"Schizoid" (Self-released; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Imagine what would happen if Les Claypool or Frank Zappa were the masterminds behind Pink Floyd or, perhaps even better, Dream Theater. That's the sound you'd find on Psycho Symphony's "Schizoid."

Progressive rock with a dose of chaotic insanity thrown in, this two track tour-de-force runs just over 20 minutes long (Track One is almost eight minutes; Track Two is almost thirteen), but its seemingly free-form flow will have you captivated throughout. You're never sure where "Schizoid" is going next and, just when you think you are, it takes a completely different route. It's kind of like watching an old David Lynch movie: You're not really sure what's going on but you can't take your eyes off of it. Something about it is hauntingly entertaining.

"Schizoid" might not be the kind of CD you can listen to often, but it is the kind of music that will offer you something different each time you do listen. It may not be for everyone, but those who appreciate its unique kind of artiness will find much to explore here.

Psycho Symphony: Gabor Gindele - drums; Emil Gherasim - guitars, vocals; Robert Gindele - bass; Attile Mogyoros - guitars.

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"Silent Fall" (Self-released; 1997)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Psycho Symphony's "Silent Fall" is free form, jazz-infused metal. A torrent of sound virtually explodes from this release and, if you're bored listening to this, you must be dead. 

"Silent Fall" reminds me of Frank Zappa and Les Claypool; however, Psycho Symphony has a harder edge to their presentation. It may even be a little more peculiar than Zappa and Claypool and, hence, a bit too out there for me. Still, although it may not be my cup of tea, I do like the strangeness of it and I do respect the talent and daringness of the band. You've got to like any band who calls themselves a "Psychedelic Progressive Metal Band from Transylvania."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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