Thursday, February 4, 2010

Initial Impressions: Watchtower: Energetic Disassembly

Watchtower is another band from the 1980's. Watchtower, along with Anacrusis, was one of the first thrash metal bands to begin incorporating progressive metal elements in their music. Arguably, Watchtower may have hit upon this mixture prior to Anacrusis. The band is yet another 1980's band that broke up in the early to mid 1990's when metal was not selling very well, only to reunite some time later.

Watchtower has been getting some more publicity in recent years. Decibel recently inducted their 1989 album into its Hall of Fame and metal fans have been discovering the band.

The music is essentially a combination of Bay Area thrash with Rush-style prog-metal. The music is complex with frequently changing riffs and swirling guitar leads. The drumming is complex and the bass has some occasional elements similar to funk. The vocals sound similar to those of other thrash wailers and sound most similar to Phil Anselmo's higher pitched vocals on songs like "Domination" and "Heresy".

This is a really good album that kind of got lost in the shuffle of great 1980's metal. It's a good thing that this band has developed a cult following that has allowed it to reform and continue assaulting the ears of listeners.

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