"Goodbye Mr. Wanton" (Basement Apes/Radar Swarm; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

For no reason whatsoever Superstatic Revolution’s “Goodbye Mr. Wanton” sat within my pile of obligated reviews from almost a year.

“Goodbye Mr. Wanton” offers a diverse riff-heavy foray into modern technical metal that crosses and expands existing metal boundaries. Superstatic Revolution are definitely on the artistic side of heavy metal without sacrificing any heaviness. Riffs rule the day although Superstatic Revolution isn’t afraid to get chaotic and atmospheric when necessary.

Disjointed? Yes. Progressive? Yes, by most accounts. Boring? No.

“Goodbye Mr. Wanton” is very angular, with surprises at every turn, creative arrangements, and a host of catchy moments amidst the musical attack. This all leads to a very satisfying effort – even if it takes a few listens to get used to it.

Superstatic Revolution offer a lot more on “Goodbye Mr. Wanton” than their 2002 split CDEP with Submerge suggested. Of course, it had been three years and I’m sure artistic development was a given.

Superstatic Revolution could easily be compared to Botch, Converge, or The Dillinger Escape Plan but also references artists like Isis or Pelican.  However, I think this French band would rather you make up your own mind about their musical exploits.

Information on Superstatic Revolution is hard to find. However, most evidence suggests the band is a trio.

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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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