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Album: Monuments – The Amanuensis

July 10th, 2014

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The Amanuensis
Century Media
23 June 2014

by Ruth Booth

Aside from the whole “music” thing, djent bands are known for two more err things: conceptual exploration – usually of the spiritual or philosophical bent – and, unfortunately, an inability to keep a vocalist for longer than two minutes. Both of these can handle like double-edged swords for a band – certainly that’s the case with The Amanuensis, the second album from progressive supergroup Monuments.

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Album: Chimp Spanner – At The Dream’s Edge

April 19th, 2010

Chimp Spanner
At The Dream’s Edge
Basick Records
12 April 2010

by Andy Parker

Chimp Spanner isn’t a band – it’s a single man, very much in the Nine Inch Nails = Trent Reznor kind of way. The man in question is one Paul Antonio Ortiz: playing every part on the album, recording every note, applying the polish and recently forming a live band (featuring members of Fellsilent) to tour the record, Chimp Spanner is very much a one-stop shop when it comes to technical virtuoso instrumentalism.

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