BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS

Behold… The Arctopus is an American avant-garde metal band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2001.

Behold The Arctopus play instrumental music inspired by both metal and 20th century classical music. This technical and progressive style is executed on a regular electric guitar and drum kit but involves a 12-string Warr guitar, an instrument that covers the range of a bass and guitar and is generally played by tapping with either one or two hands. Their music often includes dissonance, and polyrhythms.

Influences on their music range from Heavy metal, Progressive Metal to Technical Death Metal, amongst other genres. Influential heavy metal bands include Ulver, Death, Neurosis, Darkthrone, Meshuggah, Atheist, Voivod and Gorguts. Composers Béla Bartók, Luciano Berio, Arnold Schoenberg, and Krzysztof Penderecki have all influenced the band.

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