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The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs

by The 16 Deadly Improvs

An explosive collection of improvised progressive rock. Distilled from collective improvisations, “traditional” improvisation styles of jazz and blues are combined with with “non- traditional” styles of progressive rock, metal, ambient, and electronica.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sand Palm IV
1:18 $0.99
2. Spirit or Matter
4:30 $0.99
3. Torpedo
5:23 $0.99
4. Bugbear Blues
3:33 $0.99
5. Invincible Pole Fighters
3:58 $0.99
6. Into Another Time
5:41 $0.99
7. Rise of the Septopi
3:53 $0.99
8. Gargantua!
6:06 $0.99
9. Sand Palm V
2:47 $0.99
10. Dear Me,
3:50 $0.99
11. You'd Make A Lot of Money...
5:15 $0.99
12. Death To Disco
6:10 $0.99
13. Mag 3
3:11 $0.99
14. The Burrowers Beneath
9:16 $0.99
15. Fading of My Memories
3:41 $0.99
16. Sand Palm VI
2:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Triumph is an explosive collection of improvised progressive rock. Carefully distilled from collective improvisations, “traditional” improvisation styles of jazz and blues are combined with with “non- traditional” styles of progressive rock, metal, ambient, and electronica.

The 16 Deadly Improvs method gives the music a warm and organic feel, and provides listeners with a unique and powerful music experience for anyone who loves progressive, avant-indie, post-rock, and experimental rock.



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Zachary Nathanson

The 16 Deadly Improvs are the next King Crimson
With the kind of Arranging and Composition’s that we should take one of the new Progressive Rock bands to come out of New Jersey, The 16 Deadly Improvs are one of the most exquisite bands to come out of the states. Whether you love it or not, it’s extremely an understatement to take note that The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs is not just one of their breathtaking albums of this year, but that everyone in the Prog scene should really take notice of, as one of the new bands to come out of the woodwork of the band’s talent, part fusion, and alternative rock like you’ve never heard it before. This is a beautiful, terrifying, and an unbelievable album as it is a masterpiece.

The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs is an explosive album with Prog, Metal, Post Rock and forward to bring the Avant-Garde Rock sound into a magnetic dreamland sound.

No Bullshit here, believe me, The 16 Deadly Improvs are the next King Crimson.

Pete Pardo-

A band that deserves your immediate attention
Avant-garde/prog/fusion/metal act The 16 Deadly Improvs once again unleash their fury on their fifth release, titled The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs. Again resulting in 16 tracks, The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs sees the band taking their cue from the avant-garde jazz scene, as well as Red era King Crimson, and blasting forth with a wide array of styles and sounds that never gets repetitive or boring.

The line-up, comprised of musicians from New Brunswick, NJ, includes Gene Bohensky (drums/keyboards), Nick Bohensky (guitar/keyboards/percussion/vocals), Jeff Bridi (bass/keyboards/vocals), Dave Wilson (drums/keyboards), Mark Nowak (keyboards/vocals), and Vin Vilanueva (guitar). They have put together some dark and ominous pieces here, all filled with both tight arrangements as well as looser moments of improvisation, yet the grip of tension is always apparent. Though much of what you will hear is instrumental, there are a few vocal pieces that really work quite well, such as the post rock-meets-prog of "Into Another Time" and the poppy "Dear Me". However, the band really grabs the listener by the balls with their metallic, King Crimson influenced bombast, which you can hear to full effect on "Gargantua!", the various "Sand Palm " tracks, 'Death to Disco", and "Torpedo". The way the band creates the tension by using creepy keyboard sounds, percussion, and then rampaging guitar riffs and slicing, angular lead lines, really works on all fronts. Toss in a bunch of atmospheric prog tunes, as well as some tracks with an almost funk edge, and you have a very enjoyable collection of 'improvs' that ultimately come across as well thought out rather that straight ahead jams.

Bottom line: a unique and adventurous album from a band that deserves your immediate attention.


Very entertaining
A funny branding this New Jersey based collective is obsessed with - band name and album titles are pointing to their jamming approach without recall. Every album is a tough collection of excerpts from diverse improv sessions - each consisting of 16 songs on top of it ... by pure chance you bet. Stylistically this is hard to categorize, I hear influences from Djam Karet, King Crimson, but also references to space and avant prog are obvious. 'The Triumph Of The 16 Deadly Improvs' is atmospheric and rather dark mooded overall where the overdubbed vocals have a large share.
The melancholic Spirit Or Matter is a good example here, provided with a considerable gliding spacey touch. Torpedo lives up to its name with a funky groove then and some spooky gimmicks. And the space jam Invincible Pole Fighters even brings them close to the Oresund Space Collective. They constantly change the instruments by the way - which is another trademark. Wonderful empathic guitars on Rise Of The Septopi are alternating with a curious trance behaviour on Gargantua! - and decorated with metal riffs both Sand Palm episodes are avant prog pure.

A wondrous song collection which takes time to unveil the secrets by all means. Even a proper blues song is in supply, the zappaesque rock jam You'd Make A Lot Of Money ... or the sweet The Burrowers Beneath which gives me the feeling like drifting relaxed on orbit. Overall the attractive electric guitar work is often psych/space styled which catches my attention especially. Expect the unexpected ... maybe this is their triumph, as the album title implies with some sense of humour ... at least very entertaining if you ask me.

....this is not an Album that immediately grabs one. Only at the deeper immersion
reveal the slow moments of tension, is clear that this album mainly works because of its
Atmospheric depth work.

Anthony Miloscia

It just gets better and better
I bought this disc about a week ago and it has been in my cd player since. This is by far their most accessible disc yet. It is mostly instrumental and all improvised but it sounds much greater that that. I do hear the Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Rush and King Crimson influences but I also hear modern rock influences like Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, and Sonic Youth. These is also an assortment of jazz involved, also. It has all of these influences yet they definitely have a sound that is all of their own!

Mark Elliot-

Scary sounds
The overall feel of the album is one of scary sounds coming at you when you least expect coupled with some crazy arrangements and even crazier musicianship. Most of the album is instrumental but the vocals do really work on "Spirit or Matter" a particularly haunting song and "Into Another Time" which personally speaking it had the right combination of craziness and song structure. Personal favorite was "Bugbear Blues". Very jazzy and very strange. More of an early hours of the morning album than a Sunday afternoon easy listening.

Rob F. -

Look, listen and buy
Of course, the clue’s in the name… what were you expecting? The Triumph Of The 16 Deadly Improvs is just that, 16 tracks of improvised avant-punk, proggy jazz and jazzy prog. Those who are intimate with the works of The Cravats / Very Things, This Heat, even Devo, will find much here to cosy up with. Those with less developed tastes will run screaming to the hills. Look, listen and buy - then file between 11 Acorn Lane and 23 Skidoo (that’s right… we must have some sort of order). Highlights are difficult to explain, indeed just switch your mind to ‘open’ and lose yourself within the concept.

Terry Jackson-

Had a great time listening to it
This is a very interesting project. Take two and a half hours of jamming, cull through and find the best bits, edit it to make individual songs, add vocals on a few cuts, and voila! A CD! It’s ethereal at times and interesting for sure. These are soundscapes in the style of some of Eno or Fripp’s solo works.
The Triumph of the Deadly Improvs begins with a cacophony of sounds on “Sand Palm IV.” Some cuts are powerful, some are bluesy, all are intriguing and listenable. I especially enjoyed “Torpedo,” with its cool instrumental and jangly guitar throughout. It has a driving beat, then moves into a King Crimson dissonance, finally ending with a kind of progged out jam.

Some songs have a feel of e-bow or Frippertronics effect on the guitars that adds colors and depth to the songs. The vocals (when they are introduced) are a bit uneven, but I wouldn’t stop this aspect of their sound. It definitely breaks the mood and gives a distinct quality to the music. This CD would be much lesser without all the different contributions to the whole.

The Triumph of the 16 Deadly Improvs should be attractive to those who take pleasure in early Porcupine Tree, Robert Fripp or Brian Eno’s solo works, or some of the more “out there” styles of progressive rock. I certainly had a great time listening to it, and am pleased to have it in my collection.

Dag Fjellby

This is really something that people should be aware of!
If you enjoy the music King Crimson stood for, and adding a little bit of inspiration from other bands, this is for you!
The 16 Deadly Improvs do not just get the inspiration from other bands, but they make - imo - a standard for how such music should be created and performed.
The sound is great, and I do not regret a second that I bought this CD.

Keep it up, we want to hear more from you!

Erik Holmblad

Powerful and challenging
This is overall just a very good album. It stands up very well and would only grow after numerous listenings primarily through its musical breadth, quality sound and playing skills of the musicians.
The songs are powerful and challenging, complex, some may require some time before taking them to themselves but once the barrier is bridged so remain just musical enjoyment at a high level.

My best track on the album is track two, "Spririt or Matter", a certain sadness combined with a sense of medieval, like Dead Can Dance.
Track 8 "Gargantua!", King Crimsonskt with heavy funky bass and shimmering guitar cascades and "Fading in my memories", which is the penultimate song, with its exquisite vocal.
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