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Below is our complete Blotted Science news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Blotted Science Albums To See Vinyl Release

Antithetic Records has announced a May 21st street date for the first ever vinyl release of "The Machinations of Dementia" and "The Animation of Entomology," the two albums by insane instrumental metallers Blotted Science. The band features guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink), bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), and drummer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura).

"The Machinations of Dementia" will be issued as a limited edition gatefold double LP, with 100 copies on clear with yellow & green splatter vinyl, 150 copies on bone & blood swirl vinyl, and the remaining 250 copies in black.

"The Animation of Entomology" will come as a single LP, including a full color two-sided insert, with 100 copies on blood red vinyl, 150 copies on yellow with black splatter vinyl, and 250 copies in black. Exclusive pre-orders for both titles can now be placed via the Antithetic Records website right here.

Blotted Science was conceived in 2005 when Ron Jarzombek teamed up with Alex Webster and original drummer Chris Adler, who later had to bow out due to time constraints and was replaced by Charlie Zeleny on the band's 2007 debut release, "The Machinations of Dementia."

Zeleny's seat was taken over by Hannes Grossmann on the 2011 mini-album follow-up, "The Animation of Entomology," a 25-minute metal soundtrack scored to creepy crawly excerpts of the movies "Slither," "Creepshow," "Swarmed", and Peter Jackson's "King Kong." More...

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Blotted Science Drum Playthrough Video Available

Footage has been posted online of drummer Hannes Grossmann (also of technical metal titans Obscura) playing through the song "Ingesting Blatteria" by Blotted Science. Check out the footage below.

The full music video for "Ingesting Blatteria," synced up with the film "Creephsow," is also still available for viewing here. More...

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Blotted Science Posts "A Sting Operation" Video

Instrumental metal act Blotted Science has posted the fourth and final accompanying video clip from "The Animation Of Entomology." This clip, for the song "A Sting Operation," has been synced up with a scene from the film "Swarmed."

You can also find the previously posted "Ingesting Blattaria" video, which was synced up with the movie "Creepshow," at this location.

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Basick Records Offering Free Sampler

Basick Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a free sampler album online:

"To wish all our fans, friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and special New Year, we've released a FREE sampler featuring some of our favorite tracks from the Basick roster.

"This new sampler features tracks from recent signings Skyharbor, Blotted Science, and The Algorithm, as well as stunning work from Chimp Spanner, Aliases, Circles, Monuments, Uneven Structure, and many, many more. Did we mention it's FREE! Pick it up at Amazon today!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dark Age Of Technology Chimp Spanner
2. Act III Circles
3. The Uncollective (instrumental) Monuments
4. Celestial (edit) Skyharbor
5. Awaken (edit) Uneven Structure
6. The Winnowing 7 Horns 7 Eyes
7. A Sting Operation - Human Barbecued Blotted Science
8. This Is The Last Time I Repeat Myself Ion Dissonance
9. The Resurgent The Arusha Accord
10. The Reality Of Beliefs Aliases
11. Oceans Visions
12. Isometry Algorithm

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Charlie Zeleny Posts "Drumageddon" Video Clip

Drummer Charlie Zeleny (Blotted Science) has performed the ultimate drum solo entitled "Drumageddon" up an entire multi-floor building in Brooklyn, NYC from the street to roof in one continuous take using a single HD camera in tow. Charlie Z shredded drums through multiple floors & hallways of the building without stopping using multiple Protools rigs and 4 separate complete drumsets along with stage hands moving parts of drumsets along with him between locations in the 7+ minute video, available below. A press release about the video reads as follows:

"This Ultimate Drum Solo featured drummer Charlie Z improvising everything from bombastic Rock Drumming, Latin Jazz Fusion and Gospel Chops R&B Shredding to fast Drum N Bass and Progressive Metal drum solos. The grand finale is on Charlie Z's gigantic 40 Piece Drumset on top of the graffiti stricken roof overlooking the Empire State Building and the NYC Skyline.

"All the cutting edge camera work was filmed by breakout Director Chris Ott of Evil Dog Films and all the epic sound was captured by master Engineer Brian Penny of Three Egg Studios along with logistical experts Jason Rutherford and Freddy Nightliker of Cablesmith and Bryan Kane, Three Egg Studio owner and lead singer of the indie rock powerhouse Bone Gunn. More...

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Blotted Science Posts Guitar Instructional Video

Blotted Science guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink) has released an instructional video for the song "Cretaceous Chasm" from the band's "The Animation Of Entomology" EP, which can be viewed below . In it, the guitarist explains the application of the twelve-tone system devised specifically for the writing process of the EP, which will be the subject of a forthcoming DVD, titled "Dissecting Bugs."

States Jarzombek: “I’ve been mentioning this ’12-Tones In Fragmented Rows’ system in interviews and it seems that even non-musicians are interested in it, so I put together this video to give listeners some insight on how it all works. I thought it would be best to break this all down into its most basic theoretical form, and play examples of its use. I chose to post the basic guitar tracks to 'Cretaceous Chasm' because it is the simplest song on the EP and is the easiest to grasp theoretically. The song will also appear first on my upcoming instructional DVD, 'Dissecting Bugs,' where I will go in-depth with all of the 12-tone theory, and play all guitar parts on all songs from the EP. Things do get a bit complicated when melodies and solos are laid on top of the note groups, but we’ll get to all of that good stuff on the DVD."

More information about the sample video, including the transcription/tabs, can be found at this location. Blotted Science also recently synced up the "Cretaceous Chasm" track with a scene from the movie "King Kong." Check out the clip here.

"The Animation Of Entomology," which also features the talents of bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura), will get its European release via U.K. based Basick Records today, November 28th. The follow-up to the band's 2007 "The Machinations Of Dementia" full-length album was produced and mixed by Ron Jarzombek and recorded in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and V. Santura's Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany where the drums were cut. Mastering duties were once again handled by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark. More...

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Blotted Science Posts "Ingesting Blattaria" Clip

After previously syncing songs with the movies "King Kong" and "Slither," instrumental metal act Blotted Science has now posted a new video clip online for the track "Ingesting Blattaria," this time synced up with the movie "Creepshow." The track is taken off the recently released "The Animation Of Entomology" EP.

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Blotted Science Syncs Track To "Slither"

After previously syncing up a track to a scene from "King Kong," instrumental metal act Blotted Science has now posted a video clip online syncing the song "Vermicular Asphyxiation" to a scene from the movie "Slither." You can check out the clip below.

The track is taken off "The Animation Of Entomology" EP which will be released throughout Europe on November 28th by Basick Records. Commented Ron Jarzombek: "OK, all you ghouls and goblins out there - here is our little contribution to the Halloween festivities. No giant spiders and nasty worms battling heroic humans in a primordial pit of death this time around, just a clandestine home invasion of the slitherin' kind. If you decide to stay in from the trick or treating tonight, be sure to lock your windows and shut your mouth. You never know what may be trying to get in."

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Blotted Science Inks Deal With Basick Records

Basick Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with instrumental technical metal act Blotted Science:

"Basick Records is more than a little bit excited to announce that the legendary Blotted Science joined their ever growing family of forward thinking and progressive metal acts! Featuring the talents of guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster, and new arrival, drummer Hannes Grossmann, Blotted Science produces some of the most extreme technical music known to man."

Ron Jarzombek, guitarist and evil genius behind Blotted Science commented: “I'm really excited to be partnering with Barley and the Basick Records crew on the new Blotted Science record, ‘The Animation of Entomology’. They are a young, exciting company on the cutting edge, whose roster is very much compatible with what Blotted Science is all about, so I feel like this will be a great home for us. Feeding 'The Animation Of Entomology' into their distribution channels should noticeably improve our retail visibility and availability compared to 'The Machinations Of Dementia'. I'm looking forward to working with Basick and maximizing our potential to the fullest in Europe!"

Basick label owner Barley also comments: “Having been a huge admirer of Ron’s output for a number of years, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Blotted Science to the family! I can’t wait to get this record out to all our dedicated fans in Europe!”

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Blotted Science Syncs Track With "King Kong"

Instrumental metal act Blotted Science has posted a video clip online syncing up the song "Cretaceous Chasm" with a scene from the film "King Kong." You can check out the clip below. The track is taken from the band's new EP "The Animation Of Entomology," which was released earlier this month.

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Blotted Science Posts New EP Artwork

Instrumental technical metal act Blotted Science has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new EP "The Animation Of Entomology," which is set for release on October 4th, 2011. The artwork and track listing are available below.

1. Ingesting Blattaria
2. Cretaceous Chasm
3. Vermicular Asphyxiation
4. A Sting Operation
I. Human Barbequed
II. Cessation Sanitation
III. Seeing Dead People
IV. Omitting Eyes

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Blotted Science Comments On Upcoming EP

Technical extreme metal instrumentalists Blotted Science, featuring guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster, and new arrival, drummer Hannes Grossmann, are currently putting the finishing touches on their new EP, "The Animation Of Entomology," which is due out this fall via Ron Jarzombek's EclecticElectric label.

"Well, it's been a long, arduous process but we're finally seeing light at the end of tunnel," states Jarzombek. "Hannes has been done for a few months, Alex finished up his tracks in early June, and I'm now in the home stretch with my solos. I'm so psyched about what the reaction will be once fans hear and see what we're doing. If you can imagine a cross between Cannibal Corpse, Spastic Ink, and a Bugs Bunny cartoon — that's pretty much what's going on."

"The Animation Of Entomology" takes Jarzombek's fascination with animated cartoons and creepy crawlies to a whole new level. After having experimented with writing complex pieces of music to sync up with classic movie sequences for Spastic Ink on "The Wild Hare" and "The Cereal Mouse," the concept has now been applied to Blotted Science over the course of seven songs and a total of 24 minutes of music.

"I totally busted my ass syncing things up, carefully orchestrated music to film, bug movies actually, and nit-picked notes to death on this material until my fingers bleed and my brain nearly exploded," Jarzombek says. "We wanted to follow up 'Machinations' along some of the same lines of science and gore, and came up with a killer concept and some great material with yet another 12-tone system. How everything all falls into place I think is beyond incredible! Whether this is the heaviest or most technical thing I've ever done, I don't really know or care, but no other band/project is pulling off what we are doing with this EP."

"The Animation Of Entomology" track listing is as follows:

1. Ingesting Blattaria
2. Cretaceous Chasm
3. Vermicular Asphyxiation
4. A Sting Operation
I. Human Barbequed
II. Cessation Sanitation
III. Seeing Dead People
IV. Omitting Eyes

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Blotted Science Reveals New EP Track Listing

Instrumental metal act Blotted Science has announced the band's new EP will be titled "The Animation Of Entomology." The track listing for the EP, which is set for release on October 4th, is as follows:

1. Ingesting Blattaria
2. Cretaceous Chasm
3. Vermicular Asphyxiation
4. A Sting Operation: I. Human Barbequed
5. A Sting Operation: II. Cessation Sanitation
6. A Sting Operation: III. Seeing Dead People
7. A Sting Operation: IV. Omitting Eyes

You can also check out a look at Blotted Science in our "Unearthing the Underground" column, which can be found at this location.

The Blotted Science lineup is as follows:

Ron Jarzombek - guitars
Alex Webster - bass
Hannes Grossmann - drums

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Blotted Science Posts New EP Teaser

Technical instrumental act Blotted Science has posted a teaser online for the band's upcoming EP "The Animation Of Entomology." You can check out the teaser clip below.

Blotted Science was also recently highlighted in our "Unearthing the Underground" column, which can be found here.

The Blotted Science lineup is as follows:

Ron Jarzombek - guitars
Alex Webster - bass
Hannes Grossmann - drums

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Column

Unearthing The Instrumental Metal Underground

In this week’s edition of the Unearthing the Metal Underground column we’ll take a look at three bands that all defy one of the most basic and recognizable traits of extreme metal – a strong vocal presence. These bands feature musicians who have ditched the front man to let their instruments do all the screaming, crooning, whispering, chanting, and shouting.

Whether as a conscious decision, or simply due to the lack of a talented vocalist who can match the music, these three lesser known bands all show that metal doesn’t need grunts or shrieks to tear off faces and shatter ear drums. Without a vocal element, the musicians have the opportunity to bring many different sounds to the forefront that are easily lost by other bands, creating a completely different experience than the standard thrash or death metal track.

Odyssey

Spokane based three piece Odyssey is an instrumental act by choice, having no use for vocals getting in the way of the instrumentation. Don’t let that fact make you think the music doesn’t sing, however, as the long tracks are filled to the brim with technical showcases and progressive transitions that paint a picture in the head just as well as a vocalist could conjure with either clean singing or growling.

Odyssey has very clear influences from the technical metal giants, as well as some of the more well known progressive acts, but the music is more about the journey than the label found at the destination. Any given song can have any number of stylistic shifts, and even throws in a sound reminiscent of metalcore or deathcore from time to time, while keeping everything together into a unified whole.

To hear what Odyssey has to offer, you can check out the entire “Schematics” EP (reviewed here), which is available for streaming through the group’s Bandcamp page, or read our interview with the trio at this location. The songs “Iconoclast” and “Ascendance,” from the debut “Objects in Space” album, can also be heard in the clips below.

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Blotted Science To Release New EP

Extreme instrumental metal act Blotted Science, featuring guitarist Ron Jarzombek and bassist Alex Webster alongside drummer Hannes Grossmann, has issued the following update on the recording of its new EP "The Animation Of Entomology."

"This concept started to take shape in June of '08 when Blotted Science got together for the first time to rehearse and threw ideas around for a second CD. We wanted to score some kind of creepy horror film, and so something was definitely abuzz…

"The idea of writing music that syncs up perfectly with clips of disgusting insects and other creepy creatures was set in motion.

"After working with close to a dozen movie clips, it became apparent that to do a full-length CD, it would take far too long to complete. You need to take in the fact that we are writing exclusively with a 12-tone system 100% of the time, so things get very detailed, nitpicky and restricted. On the timing side of things... counts, measures, time signatures and note subdivisions also now have to conform to frames per second and more importantly match and coincide with what is onscreen. Throw out any semblance of verses and choruses too while you're at it. Rather than have musical sections last a series of measures, some full sections now last just a few counts.

"I've scored music to film before with Spastic Ink's 'A Wild Hare' and 'The Cereal Mouse', and Alex and I have written with a specific 12-tone system on the first Blotted Science CD, 'The Machinations Of Dementia', but putting these two together has been brutally intense.

"Will all of this be too much for fans to take in? We shall see… literally…

"The EP entitled 'The Animation Of Entomology' will contain seven new Blotted Science songs, and will be approximately 24 minutes long. Hannes will be going into Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany on January 31, 2011, with V. Santura engineering, and is now preparing for the session. Alex is recording his bass tracks at his Hell Whole Studios in Tampa, and I am locked away in my Live Oak Studios here in San Antonio. If all goes well, we should have everything recorded in a few months."

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Too Much Is Never Enough: Technical Metal in 2009

Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.

So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...

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Blotted Science Reveal New Album Tracklisting

BLOTTED SCIENCE, the instrumental extreme metal triumvirate featuring guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), and drummer Charlie Zeleny (BEHOLD.....THE ARCTOPUS, JORDAN RUDESS), have released the tracklisting for their debut album, The Machinations Of Dementia.

The tracklisting: 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'Laser Lobotomy', 'Brain Fingerprinting', 'Oscillation Cycles', 'Activation Synthesis Theory: I - Is There A Dead Guy Under The Bed?, II - Monsters In My Closet, III - Flight In Space, IV - Suffocation, VI - Quicksand', 'REM', 'Night Terror', 'Bleeding In The Brain', 'Vegetation', 'Narcolepsy', 'EEG Tracings', 'Sleep Deprivation', 'The Insomniac', 'Amnesia', 'Adenosine Breakdown', 'Adenosine Buildup'.

Says mainman Ron Jarzombek: "There is still a bit of work left to be done do until everything is in the can, which I'll get around to once I'm back from Japan. I'm heading out of here in a couple of days to meet up with with MARTY FRIEDMAN, Chris Catero, and Jeremy Colson in Tokyo for one last show. We will be playing at the Ebisu Liquid Room, next Saturday, May 12th ; the gig is being filmed for a live DVD due out later this year along with a live album we recorded over in Europe last month. Should be very cool!"

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Blotted Science Replace Drummer Yet Again

BLOTTED SCIENCE, the instrumental extreme metal project led by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), has parted ways with drummer Derek Roddy (ex-HATE ETERNAL, NILE) who replaced original skinsman Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) only months ago. Taking Roddy's place is highly touted New Jersey native Charlie Zeleny of newly signed Black Market Activities/Metal Blade recordings artists BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS.

"Well, sometimes things don't quite work out they way you want them to and this is one of those instances," commented Ron Jarzombek on the split. "Derek Roddy gave us his notice a couple of weeks ago and won't be a part of BLOTTED SCIENCE after all. Everything is still cool between us. Basically, Derek did not have the necessary time to dedicate to the project — he's writing a book and has a clinic tour coming up — and, unfortunately, the physical distance between us proved to be a bigger than anticipated obstacle in the recording process. Anyway, the good news is that Charlie Zeleny from BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS has stepped in on the fly and he's already begun final tracking. Charlie is totally smokin' on this shit! The man is seriously skilled and besides doing lots of session work on the East Coast, Charlie is also working with Jordan Rudess from DREAM THEATER as a member of his online conservatory staff. You can get the full lowdown on Dr. Z on his website www.CharlieZeleny.com . Barring any further delays we'll have all the drums recorded by October/November and finish the album before Christmas."

BLOTTED SCIENCE's debut CD, "The Machinations of Dementia", is tentatively scheduled for an early 2007 release through a yet-to-be determined label. Among the 16 songs set for inclusion are 'Narcolepsy', 'Bleeding In The Brain', 'R.E.M.', 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'Laser Lobotomy', 'The Insomniac', 'EEG Tracings', 'Oscillation Cycles', and 'Brain Fingerprinting'.

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Blotted Science Recruit Hate Eternal Drummer

Blotted Science, the technical extreme metal project masterminded by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink) and bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), have announced the addition of drummer Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal). Roddy replaces Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) who recently had to bow out due to other commitments. The earlier tentative project name, The Machinations Of Dementia, will now find its place as the CD's title.

"Alex and I are stoked to welcome Derek to the fold - he is an incredible drummer", enthuses Jarzombek. "His skills and abilities work out extremely well for us since we are writing and recording separately and sending files back and forth via the internet. Derek, Alex and I got a chance to meet up at NAMM last week, had a great time talking about the project, and are all very hyped to get things moving.

"Derek will begin recording at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, hopefully with Eric Rutan producing, after Hate Eternal get back from their upcoming European tour. Alex is half way done recording his bass tracks for the album and will be totally done in a few weeks. Then it's up to Derek and me to finish up mid-year."

'The Machinations Of Dementia' will feature 16 songs, including 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'Bleeding In The Brain', 'Narcolepsy', 'Oscillation Cycles', 'Brain Fingerprinting', and 'Laser Lobotomy', and is scheduled for a late 2006 release on a yet to be determined label.

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