Psychotic Waltz were one of the most underrated progressive metal bands of their era. While most of the group's early-'90s peers (primarily Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater) were still performing traditional heavy metal with more cerebral lyrics, technical expertise, and a '70s prog rock aesthetic, Psychotic Waltz and a few other, mostly lesser-known outfits were actually, truly engaged in "progressing" the state of heavy metal into altogether novel stylistic combinations. Alas, as is often the case with such groundbreaking pioneers, the band proved a little too intractable for the mainstream music marketplace and met with a premature demise after years of meager financial and critical reward. Psychotic Waltz were founded in 1985, in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, originally under the name Aslan, which they dropped ...
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