Behold... The Arctopus

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Behold… The Arctopus
Behold… The Arctopus at Death By Audio
Behold… The Arctopus at Death By Audio
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresAvant-garde metal, progressive metal, technical death metal[1]
Years active2001–present
LabelsBlack Market Activities
MembersMike Lerner
Colin Marston
Jason Bauers
Past membersCharlie Zeleny, Weasel Walter

Behold… The Arctopus is an American avant-garde metal band from Brooklyn, New York City, formed in 2001.


Behold The Arctopus was formed by Colin Marston and Mike Lerner, who had been playing guitar together for over a year-and-a-half by the time they found a drummer. Their demo We Need a Drummer (on which a drum machine was used) was picked up by drummer Charlie Zeleny. Zeleny met Lerner and Marston and impressed the duo. He was immediately asked to join the band.[2]

After releasing two EPs and a split, Behold The Arctopus released their first full-length, entitled Skullgrid, on October 16, 2007.[3] The band went on tour with Genghis Tron and The Dillinger Escape Plan to support the album, but it was cut short by an injury of one of the members of The Dillinger Escape Plan.[4] To help them recoup financial losses from that tour, Between the Buried and Me took the band on tour, supported by August Burns Red.

On December 30, 2008, drummer Charlie Zeleny posted a statement on his MySpace page stating that after five years with Behold The Arctopus, he would be leaving the group to focus on his career as a session musician.[5] On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch."[6] The band made a brief announcement confirming it on December 16, 2009.[7]

Musical style[edit]

Behold The Arctopus play instrumental music inspired by both metal and 20th century classical music. This technical and progressive style is executed on a regular electric guitar and drum kit but involves a 12-string Warr guitar, an instrument that covers the range of a bass and guitar and is generally played by tapping with either one or two hands.[2] Their music often includes dissonance, and polyrhythms.

Influences on their music range from heavy metal, progressive metal to technical death metal, amongst other genres. Influential heavy metal bands include Ulver, Death, Neurosis, Darkthrone, Meshuggah, Atheist, Voivod and Gorguts. Composers Béla Bartók, Luciano Berio, Arnold Schoenberg, and Krzysztof Penderecki have all influenced the band.

Marston has explained the band's recording process in an interview: "The songs written by one member were all scored out on paper and learned by the band. The first couple songs only had a few notated parts, the majority being written on the instrument and never written down. The trend has definitely been going more towards writing everything out."[8]


Studio albums[edit]


Split releases[edit]

  • Split with Orthrelm (2006, CD and vinyl, Crucial Blast Records, EYEOFSOUND)


  • We Need a Drummer (2002, digital,


  • Memphis 3-6-06 (2007, DVD, s.l.a.p.)


Former members[edit]



  1. ^ "Behold The Arctopus – Skullgrid". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Marisa Brown. "Behold... The Arctopus | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Behold... The Arctopus on Metal Blade". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  4. ^ "Genghis Tron website". Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  5. ^ "Charlie Z - NYC Session Drummer on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads". Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  6. ^ Walter, Weasel (November 25, 2009). "goodbye california, hello new york ugEXPLODE sale!!! 14".
  7. ^ Behold... the Arctopus (December 16, 2009). "New drums, new jamz". MySpace. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "Unknown". Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  9. ^ "Behold… The Arctopus Set June Release For New Album, Debut "Blessing In Disgust"". March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2020.

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