Released: 2007, Metal Blade Records
Well this is a steaming pile of shit if I’ve ever heard it. I’ve never heard of Psyopus before this album (their second apparently), and I’m hoping I’ll never hear of them after it either. Thankfully, Metal Blade Records saw fit not to provide a bio on the band, as I don’t really want to know about them. I’m guessing most readers won’t want to either. I don’t even care if this review is hammered for journalistic laziness either because I didn’t check the Internet for the band’s history. I will only waste as little time as possible on this band.
That was a little harsh for an opening paragraph wasn’t it? You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from. Well, it’s safe to say that OUR PUZZLING ENCOUNTERS CONSIDERED is one of the most annoying albums I’ve ever had the displeasure to listen to. Friends, this album is what happens when fans of Dillinger Escape Plan and Illogicist get together and decide that playing grind music would be a good idea. Well, it’s not. It’s annoying as fuck. This album is one giant mess of noise which, while probably the point, is not fun to listen to. Seriously, there wasn’t a single moment of enjoyment on this disc. The album gets a single point because the band does mange to show their chops, despite the incoherent music.
Am I being an old curmudgeon? Maybe. After all, I’ve seen widely divergent opinions on this album (damn it, I guess I did do a little research after all), ranging from those similar to mine, to others who sound the trumpets and herald this band as the best thing since sliced bread. Good for you guys. I’ll take the sliced bread, thanks.