Spastic Ink - Ink Complete
Review by Nathan Robinson, Metal Rules!
Ink Complete was originally released in 1997 and has been out of print for a couple years. And because this CD absolutely rules the universe and is very hard to find, it was a splendid and much-appreciated idea to re-release it. So for those of you who still donít have it, nowís your chance!! And for those of you who do own it, hereís a reason to buy it again: a 24-minute bonus track has been added to the end of the CD, bringing the total disc length to over 73 minutes!! Hell yes!! The bonus track is a compilation of edited Ink Complete work tapes. Most of the material is bits and pieces of demo versions of the songs on the album, although a few parts sound new since they apparently were never used. The quality varies throughout the bonus track, but it is a rather interesting listen. In addition, the booklet contains a new layout same interesting liner notes and drawings for each song, but this time in color and arranged a bit differently.
This album is breathtaking and downright amazing. Ink Complete must be owned by every metal fan on this planet! I would like to have given this album a six out of five, as albums like this one are rare. I wouldnít call it a 'guitar hero' album, as most 'guitar hero' albums Iíve heard are more gentile, typical, showy, and have standard boring drummers and bassists. Instrumental albums should focus on everything the guitars, drums, bass, and how the songs are written. Spastic Ink delivers just that! There is really only one complaint I can level against this album: the production of the drums. They sound a bit harsh and under-produced. Now Iím all for rough and natural-sounding drums. But the drums on this album are harsh, and thus a bit hard on the ears. I want to just crank this album louder than shit every time I put it on, but the drums would totally obliterate my hearing. But what the hell, at least theyíre not electronic! Visit the Spastic Ink web site at: http://www.ronjarzombek.com/. Read every damn page, listen to some samples, and buy damn CD!!!! (Rating: 5/5)
Nathan Robinson, Metal Rules!