Watchtower is a progressive technical thrash band based in Austin, Texas that was mostly active in the 1980s. Their debut album, Energetic Disassembly, was released in 1985. The album is notable for its heavy use of time changes and is considered to be a landmark in progressive metal.
In 1989 Watchtower released a second album, Control and Resistance, with Ron Jarzombek handling the guitar duties.
While Watchtower never received much popular fame, they have been cited as influences by heavy metal bands, and popular progressive bands such as Dream Theater.
Various members have pursued other projects, including Ron Jarzombek's solo project Spastic Ink, Jason McMaster joining Dangerous Toys and Doug and Rick's venture called Retarted Elf.
The band re-united in 1999 with the original line-up and had plans on releasing a new album in 2006 which would be called Mathematics, but due to some conflicts between members, the release of the album is at this point, very questionable.
Created by dipity on Jan 24, 2008
Last updated: 11/17/09 at 04:47 PM
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