ashes" as the opening riff in "The Keeper" is the same as the one that opens "Ashes", but when "The Keeper" starts for real it´s an entirely different track. But suddenly in the middle of "The Keeper", there are again riffs and sections from "Ashes" featured in the track. "Ashes" was apparently the middle part of "The Keeper" before being seperated into a track of it´s own. It seems like a sensible decision to seperate the two parts as the more heavy part of "The Keeper" isn´t that memorable while The "Ashes" part of the track is pretty great.

"Dan's Fall" is a short jamming live piece where Buddy Lackey tells the audience how guitarist Dan Rock was badly injured due to a fall and how this as a consequence results in Dan only being able to grow half a beard (Dan Rock had a very distinct beard style at the time. take a Look at the band photo on the inner sleeve to "Into the Everflow (1992)" for proof of that). There´s a Zappaesque humour to the whole thing that´s pretty hilarious. "007" is as the title suggests the title theme from James Bond played live by the band. Another redundant and not very entertaining piece.

"Flute Solo" is an Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) inspired a capella flute solo played by Buddy Lackey. It´s a decent piece but nothing too special. The Ozzy Osbourne cover "Diary of a Madman" is another live track. It´s a pretty great cover version and one of the better tracks on CD2. "Pre-Freakshow" is some loose ideas that would be used later in the song "Freakshow" from "Into the Everflow (1992)". It´s not very interesting unless you´re an all consuming hardcore fan. "Clusterfuck Jam" features some parts from the title track of "Mosquito (1994)" but I also think I hear other riffs that I have heard before. This is an intriguing sketch of a song in the respect that it is interesting to hear in which context known riffs were initially used. A real fan thing though. "Unfinished" sounds as the title suggests unfinished. The structure of the song is there but there are no vocals featured on the track and the song lacks details that would make it more complete. With it´s 8:35 minutes of playing time it could have been an interesting listen had it been finished and released in a real studio version. There is certainly promise here. "The Ending" is another rather redundant piece that might not even be interesting to the hardcore fans. With it´s 0:17 minutes of playing time it´s mercifully short though.

Conclusion:

"Live & Archives" is a classic example of a hardcore fan item. There is very little of interest here for the casual listener. Bootleg quality live shows just don´t give anyone else but fans satisfaction and archive material is almost always only for the really hardcore fans too. This means that even though I find especially the live show interesting this is a 2 - 2.5 star (45%) album.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ A Social Grace

Album · 1990 · Progressive Metal
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Almost anybody gave the highest possible rating to the debut record of "Psychotic Waltz" and that's why I got intrigued by the band. As a fan of progressive rock and metal music I expected something outstanding here. In fact, the band really varies from one style to the other and proves their excellent skills, their multiple influences and their creativity several times on this entertaining record. The problem I have with the record is that the whole thing sounds like a compilation record rather than a coherent and well structured album. Their is so much brain inside this record that there is no place for a heart or a soul anymore. The album sounds rather faceless even though it is technically brilliant.

The band convinces most when they are calm and minimalist and focus on a coherent and convincing structure. The amazing "I Remember" that starts as a smooth ballad with some great folk influences and a dreamy flute solo is an example for a truly well done gem on this record. The bonus track "Only In A Dream" gives us also a break from the harder metal stuff and has some jazz and lounge influences that create a truly magic atmosphere. On the other side, the band surprises us with weird experiments. The bonus track "Successor" is a great space metal track with a gripping and original atmosphere. The third and last bonus track "Spiral Tower" is another big highlight with its noisy sound and progressive ideas. The official album closer "Nothing" has a very dark doom atmosphere with nice atmospheric sound effects and truly goes nowehere in the end as it leaves us on a weird note. The calm and smooth as well as the truly experimental tracks entirely convince and work very well together. They are all different but have an original atmosphere that connects them all.

Sadly, the band decided to put some unnecessary technical thrash metal tracks on the record. The opener "...And The Devil Cried" is boring shred music without soul and makes not only the devil cry. "Another Prophet Song" has a horrible vocal work and no focus at all but at least the drumming is outstanding on this weaker track. Songs like "In This Place" and "Strange" are often too technical, too complicated, too ambitious to convince and may only slowly open to the listeners after several hard tries.

In the end, this album convinces me when the band put some emotions in their songs and when they try weird but not too strange experiments that lighten this album up and make it easier too appreciate. Too many technical and heavy tracks disturb the atmosphere of the other songs and prove the band's open minded influences and skills but bury the coherent flow, soul and smooth progression of the other songs. This melting pot, this potpourri, this patchwork record simply doesn't work for me even if more than two third of the songs are truly amazing. That's where I must conclude that this album is indeed very good and worth to be listened to but not as perfect as many people claim. Fans of "Symphony X" and other bands of the same vein should though check this very popular and inspiring album out as a very particular kind of progressive sound has been for the first time fused and created on this record.

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A SOCIAL GRACE is a total masterpiece !
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AWESOME fricking' band!! =D

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