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The Insekt Life Cycle — Schizodelia
(Fruits de Mer , 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-08-20

Schizodelia Cover art

For the first 80 Fruits de Mer fans who purchased the May 2016 singles, FdM threw in a CDEP by The Insektlife Cycle from the Philippines. The CDEP Schizoldelia contains two versions of “Schizodelia,” an instrumental from their first and only album. The CDEP contains two versions, the original and the SGR Remix. The music is strong instrumental progressive rock dominated by drums, so much so that the drums and cymbals overshadow the guitar work. The simple repetitive guitar riff eventually leads to an interesting melody. Near the end of the track the music morphs into progressive jazz fusion and then returns to the riff. To my ears, I do not discern that much of a difference with the remix, other than the tinny sound and some random repeated snippets. Overall the sound is harsher than the original. A bit of judicious sound engineering would help balance each musician’s contributions. I would have to hear their first album in order to render a better review of their music. This CDEP does make make me curious about their other work.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): The Insekt Life Cycle

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