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Abnormal Thought Patterns

by Abnormal Thought Patterns

Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. The Machine Within
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2. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 1
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3. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 2
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4. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 3
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5. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 4
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6. Ulnar Nerve Damage
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7. Electric Sun
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Abnormal Thought Patterns review from The Inarguable

This new up coming project was just brought up to me just yesterday I heard the teaser for this album only yesterday and I my jaw dropped to the floor ! This is the work of Troy and Jasun Tipton brothers and Mike Guy of Zero Hour. This EP is a crazy 20 minute face melting technical shred-a-thon and by far the best work out of all 3 members of the band. The EP fuses Shred, some elements of extreme metal, Instrumental music, unheard of time signatures, and colorful melodies. My first thoughts upon hearing this EP was this was like if Bottled Science and Rusty Cooley snorted a line of coke and Dream Theater being the line of coke and then Bottled Science and Rusty Cooley picked up their instruments and started playing. The bass solos on this EP are fantastic nothing but sweep picking and crazy tapping patterns the first track The Machine Within is a good example of this. The epic four part song Velocity and Acceleration is a great show case for the members to show off their talents and upon listening to each part you can get a feel each songs ways of expressing the ways of technical playing and melodic phrasing working hand and hand. Ulnar Nerve Damage is 51 seconds of bass shred and listening to it for the first time Less Claypool came to mind. The final track Electric Sun is my favorite track on this album the drummer is riding on the cymbal while he plays a slightly off tempo quarter note hit on the high hat, and while the rhythm guitars beat along with the bass drum, the solo is on this album plays mostly through out the song it is a very simple lick hearing it Steve Vai came to mind, and also through out the track while each part is played this is a light atmosphere synth pad that acts as a filler. The production of the Ep is what one might come to find in a just about every Progressive Metal band as far as mixing and mastering go. The EP was mixed by Dino Alden who also plays in Zero Hour and works with Marty Friedman and mastered by Alan Douches who has worked with Between The Buried And Me, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. These project will not disappoint ANY fellow guitar player, drummer, or bass player or really I would think any one who listens to this because these guys have so much talent and they know how to use it. These guys really do deserve some mainstream success. If you are interested here the teaser for this EP give it a listen !


Review from Muzikreviews.com

Abnormal Thought Patterns describe themselves as a Mathematical Instrumental Trio that fuses heavy riffs, intricate time signatures and shedding solos. I hate math but I'm a sucker for a shredding guitar solo as it always takes me back to my headbanging youth and Saturday nights spent trying to be Jason Becker or Yngwie Malmsteen rather than trying to kiss the ladies. In hindsight I choice wrongly because I suck at shredding due to the sausage fingers my family appears to be cursed with. This self-titled 7 song EP is like a wet dream for people who love to play air guitar for the scream fans in their mind.

The trio is made up of Jasun Tipton on Guitars and Keys, Troy Tipton on Bass, and Mike Guy on Drums and they recruited Richard Sharman for Live Guitars. I'm going to say it…these guys can’t possibly have any kind of a social life as they are just too damn good on their instruments and must practice 25 hours a day. The opening track, “The Machine Within”, is sick. I have never heard a bass guitar played so fast of so clearly in my life. It doesn’t sound possible to play that smoothly. The guitar is screaming and cleaner than a Bill Cosby comedy album. I can see where the Mathematics comes in on this song because I suddenly have a clear understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem.

Tracks 2-5 are all called “Velocity” and “Acceleration”. VA 1 is sick. VA 2 is sick. VA 3 is sick. VA 4 is sick too. I’ll be honest here and tell you that I can’t tell the difference between them. It’s not because they aren’t different, they are. It’s because my brain tends to shut off after so many instrumentals. These fine men play their instruments amazingly well and have clearly practiced their scales along with wearing out the pages of their Mel Bay Guitar Books but where is the love? There is a point when you have to work in something else other than playing your scales and arpeggio’s really fast. “Ulnar Nerve Damage”is a 51 second long, crazy, bass solo played at Mach 1. It’s not a song. It’s more like math. Some people love math, we normal folks call them boring.

This EP is interesting and amazing but it’s not something I’d listen to on a regular basis unless the government institutes an Air Guitar Law that forces me to play make believe for a solid hour every day

Mario's Metal Reviews!

I'm not a big fan of instrumental records, but the quality of this album is very
This is another project with a Zero Hour background. This time around, Jasun (guitars) and Troy (bass) Tipton together with Mike Guy (drums) have released an instrumental EP. I must admit that I really love these guys but that is no surprise as the quality of their releases has been superb so far. It does not matter if you listen to one of the six Zero Hour-albums, the Death Machine stuff or the Cynthesis cd that came out last year. They rule!!!! The opening-track, “The Machine Within”, starts with some strange sounds but then changes into the characteristic “Tipton-sound”. When Jasun's fingers start moving the magic happens. The rhythm-section knows each other so well that it completes the sound in a great way. With only 2 minutes and thirty-eight seconds, this is only a short display of their craftsmanship. The next four songs are called “Velocity and Acceleration Movement” and are divided in part 1, 2, 3, and 4. This four-part track was one of the two songs that started this project. The first part of “Velocity and Acceleration Movement” kicks off with a short intro. Then it is Jasun on the first part of the song and Troy on the second part of the song and Mike throughout the complete song that excel big time. If you are familiar with the Zero Hour-material, you know what I'm talking about. If you are new to their music, just sit back and be overwhelmed by extreme technical progressive metal. The song ends rather abrupt, as is the beginning of the second part that is a lot heavier and faster but still with the same technical control that this trio possesses. The third part has some heavy riffing before Jasun takes off on his shredding solo-trip. The last part of this four-part track is just another display of what these guys are capable of. They play all kind of odd rhythms and fantastic shredding-solo's. To some other musicians it might even sound intimidating. They know how to play their instruments. The shortest track, clocking just less than one minute is “Ulnar Nerve Damage” and shows Troy doing a bass-solo that he wouldn't have been able to play some time ago because of problems he had with his “Ulnar Nerve”. The closing-track is also the longest one on the album. “Electric Sun” lasts just over five minutes. The beginning shows Jasun playing in a different way. It is more like a long relaxed guitar-solo with all kind of different themes inside the solo. Towards the end the sounds gets softer and the tracks fades out quietly. I'm not a big fan of instrumental records, but the quality of this album is very high. I hope that the Tipton-brothers will be able to come over, play, and let us enjoy the music of one of their bands/projects. This album is the first release on CynNormal Lab Recordings the record label that Jasun started. I guess this won't be the last great release on this label.



The focus on mind-blowing virtuoso chops is – of course – as in-your-face as eve
Jasun Tipton, Troy Tipton, and Mike Guy of Zero Hour fame have just raised their game a notch higher with the debut release of their new project Abnormal Thought Patterns. And for all you know, this EP could well mark the birth of a new genre. Or at least a brand new, fresh format for interaction of metal, prog, and jazz fusion.

The focus on mind-blowing virtuoso chops is – of course – as in-your-face as ever with these musicians, but this time technique is serving a purpose beyond self-assertion.
Instead, ATM go for full-scale compositional experiments with the actual structures of the genres they engage it – a strategy which turns A-grade instrumental skill into one of the methods for achieving the overall goal.

Bigger acts were attempting similar explorations in 2011 with bombastic, over-the-top, overproduced releases, but here we have a true artisan record which gets down to the nitty-gritty of a musician’s craft without studio trickery, fake emotional pathos or soliciting chart action. The calculated soundscape of complex polyrhythms, constantly changing time signatures, insane neck-break speed fretboard runs, and meticulously planned layers of texture at times may seem too mathematical and unemotional to an average rock fan. But the band is serious enough about its ultimate aim not to get sidetracked into banalities and crowd-pleasing platitudes.

For this reason this record comes through as something genuinely fresh. Whether it’s a simple riff the band takes as a basis of its intricate extrapolations, or the rhythmic structure they develop to see where it would go, the end goal is to invent a new paradigm. And they are half-way there, having created a complex, but at the same time a plain-speaking, unpretentious album – muscular, vigorous, sharply focused, virtuosic, and – most importantly – honest in its purpose.

If ATM will manage to reach their final goal remains to be seen. But despite the compression of the styles they use into a rather narrow – although sharp – focus, they still get damn close to inventing a new style. You can’t escape the sense of new things happening on this record, of entering a territory which so far remained uncharted, and you can’t help noticing how a union of purpose and means of achieving it distinguishes real musicians from businessmen.


When they riff, it’s heavier than a twelve-ton truck; when they solo, it’s like
Although a new band in its own right, Abnormal Thought Patterns is basically Californian progressive metal maestros Zero Hour under a different name. The story goes that a couple of years ago guitarist Jason Tipton wrote and recorded the twelve-minute ‘Velocity And Acceleration’ and on hearing it his band mate and bass-playing twin brother reckoned the time had come to put together an instrumental band. With longtime friend and Zero Hour drummer Mike Guy sitting behind the kit Abnormal Thought Patterns was born, although a second guitarist, Richard Sharman, has been added for live dates.

If you already know Zero Hour, then you’ll be able to guess that listening to Abnormal Thought Patterns is no stroll in the park. Zero Hour seem to deliberately set out to challenge their audience and push boundaries, and Tipton J has continued this trend with this new outfit, laying out for this EP four songs (‘The Machine Within’, ‘Velocity and Acceleration’ Movements 1 – 4’, ‘Ulnar Nerve Damage’ and ‘Electric Sun’) which almost redefine the term progressive metal: think Steve Vai crossed with Liquid Tension Experiment written by a hyperactive mastermind who can’t seem to sit still for five minutes and you’re pretty much in the zone – fantasy meets evolution, the abstract collides with the concrete, and fretboards are worn thin with continual runs.

This is music to be analysed, to be dissected, rather than music to bounce around the room to (although please don’t let me stop you…). Enjoy it by all means, but it’s not something you put on just for the sake of easy listening; it’s something you play to wonder at the precision and complexity of the instrumentation. The more you hear it, the more you pick up on the intricacy of the bass and guitar lines, the sophistication of the many time changes, the power and precision with which each track is performed, and you marvel at how they ever came up with such material in the first place, let alone flexed their muscles to get it all on tape. When they riff, it’s heavier than a twelve-ton truck; when they solo, it’s like being caught in a blizzard of notes; and just when you get into the groove the time signature changes to throw you completely off guard.

That’s not to say that Abnormal Thought Patterns is solely musicians’ music; no way, José. But it is challenging and thought-provoking; and it is ultimately majestic. And after saying all that, Tipton, Tipton and Guy round things off with something as intensely beautiful as ‘Electric Sun’, as fine an instrumental ballad as you’re ever likely to hear.


Seriously, this album is awesome.
Production Rating: 4 out of 5
Notes: The production is really good except for some very obvious cuts. It's so out of place you could almost think it's on purpose. Either way they don't sound good so that kills the perfect 5.

Songwriting Rating: 4 out of 5
Notes: This is a seriously progressive group that has no time to fuck around with your typical songwriting styles. It's really impressive.

Talent Showcase Rating: 5 out of 5
Notes: This is not really a wank fest, though it's close. It's awesome with minimal cheesiness.

Overall Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Seriously, this album is awesome. It's all instrumental progressive stylings that sit on primarily on the heavy side. It's very listenable and I think musicians and progressive fans should pay attention to this group. Well done guys.


Abnormal Thought Patterns debut EP is a mircoburst of progressive genius!
If the guys from Cynic and Gigan took a truckload of Ritalin before hitting the recording studio, I believe that the end result would sounds something like Abnormal Thought Patterns’s debut EP.
Since I brought it up, I think that if you were able to transmute Abnormal Thought Patterns music into pill from, you’d be left with a highly addictive psychotropic narcotic. Eases the pain by passing through the aural barrier and into the blood and brain barriers. Effective for clearing up a shitty day at work or whatever else is ailing you. Unfortunately, you can’t just stop listening to it. You’ll have to finish the seven track dose or else you’ll go through horribly horrible withdrawals! So do yourself a favor and listen to the whole damned EP and pass over the pain.
Getting back on track, Abnormal Thought Patterns is technical. The two aforementioned bands are decent comparisons in terms of overall sound. But ATP does it all with a certain panache. Primarily the kind were you decide to be an instrumental four piece technical/progressive metal outfit. (Where’s the marketability? <— F!O!A!D!) Luckily for us, these guys know what they’re doing and who their audience is and they show it by playing with a gusto reserved for hardcore veterans of the genre with finger breaking tech riffs and hyper hammering drumwork exploding out of every track! Even the bass gets it’s fair shot at glory! That just doesn’t happen enough nowadays, am I right?
Unlike other EPs where I always end up bitching about how I was teased with only a little bit of what is to come in the future, Abnormal Thought Patterns went ahead and made sure that you not only got a pretty damned good taste of what these guys are all about, but also that you wouldn’t be teased at all. Sure the EP runs around twenty minutes or so, but there’s enough meat on the bones to slate your progressive hunger.
As for the Cons tally, we have an oldie but a validie: the EP tends to get a little on the repetitive side. The end of each track (minus the bass solo track, Ulnar Nerve Damage which is amazingly good!) sounds enough like the beginning of each track to trigger deja vu. But when they’re playing mind melting progressive riffs throughout, is a little repetition gonna kill ya? …didn’t think so.
Overall: Abnormal Thought Patterns debut EP is a mircoburst of progressive genius! I don’t normally use the word “fun” in my reviews, but it’s hard to deny that there is a whole lot of fun to be had in this offering. And even though it’s a relatively short outing, there is more than enough evidence on these seven tracks to let you know what the inevitable album will be like. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Mosher had a hand in this somewhere…

Blistering Guitar

Abnormal Thought Patterns, they produced easily one of the most raucous instrume
As identifiable-sounding as anyone in the progressive metal scene, the brothers Tipton (Jasun and Troy of Cynthesis) are capping off an already successful 2011 with the release of their instrumental project, Abnormal Thought Patterns. And like Cynthesis (and the precursor Zero Hero), ATP rages and bursts with technical fury, akin to a segment of robots blowing off their circuits all at the same time. If there were a better descriptor for the fret-flying action here, then please, consult us accordingly…this seven-song EP is a face-melter.

Joined by Zero Hour drummer Mike Guy, the trio harpoon darting melodies left and right, usually creating a sonic maelstrom that is easily digestible and blindingly technical at the same time. The centerpiece is a four-song suite “Velocity and Acceleration 1 – 4” that is an apt descriptor for when the trio hits the ground running with frenetic fretboard gymnastics and piercing melodies, augmented nicely by Troy Tipton’s imitable bass technique, something that has long been a sound trademark of both Zero Hour and Cynthesis.

Aside from the insane joyride that is these six songs, it’s readily apparent that if they had to, the Tiptons would be able to squeeze in some vocals, proving there’s much more than a shred artifice to these gents. No worries – with Abnormal Thought Patterns, they produced easily one of the most raucous instrumental albums of the year.



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Abnormal Thought Patterns
(California, USA)
Formed by Jasun and Troy Tipton and Mike Guy of forward-thinking Cali prog-metallers Zero Hour (on guitars/keys, bass and drums respectively), Abnormal Thought Patterns make music of the utmost complexity, without losing touch with the power of the riff. As their recent, spellbinding self-titled debut shows, these three guys – joined by guitarist Richard Sharman for live shows – are technically astounding musicians, with the compositional nous to craft a monumental shred-fest with the best of ‘em. Though likely to drive aspiring bass players/drummers/guitarists to despair, the new record is pretty damn compelling, an instrumental tour de force that’ll no doubt open plenty of doors for them in the weeks and months ahead. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them on this side of the great big pond before too long, but in the meantime grab the new record, turn it up and prog yourself silly. We accept no responsibility for fingers melted while attempting to play along.