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Spiral Architect

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by JonnyLentilbean, Apr 16, 2002.


  1. hello everyone. i'm wondering if anyone here knows of the bassist from SPIRAL ARCHITECT. for those who don't know, they are an awesome prog/jazz/metal band from norway. that bassist is very remarkable, i think his name may be lars norberg? i could be wrong. any help?
     
  2. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    Yep -- Lars K. Norberg.

    I like their CD quite a bit, but I'm at a loss for words to describe their style. What I do know, though, is if music were an athletic competition, Spiral Architect would have quite a few gold medals.
     
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I've heard about them, but never heard them. Any suggestions as to which CDs I should try? Thanks :)
     
  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    I think they've only released one CD?

    I didn't like it at all. Songs can focus on virtuosity and still be good. Songs can be rhythmically complex, and still be catchy. Songs can be erratic but still be enjoyable. This, however, was all of it yet none of it. At least not to my ears. Maybe it'll grow on me later.

    And the bassist's tone is occasionally so honky it's unpleasant.
     
  5. FractalUniverse

    FractalUniverse Guest

    Jan 26, 2002
    Valparaíso, Chile
    The first time i heard spiral architect, i didn't liked at all, speacially the vocals, but then i started to listen carefully to all the details and guess what... now is one of my favorite groups.... the fact is that spiral architect is a group that you must listen a lot to get used then you will understand the whole concept, vocals fit incredibly to the music. It's true at the beggining it's difficult to get used. I still think that bass sounds not so good, but the bass player kick @ss!!!
     
  6. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Mexico
    any songs i should check out?
     
  7. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    According to a poll I saw (don't remember if it was on the official site or elsewhere), "Insect" is the most popular song among fans. Written by the bassist, IIRC.
     
  8. FractalUniverse

    FractalUniverse Guest

    Jan 26, 2002
    Valparaíso, Chile
    download also "spinning" and "excessit", two really good songs....
     
  9. meatwad

    meatwad

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    Wow, I'm resurrecting a long dead thread here! I've been listening to these guys for a while now, and they are one of my favorite bands. Too bad I didn't hear of them back a few years ago, because the bassist is absolutely AMAZING!

    If you like prog, or jazz influenced metal, dig up their album "A Sceptic's Universe" and prepare for a total mindf**k. As for the bassist, I can only describe him as Jaco with horns.

    Yes, I said it... Jaco with horns! I love it!
     
  10. the_hook

    the_hook

    Apr 9, 2008
    Toronto
    If you've ever heard of, or listened to, Watchtower's two albums then you'll understand where Spiral Architect is coming from. They're basically a more modern version of Watchtower (and Sieges Even).

    Insane musicianship, but an acquired taste, with a heavy lean towards thrash/metal, Prog and with jazz/fusion thrown in. It took me a lot of listens to get into Watchtower's first album, but once you absorb what's going on the playing is mind boggling. Spiral A. elicits the same feelings. I got over the vocals eventually, as I did with Rush and other bands with high pitched singers.
     
  11. Great band from a mishmash of black metal musicians from the late 90's. Pretty much the whole CD is good. It is pretty random and the songs mostly lack form with parts rarely repeating, but the playing is phenomenal. For tracks, Spinning, Excessit, Insect, and Cloud Constructor are my favorites. The Japanese release also has a cover of Fates Warning's "Prelude to Ruin" which I really like.
     
  12. Also to note, It was all played on a Fretless X-Factor bass.
     
  13. I was really into them at some point. Maybe I should give them another listen.
     
  14. the_hook

    the_hook

    Apr 9, 2008
    Toronto
    Just when I think I've seen most basses I find out about this one. Just learned about it earlier today reading an article about Sean Malone (from Cynic).