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Psyopus - Our Puzzling Encounters Considered
Jesus, where to begin reviewing an album like this? I’m not even gonna search for background info, because I don’t want to know which sick region of the world spawned this group of extraterrestrial freaks. Yes, I’m talking about Psyopus. And for some reason they made a new album. And it’s called; Our Puzzling Encounters Considered. Catchy.
Catchy is a word that Psyopus has probably never heard of at all. From the start of the album up till the horrific ending the band terrorizes your ears in a way that I wouldn’t call mathcore anymore. While a band like Car Bomb drives the mathcore into the extreme with the use of rhythmic tricks, Psyopus makes work of the extreme fast solo-like guitar parts that basically no one can really follow. It resembles Steve Vai on LSD, and don’t think anyone wants to hear that.
I don’t really understand why I enjoy torturing myself with this discomforting and scary music, but I guess that if I don’t understand it, I like it. Especially when it’s noisy and aggressive. And it has a sense of humour, which can be detected quite easily. For example the first song is called ‘The Pig Keeper’s Daughter’ and it features samples of a moaning girl with pig squeals in the background. Quite sexy (and it was actually an idea we had for our band Tankslapper).
Like on their previous album, Ideas Of Reference, they have some tracks on which the distortion is gone and it’s almost easy to follow. The playing is still quite the same, but it’s not aggressive as the rest of the album. And then there’s the hidden track. It starts out with a girl talking about someone, and the last word she says is annoying. And that’s repeated like 20 minutes or so, and then the real hidden track kicks in. They actually play some music (quite ridiculous music I must add), while the vocalist is telling stories about driving his scooter with a boombox on the back, sipping his beer, just bullshitting basically. Very funny ending to an impossible album.
If you’re into the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cephalic Carnage, Dysrhythmia and god knows what other horribly technical band, be sure not to miss this one. Buy it, make reservations at a mental asylum, take shelter under a table, wear a helmet and press play. Enjoy!
Psyopus - Our Puzzling Encounters Considered
90/1001Details Metal Blade
Released on Tuesday Feb 20th, 2007
Worse than Mathcore

Writer @DemonDust on Sunday Apr 1st, 2007

Tags: #Psyopus
Tracklisting 1. The Pig Keeper's Daughter
2. 2
3. Scissor Fuck Paper Doll
4. Whore Meet Liar
5. Insects
6. Imogen's Puzzle pt. 2
7. Play Some Skynyrd
8. Kill Us
9. Siobhan's Song
10. Happy Valentine's Day
11. Our Puzzling Encounters Considered
Line up Adam 'King Auggie' Frappolli - vocals
Christopher 'Arpmandude' Arp - guitars
Fred Decoste - bass
Jon Cole - drums