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Ramblings From A Troubled Universe

by Four Dimensional Nightmare

Hypnotic and abrasive alternative metal.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Alternative Metal
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1. Manic
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2. Lumieres Nordiques
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3. Language
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4. The Missing Diary Of Admiral Richard E Byrd
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5. New Year
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6. Moss
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7. Dione
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8. The Fourth Dimension
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9. The Portal
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10. Wormholes
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11. Cells
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12. The Church
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13. During What Goes On
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14. Shards & Layers
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15. Motorcycle Dreaming
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Album Notes
t’s always seemed like Tom Nicol had at least the ability to see around corners, if not into the future. The hypnotic and abrasive “Ramblings from a Troubled Universe” from his one-man band, “Four Dimensional Nightmare,” sounds blustery, dystopian and epic, and if you listen to it when you’re sick in bed with a fever, you might think the future is happening now and pulling you in two different directions at once.

Consider, for example, “The Portal.” Toward the end there’s a screech as if a train is coming into the station, but things seem to be picking up speed or at least getting more urgent at the same time.

What’s going on here? People have been been making synth, drum machine and shredding guitar play nice for some time, now. And the trippy appeal of mind-blowing soundscapes didn’t originate with the awesome, bewildering end of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The difference on this CD is the suggestion, gentle in its own way, that reality is a veneer thinner than an aging hipster’s hair, and that we’d all be better off not looking at the ground – or what we think the ground is – but up, out, all the way to the stars.

Is he right? Who knows? But “Ramblings from a Troubled Universe” makes entertaining the possibility a hell of a ride. Sit down and strap in.


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Captivating Electronica/Metal CD!
"Ramblings From A Troubled Universe" by Four Dimensional Nightmare is an industrial album with a strong metal and trance presence. It is a refreshingly intriguing album of "the bizarre". One noteworthy asset of this collection is its sensible diversity. Although primarily instrumental, this CD gives you a great deal of sounds and styles for your ears to enjoy. The arrangements are intelligent, highly energetic and very creative. You'll hear a lot of classic synths intertwined with new and innovative sounds. Highlights include the opener "Manic," which is the most fluid of all of the songs and sets you up for the mayhem that is ahead. "New Year" features some creepy vocals and some wicked sequencing. Moreover, "The Portal" flaunts a fat beat and also doesn't skimp on the oddity. If you like electronica with a heavy metal/rock influence, you'll enjoy this captivating CD.

Alex Permijo

Expressions from deep within a soul
It's not often these days that you can see inside the mind and soul of an artist through the music they provide. In this case the door is wide open and he gives you a guided tour. With a style that honors great progressive musicians such as Robert Fripp and Adrian Belieu he brings a fresh outlook with his mix of slick rhythms and hard hitting guitar style. This piece of music grabs the listener by the throat and doesn't let go. Your mind is immersed in a musical ride reminiscent of the final scene in Kubrick's "2001". The mix of Techno and rock is brilliant with his haiku-like ramblings kept to simple evocative phrasings which lift the music to an even higher levels. This ain't your mamma's rock vinyl. If truly being challenged to listen and appreciate great music is your cup of tea, then these compositions are for you. If not go and listen to some Maroon 5 and have a nice day.

Tom Hunter

Evocative Ride To The Unexpected
From the opening bass attack that begins "Manic", we know we're in for a ride. Then, the mix falls into place with the almost Tibetan-sound of the vocals, all on one tone while the music morphs into phase and tempo from jungle-influence to the sound of a tiny fly skittering across a windowsill, pondering Milton as it does. I hear the influence of Andy Partridge [XTC] and the guitar of Klaus Flouride [Dead Kennedys].

The song "Language" seems both in lyric and tone, to transcend. It makes me think of the processes that I see reflected, processes in the brain that take discrete words and assembles them with the help (for the assembly) of the right hemisphere. I know that each of those words is weighted with its connotations and the knowledge that each of us carries behind our cranium, in our cortexes, that tells us what this or that word means. That is why I--with my history of associations, such as hearing the "Old Clementine" scene with Henry Fonda in the rain when I hear the tiny flicker of harmonica in "Language". Because you and I can neither look at the same abstract and come away with any common experience, the same goes with music and so I carry the ears I have grown up listening with. The ephemeral, selected attack of the guitars mixed with the fast, snippy, thwicking brush snare, mixed with the haunting, almost
Pink-Floyd-level vocals, is really hypnotic. I would say that "Language" is nothing short of a
tour de force.

The same goes for the amazing song "The Missing Diary of Admiral Richard E. Byrd", with its most-impressive guitar, almost to the level that you would expect to see at work opposite Michael Anthony. This instrumental is effect and engaging.

AS for "New Year", I must say something I've never had cause to write in a review: on this song, I much prefer the right track over the left track. The left is repetitive and seems to detract from the excellent Ian-Curtis-worthy vocals and tune on the right channel.

In "Dione", Nicol shows he's capable of producing a bass riff up there with the best of them. But his signature seems to be the combination of a fantastic rhythm section (driving bass, sparse but bass-synched drums) with strangely distant vocals and the additional introduction of some atonal element that seems to trod upon the rest for better or worse.

"The Fourth Dimension" is a hot melody that seems inspired by the music composed by filmmaker John Carpenter, an almost toy piano eerieness that inspires dread and expectation of being in close proximity to people who are capable of violence.

"The Portal" continues with the almost theatrical sound of the music, inspiring mood and foreboding.

A very dramatic album that is highly recommended.