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Dismantled is a new project consisting of Gary Zon, a web designer from Oregon, USA. He says that he started Dismantled because he was unhappy with the current music scene and wanted to present his vision of electronic music to the world. Did he succeed? Well, keep on reading and you'll find out (at least if I think so).
The music sounds a bit like Front Line Assembly did around the release of "Tactical Neural Implant", that is dark electronic sounds and complex rhythms. Of course this is not as brilliant as the mentioned album, but close. Almost all the vocals are vocoded which sounds pretty cool, but to be honest I get a little bit tired of them in the long run. It's usually a nice touch to one song or two, but not on an entire album. Along with the vocals are the usual
movie samples; a very popular bit from "The Matrix" (see if you can spot it), and from "Armageddon" to name a few.
One track that became a favourite right away was "Human", it consist of very heavy beats and for a change the vocals aren't vocoded during the entire song, at least something. The song has a nice Skinny Puppy feel to it, in fact the
whole album is heavily influenced by them, at least I get those vibes. Another hit is "Dystopia" , it's one of the few songs that I can't imagine being done without a vocoder. It just fits in so well with the slow, pumping rhythms and the dark electronic soundscapes.
One of the most danceable tracks on this album is "Survivor". This is as much Front Line Assembly as it can get, but it's no rip-off though. This is the song where the mentioned "Armageddon" sample is included, and I'm not sure if it's just me, but I think it's kind of boring to use samples from big blockbuster movies. I think it's much more fun if a song consists of samples from movies
that maybe not everyone has seen and will recognise. This also goes for "The Matrix" sample which I've all ready heard in at least four different tracks the last two years. Not too innovative I think.
Despite from the negative comments I think in fact that this is an excellent debut. One thing to remember if you buy this one is that it may take a couple of listens before you'll enjoy it. At least it did so for me, it kind of grows on you, you might say. Dismantled is really a name to keep in mind, for I think this really can become something great. The electronic scene need stuff like this; almost 99% future pop free. Let's just hope that Gary Zon doesn't fall down that trap...
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Name: Horizontal Theory (18.104.22.168)
Expect even better music from Dismantled in the near future.
Name: ShockWave (22.214.171.124)
genius and briliant....
and u suckers come back to disco-ebm
Name: Zeitgeist (126.96.36.199)
The album comes off as a tribute to FLA, when Mr Zone releases something original I'll rethink my(very low) opinion of this project.
Finally some "new" old style
Name: Echo5ive (188.8.131.52)
I'm the first to admit that I'm an FLA fanboy, and Dismantled really rubbed me in the right direction with its style similar to FLA ca 1994. Survivor and Human are excellent tracks!
Name: cyrax (184.108.40.206)
not as good as allied vision but is the best ebm thing to come out in years....death to the techn-goth influence rise of the futuristic soundtrack influences !?!?!
Name: Ezechiel (220.127.116.11)
sorry, but this is utter rubbish, I bought the cd because dependent has very good stuff so far, but what they serve us here is crap full stop. I don't get it, tearing down Epsilon Minus and giving this shit a good rating? It's the upside world here. Avoid this one like the plague!!!
Name: TRoTzKoPpF (18.104.22.168)
one of the best stuff I've heard last month.
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