The Arkitecht | Hyperstructure

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by The Arkitecht

"if you pretend to like Progressive Metal, this is a must for you without any doubt." (4.5/5) A blend of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Pantera, Symphony X and a touch of Grunge with Contemporary Film Music (The Matrix).
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blackout
4:10 $0.99
2. The Twenthieth Century Feast and the Millenium Hangover
5:43 $0.99
3. Through Broken Glass
4:02 $0.99
4. Elation
4:21 $0.99
5. Children of the Gods
7:46 $0.99
6. Hyperstructure
6:25 $0.99
7. Face Thief
32:15 $5.00
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Album Notes
The Arkitecht is a one-man band created by Genaro Ochoa in Mexico City. The idea of the project is to be non-dependable on other musicians to accomplish a "band" sound. It is a blend of metal and progressive sub-genres thus resulting in an intrincated combination of styles.

The Album Hyperstructure was recorded in Genaro's homestudio in Mexico City and was mixed and mastered in Montepellier, France by the upcoming producer Brett Caldas-Lima (Freak Kitchen, To-Mera, Cynic). The package comes with a beautiful 24 page Booklet with designs and images by very talented artist from Chile and Germany

Hyperstructure is an album with two concepts inside:

The first half of the album which consists of six songs, are housed by the actual Hyperstrucutre concept. It is a short tale about a common man, a John Doe, who suddenly starts questioning the world around him and seeks to find an answer to why things are so messed up in the times we live in.

The second half of the album consists of just one song called Face Thief. This song is a complex progressive death metal epic. It has a full classical choir singing in spanish and a full size orchestra reminiscent to contemporary soundtracks on the vein of motion pictures like Matrix, Avalon, etc. The song lasts 32 minutes of an everchanging and breathtaking journey. The story is about a serial killer who seeks to bring the life of a gifted artist to its very ashes. A thriller on the vein of movies like Se7en, Fight Club, Lost Highway, etc.

The project although a solo effort in many ways, has the brilliant contributions of very talented people. Among them, the YouTube sensation Cesar Huesca on guitar solos, Dante Díaz and Alvaro Lamadrid on the vocals and Lila Nieto behind the lyrics.

The Arkitecht draws a new line between progressive music and metal, taking both currents even closer by blending contemporary forms of metal with atypical progressive approaches. Besides, the influence of classical and contemporary orchetral works give it a whole new sound that redefines symphonic metal in many ways.



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Matthew Semarge

Modern, Cutting Edge
This album, Hyperstructure, by The Arkitecht, may be the most interesting, gripping music I've heard in quite a long time. This is a prog album, make no doubt. Really REALLY rocking tunes, with synth lines in the vein of Jordan Rudess (of Dream Theater) and some crazy guitar solos and amazing drumlines. As you venture through the album, things only get more impressive, and when you arrive at the seventh song (It's own concept, 32 minutes long) you don't know how it can get any better. And then it does. Dream Theater's Octavarium may be an epic 24 minute song, along with their A Change of Seasons track, but The Arkitecht's Face Thief just has such a story/movie like feeling to it. It's all very fun to listen to, which is what I feel is the strongest suit about the music, along with the musicianship, the songwriting, the production. It's a top notch album. And it's amazing that this came from an independent artist. Genaro and the guest musicians did an amazing job on this Prog Metal album. I look forward to hearing more. I would recommend this album to anyone that listens to rock music. Everyone should have the chance to hear it though :)