The Fractured Dimension | Towards the Mysterium

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Towards the Mysterium

by The Fractured Dimension

Intense InstruMENTAL Music
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Prelude
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2. Towards the Mysterium
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3. Prism I: Reflection
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4. Prism Ii: Refraction
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5. Fibonacci's Notebook
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6. Strangeness
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7. The Mathematics of Divinity
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8. Out of the Summer Sky
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9. Worshipping Slonimsky in a Ravellian Mood
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10. Piano Improv Take 1
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11. Falling Down Stairs
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12. Despair
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13. Fractured Are the Nine Principals
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14. Slendro: and Improv for Lane
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15. Reiteration and Extemporaneous Noodling
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16. Preparatory Action
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17. Lecture
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Modern compositional concepts and intensity of rhythm: that is what one can expect from this difficult to define group. High caliber musicianship, and a vast array of contorted theoretical concepts abound. Not technical for the sake of being technical, but extremely musical for the sake of transcending normality. The Fractured Dimension is made up of Alex Arellano on drums/percussion, Jerry Twyford on bass, and Jimmy Pitts on keyboards and piano. Ron Jarzombek, Marcel Coenen, Mikhal Caldwell, Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlaeger, Aaron Roten (Super String Theory), Bill Bruce (ex-Shotgun Messiah), Brev Sullivan, and Brad Hull (Soblivios, ex-Forced Entry) will all be featured on guitar, along with Jim Shannon (trumpet), Joe Deninzon (violin), and Joshua Thomson (sax)--so expect some serious firepower to be unleashed.


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Kristoff

Time to get your Frac on!!!
"Towards the Mysterium" took time to come out, but it was well worth the wait. The sound is refreshing and very inspiring from some of the greatest musicians around, with mind-blowing, complex arrangements throughout this Album front to back. I look forward to hearing more in the future, and congrats to a well put together Album that is one of the greatest CDs of our time. Anyone interested in good taste of music at its finest, than this is your CD. Time to get your Frac on!!!

Scott P.

Prog Rockers show off and we like it!!
We were having a bit of a prog fix. You know, that urge that hits some of us now and then to listen to something out of the ordinary and new.

Enter, The Fractured Dimension, featuring members of Super String Theory and many many many many more (you’ll see what we mean). We stumbled across these guys on Myspace last night and were blown away. They have some great music, some videos, and not only that, but these guys are damn serious about their music. So much so, the even teach local and will be releasing instructional videos. Sweet. I’ve been needing to brush up on my theory of odd rhythm and board technique.

Seriously, check these guys out.

So yeah the band consists of Alex Arellano on drums and percussion, Jerry Twyford on bass, and Jimmy Pitts on keyboards and piano. They pretty much concentrate on technicality and as they put it, “Modern compositional concepts and intensity of rhythm: that is what one can expect from this difficult to define group. High caliber musicianship, and a vast array of contorted theoretical concepts abound. Not technical for the sake of being technical, but extremely musical for the sake of transcending normality.” I especially like the “for the sake of transcending normality” part. It makes me really happy. They also have a bunch of contributors. (see their myspace for a full list)

Well not only do these dudes jam some awesome music, they’re proactive about it too.

Frank Bender


Bela Bartok once called one of his compositions "The Miraculous Mandarin" and in my opinion there are two miraculous composers in symbolism, Erik Satie and Alexander Scriabin. Scriabin (1872 - 1915), a synesthetic musician with a metaphysical vision that he couldn´t realize unfortunately, was very influential for many composers like Messiaen, Prokofiev or Stravinsky and he also influenced the band THE FRACTURED DIMENSION, consisting of Jimmy Pitts ((prerared) piano and keyboards), Jerry Twyford (bass guitar) and Alex Arellano (drums and percussion). Ron Jarzombek, Marcel Coenen and Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschlager (guitar solos) among others as well as Jim Shannon (trumpet), Joe Deninzon (violin), Joshua Thomson (alto sax) and Mike Prescott (tabla tarang) played as guest musicians on this recording. Pitts and Twyford were members of avant-garde death metal band SCHOLOMANCE and Arellano was the drummer of the progressive metal heroes POWER OF OMENS. Most of the compositions are by Jimmy Pitts - they are a colorful mix of jazz, contemporary classical and rock music orchestrated in a Zappa mode: Chamber rock in a totally unique vibe, completely different to bands like UNIVERSE ZERO. Only four living drummers would have been able to play these constantly changing, often ostinato-based rhythms in such a creative and musical way: Joachim Fuchs-Charrier, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman and Alex Arellano. Alex plays "lead drums" all the time similar to Rick Colaluca (WATCHTOWER). Furthermore he reminds me of Barriemore Barlow´s tasteful drumming on the JETHRO TULL song "Heavy Horses" - this track is exemplary for Barriemore´s playing in unison with the melodic instruments. Jimmy and Jerry are also technical wizards on their instruments with a great sense of musical structures so one can say this trio plays highly complex music with a deeply emotional expression - a real quantum jump for the music of the 21th century and a guiding light for followers! I think it makes no sense to describe the music on "Towards The Mysterium" any further - this music implicates the mystery of tonality and every try of a detailed description would be nonsense... Disc-over the sound of the post-avant-garde! Labels like Cuneiform, Musea, Mals or Unicorn shouldn´t hesitate to sign this band with a pioneer spirit of radio!!!

Volkmar

heavy, complex, symphonic passages -- fascinating compositions and solos
Now I have heard the album a lot - and I hear it again. I love what they have composed and played. They are brillant musicians, the guests the same. I only can hope they sell a lot of "Towards the Mysterium"

Jimmy P.

Technically Astounding!
Wow..this really blew me away! Shockingly technical and pretty heavy at times, but also very laid back and relaxing with a lot of atmosphere & jazzy ambience. The songs don't really have a traditional structure at all and mostly just meander through various moods & textures but there's always an accessable touch that makes each song sound different from the next. The drumming is other-worldly, I've always been a huge fan of Alex Hernandez's drumming ..he was pretty crazy in Power Of Omens as well but here he really outdoes himself as do all the guest guitarists. The shred factor is well up into the red! But they keep things tasteful & memorable as well. Overall I'd reccomend this to anyone who likes technical metal, shred or prog and wants to amaze themselves. Things don't get any better than this. Can't wait for their next!

Alban Mora Jimenez

Simply amazing!! This guys kicks seroius ass!!!
The first time I played this CD my jaw dropped, I could not believe my ears. This guys have incredible compositional abilities, and also know their instruments like the palms of their hands. You can hear incredibly complex sections followed by symphonic passages, jazzy breaks, horns sections and even some ethnic parts. The guest guitar players do an incredible job as well, from solo full of feeling to insane shredding. There are almost no riffs thru the album, but they are not missed due to the richness of the music contained in the album. The term progressive avant-garde fusion fits this album all along. If you are into complex but soulful music, this album is for you!!!!

Mark Baston

The Fractured Dimension
Truly amazing band with a sound all of their own...The virtuosity is amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!