Spastic Ink - Ink Complete
Review by Brian Coles, Electric Basement

Yet another prog album. Wow! These things are flying from the woodwork like mad of late. Fortunately, it seems that there are more and more twists on the formula as progsters realize they must do something to stand out in the swelling crowd.

Spastic Ink fall under the fascinating and tricky heading of "pleasantly insane" or "mentally ill, but in a classy way." While the opener "Mad Data Race" is a blitzkrieg of riffs and flurries, "A Morning With Squeakie" comes of as disturbing cartoon music, stopping and starting as if your speakers have clogged arteries. Although "See, and It's Sharp" is a hilarious song title, the piece is actually an ominous, futuristic soundtrack for well, let's just say I felt as if someone was about to implant something in my brain. And it's about time!!! So much space to fill! I digress....

"A Wild Hare" is a playful epic that begs the questions, "Is that guitar talking to me?". Another epic, "Mosquito Brain Surgery" closes out the disc with yet more tight, jerky and downright odd structures.

Spastic Ink make me laugh. There are no vocals so that says something about there ability to communicate on a often under fed musical level, the ever ready humor button. I don't know what to say, I'm speechless. (Rating: 3.5/5)

Brian Coles, Electric Basement

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