Dismantled holds a very special place in my music library. His early work contains three of my favourite tracks of all time by virtue of being my gateway into noise music.
I’ve loved many more artists since those early years, but Dismantled is the one who opened my mind towards this obscure niche of electronica and it changed my life forever.
No two Dismantled albums have been the same.
His self-titled album in 2002 had a grimy, white-label rhythmic noise vibe that was unforgettable. The distorted and compressed vocals, abrasive mechanical grinding samples, and erratic beats in “On Your Knees” made this track the epitome of dystopian music, a ballad commemorating the globally historical moment of agony and fear. The subsequent Post-Nuclear and Standard Issue albums were a clear evolutionary path for Dismantled – Zon’s vocals got cleaner, the song structure more defined, clear patterns so familiar to EBM listeners emerging from the chaos. By 2007, When I Am Dead took a danceable approach, focusing on lyrics and choral effects, while the last full album released in 2011, The War Inside Me, took a detour into fist-pumping rage-spewing Aggrotech territory akin to FGFC820 and prodigious mentors Suicide Commando.
And here we are, after a four year break, with a fresh new sound that is more polished than ever and shows how much Gary has learned in his career.
Read my full review on Spill Magazine.
And stay tuned for The Hero full release!