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Watchtower

Watchtower remains on the most over-the-top prog metal outfits of all-time. Their songs often came off as excuses to shred away and show off their member's instrumental prowess, and although the group remains quite obscure, they (along with Dream Theater) spawned countless musical offspring by the '90s -- Spock's Beard, Dali's Dilemma, Cairo, Ice Age, Royal Hunt, etc. The Texas-based band first came together in the early '80s, drawing inspiration from such established challenging rockers as Rush and Iron Maiden -- and featuring the lineup of frontman Jason McMaster, guitarist Ron Jarzombek, bassist Doug Keyser, and drummer Rick Colaluca. 1986 saw the release of the group's debut album, Energetic Disassembly, as Watchtower immediately built a cult following in Europe, where prog metal is widely worshipped.

Just before recording sessions were to begin for Watchtower's sophomore effort, McMaster left the group to join Guns N' Roses-disciples Dangerous Toys, and was replaced with former Hades vocalist Alan Tecchio in time for 1989's Control and Resistance (a demo of McMaster singing the Control songs became a hot item in fan trading circles). The band split shortly thereafter after Jarzombek came down with an ailment that affected his hands, as not much was heard from the group or its members until the late '90s, when McMaster rejoined the band for a huge metal festival in Germany, which led to further shows opening for Dream Theater and a planned third album in the works. In 2001, Watchtower issued a collection of unreleased demos on the Monster label to tide fans over until a proper third studio effort appears. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Every metal genre you'll need right here.
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Is it me, or does the singer kind of sound like Geddy Lee in some parts?
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One of the most technecal metal bands, but not the first. They sound like rush, fates warning, dream theater. The most time signitures I heard in a song.
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Damn enter key. Billy White was the first guitarist for Watchtower. I grew up in Austin watching them play at the Ritz for a couple of bucks a show in the eighties. My brother took guitar lessons from Billy. Ron's a bad@ss, but he didn't join until C&R, when Billy left to play with Dokken.
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Greg Prato needs to fact check his sh!t. Billy White was the first guitarist for
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greybrother
Similar artists:
Spiral Architect
Cynic
Atheist
Fates Warning
Neglected Fields
Toxik
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yep...Watcht o w e r are THE GRANDDADDY'S of 80's prog metal. I first heard them on Noise Records Doomsday News 2. Theirs was a killer demo version of Dangerous Toy, before Alan Tecchio joined (it was probably McMaster). Being in South Florida, I hung out with Sean and Paul of Cynic on quite a few occasions... a n d Watchtower was one of the bands that they idolized, along with Ludichrist and Rush and Mahavishnu to mention a few! I really don't have much hope that Watchtower will ever regroup f
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tyler.thackr a y
Sounds a LOT like Spiral Architect, and vice versa.
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Band's more chaotic than Rush, even at Rush's most chaotic. As far as I know, Watchtower tries to be relatively more freeform (even slightly jazz-influen c e d at times), while Rush is more deterministi c overall.

And @Drizzt: At least Atheist is there. Testament and Anthrax probably don't belong as SIMILAR artists. Actually, come to think of it, Pandora's "similaritie s " are too broad.
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Seeing Savatage in the similar artists pane and no Cynic kinda makes me wanna puke...that and that all music write-up.
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The first technical metal band?
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my sentiments exactly. the band kinda sounds like RUSH
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Singer sounds like Geddy Lee when he yells...

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