Album Review: Dismantled – The Hero EP

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!

 

 

 

E.S.A - Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt 3: Penance

Album Review: E.S.A – Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 3 – Penance

Rhythmic noise is an eldritch gem of the dark electronic music universe. It’s lullabies for people (like yours truly) who keep Masonna in their day to day playlists.

To make rhythmic noise, you take one part harsh industrial and whisk in some dramatic orchestral drums. Then sprinkle in some pan flutes or whatever other new age-y bright accent instrument you have lying around, and distort and overdrive the hell out of all of it.

It’s so awesome.

Have you ever come up with one of those “songs to bring to a deserted island” lists?

All of mine are rhythmic noise. It’s my singularly favourite genre out of a few terabytes worth of music.

So yuh, you bet I’m pretty excited about a new Electronic Substance Abuse album!

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Killing Joke - Pylon

Album Review – Killing Joke – Pylon (2015)

Full disclosure – I didn’t consider myself a big Killing Joke fan – but after listening to Pylon, I feel like I’ve been missing out on a unique experience.

The band reunited with their original format a few years ago, and have since been steadily pressing albums.

Killing Joke are the prophesied horsemen of the apocalypse, an aural assault of melodic chords and power riffs, guided by Jaz’s legendary political diatribe. Released just in October this year, Pylon is utterly mind-blowing.

Check out my full review on Spill Magazine – you don’t want to miss this.

Killing Joke – Pylon 2015 on iTunes Music – Buy the damn album!