CD REVIEW: Anonymous Bosch: “A binaural triptych”

Posted: April 19, 2011 by samedevice in CDs, Reviews
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Anonymous Bosch – Self-titled

Craig McKenzie

Within a dissected human brain one would see white matter then grey matter embedded inside that. Ironically the white matter is a darker grey than that of its counterpart. When dealing with prog-metal bands one must be ensured that they are ready for a full dissection, including artwork, lyrics, and of course music.

Anonymous Bosch came on the prog scene a couple of years ago and have since become a force in the music community. A play on words, the name is an homage to late surrealist painter Hieronymus Bosch, who himself could be seen as a progressive painter; often portraying religious and moralities through dark and often fantastical portraits, his most famous painting being a triptych (progressive?). To add even more ingenuity to the band name, Hieronymus Bosch was actually born Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken. Those prog-rockers, always keeping our grey matter from rusting.

Their self-titled CD is an interesting read through. The 9 tracks are, on average, four-plus minutes in length. The longer jams show the mature skill for a young band but I feel that the arrangement of the songs early in may be a bit overdrawn on an otherwise strong debut. The CD starts with a 2 minute instrumental “Intro”, followed by the 3:30 minute “Death. Metal. And Blues”. This song really introduces the listener to what they are in store for – a fifty minute ride through a mind-expanding series of time shifts and drugarnaughts. Track 3 clocks in at 8:30 minutes and is also instrumental. Here is where Jesse Couvillon (Keyboard) and Jesse Woodrich (Bass) impress with substantial solo efforts. Although the music is tight, explosive, and overachieving, I really miss hearing classic rock styling wails from singer Corey Woodrich. Within the first quarter of an hour, you hear his voice for roughly 2 minutes.

“Chillum Song” is where Corey really shines. Reminiscence of Slacker-era Dinosaur jr., Sully Erna of Godsmack to an early Scott Stapp come to mind. A young singer with a fully loaded arsenal of classic rock influences. And with a clear production on the track we can get a chance to hear that. Problem is that the next track, “Offspring Back in the Race” doesn’t seem to have the same crisp mix .. leaving Jamie sounding drowned out by the garage walls.

“Pulse of Existence” comes in with a Metallica-esque Master of Puppets era sound, really setting a dark-alley image fit for any after hours stoner ready for the drifting fall onto their couch. The shredding rocket fire guitar of Jamie Couvillon is again brilliant. The last 3 track sprout out an impressive 22+ minutes of a 50 minute disc. Whirling atmospheres up and around, they truly save the largest bang for the last half of the cd. With each each listen you’ll pick through layers of these tracks while they claw at your brain. The counterparts of this band embedding the mysterious Anonymous tag within your grey matter. Three songs that stand solid as a genuine closing track are placed here, side-by-side-by-side. Progressively. Metal. After all, who ever said that a triptych couldn’t be digested binaurally.

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  1. Thanks so much for the review! Ou album is available on iTunes, CD Baby and at Dr. Disc!

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