PSYCHOTIC WALTZ — A Social Grace (review)

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ — A Social Grace album cover Album · 1990 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Psychotic Waltz’ debut album A Social Grace is a high-quality Prog Metal affair with nice splashes of Power Metal and Heavy Metal, and an overlying fantasy/philosophical nature to it. The technique and songwriting are above average, with each musician having a good amount of precision and skill to show off. There are also a decent amount of simpler, beautiful segments and speedy aggressive parts that break things up nicely.

As far as Prog Metal goes, it’s pretty generic, which is a fair bet for anything this old, but everything is done well and there are no weak tracks barring the interlude. Nothing groundbreaking, no masterpiece, but a very fine cut of metal indeed.
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
55 days ago
This is definitely a band that takes a while to acquire the taste. Hope it clicks with you eventually. It didn't for me at first but it did intrigue me so i kept revisiting and eventually it resonated. Watchtower was definitely an influence!
55 days ago
I listened to it at least 10 times. It's a great album, but it didn't have staying power for me. The track "I Remember" sounded unique and "Only in a Dream" had some awesome riffs, but the rest was very samey for me. My reviews are purely my opinion and based on my tastes, and this did not have a sound that stood out to me. Tech Thrash Prog had been done before (and much better imo) by bands like Watchtower and Voivod. Just a matter of taste my friend, not comprehension.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
57 days ago
Exactly. To call this generic means that it was most likely listened to a very few times. This is a complex album that takes time to comprehend. Generic? LOL
UMUR wrote:
57 days ago
I can´t say I agree much with this review either...but as always to each his own, and I always find it interesting to hear what others have to say about releases I have an extensive knowledge of. I´ve literally listened to this album hundreds of times.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
57 days ago
Generic? Mixing technical thrash metal with psychedelic rock and progressive folk isn't generic at all. In fact of the thousands of albums i've heard, absolutely nothing compares with the intricate compositional style presented on this one.


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