Greymachine
Disconnected


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
October 17th, 2009 | 104 replies | 10,833 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You don’t know how long we’ve been waiting for a collaboration like this…

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Isis and Godflesh together at last. If those two names don’t get your blood flowing right now, I can only show you the door. Upon first hearing about this alliance, the fanboy in myself could only handle the anticipation for so long. The reason that people like myself get worked up is because metal giants like Aaron Turner and Justin K Broadrick teaming up can only mean great things. Take a look at what the now defunct (2002) Godflesh did for industrialized metal and industrial itself, creating the highly regarded Streetcleaner and the under appreciated earth- shaking albums Selfless and Hymns. Aaron Turner on the other hand is undoubtedly a huge fan of Godflesh, which is reflected on all of his post-metal Isis’ albums. Turners influences dive so deep into Godflesh’s catalogue that one must wonder if 2002s Oceanic is what Godflesh would have sounded like if Broadrick had trekked on. Even looking past both of these tremendously talented bands efforts, you have to factor in both lead musicians outstanding side projects such as Jesu or Old Man Gloom, which would be somewhat of a chore to word without sounding like hyperbole. If you go into Disconnected thinking that your dreams of Godflesh and Isis making babies is going to come true, this baby is going to come out looking like it was tossed into a blender and I promise, you will have a rather difficult time distinguishing between an eyeball from a limb. What makes Greymachine so wonderful is the fact that the band does away with anything that makes them sound like Godflesh and Isis and hits play on the noise assault.

Actually, I have to admit that the sentence above me isn’t entirely true. How do you shed your entire past when you simply want to create the most enduringly difficult piece of music in your entire career? This is an industrial wasteland of an album, rife with overflowing, toxic industrial hazards and blanketed with a nightmarish white noise. What Broadrick was trying to achieve on Streetcleaner, with its minimalist approach to industrial chug, Turner is there to fill in the gaps with his rich, chunky sound that was captured perfectly on 2000s Celestial. This is where the comparisons end. Disconnected begins and ends on a crushingly jagged note with little in the way of actual song structure. Basically, if you love to throw on your headphones and space off to noisy excursions for long periods of time, this album will certainly satisfy. Not that this is a one-dimensional type of album, there is still plenty going on in the background that will indeed take multiple listens to sift through. For the most part, gruellingly harsh guitar tones are mostly front and centre that are carried by mid-tempo, stomping beats while every nook and cranny is somehow jammed tight with unforgiving sound effects and synth dissonance. Just when you thought you’ve heard the brown noise, which opens a majority of the songs, each composition is awash in what can be described as that hollow, lo-fi noise that can be heard on under produced black metal classics; the “kvlt” albums if you will. It’s almost as if Broadrick and Turner were trying to combine the doomy, mechanical riffing of industrial with the sheer atmosphere of black metal. This combination works effectively, eating away at the listener while they try and find a moment of comfort amongst the chaotic atmosphere.

To put the icing on the cake with this unique piece of noise metal, Justin Broadrick takes the reigns behind the soundboard, producing and mixing the entire album. Also adding to the quality of musicianship on this album and filling in the remainder of the lineup is bassist Dave Cochrane and electronics guru Diarmuid Dalton who have both appeared alongside many of Broadricks side projects during the 80s, 90s, and 00s and have most likely served as some form of inspiration to the multi-talented musician during these time periods. Trying to describe a toxic mess like this isn’t easy and Disconnected will only confuse such loyal fans of both bands. If the pretty melodies and chugga-chug of Isis is what your looking for, you will be quickly escorted to the nearest exit. If the primitive pounding of Godflesh is to be expected, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. This industrialized/ noise metal hybrid is going to throw you a curveball and leave your brain bloody and bruised. Also might make a few top 10’s for 2009, no?



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Wizard
October 17th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hope you guys enjoy the review. This album swept me off my feet and I can't stop listening to it. Willie, I hope you enjoy this dude.

Digging: Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts

YouAreMySilence
October 17th 2009



3727 Comments


Great review.
Don't really like Godflesh and Isis aren't bad, hell I don't even like industrial music that much, but the album art and your review really makes me want to check this out.
Pos'd.

Wizard
October 17th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you kindly. If you like your metal noisy, you should have no problem getting into this. The only thing I can compare this to in terms of Godflesh is the mechanical feel.

YouAreMySilence
October 17th 2009



3727 Comments


Yah noisy metal tends to be my thing,
one question though..
why aren't you Contributor yet? haha.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2009



17200 Comments


ooooooooooooooooo this likes like it has some potential. apply for contrib btw.

Wizard
October 17th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't have the diversity to apply for contributor. However, I will take it into consideration. Thank you muchly guys.

Photon
October 17th 2009



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well im sure ill like this ..nice review ..going to check this out now

poopty
October 17th 2009



319 Comments


on a scale of 1-10 how good is godflesh i never listened to them

rasputin
October 18th 2009



14519 Comments


good review karl. i dont really like isis at all and streetcleaner has been sitting on my ipod for about 2 months now waiting to be listened. need to get on that

Zip
October 18th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ohhh snap

Countorous
October 18th 2009



169 Comments


wizard, why did you rec us xasthur

jingledeath
October 18th 2009



7104 Comments


getting now

Wizard
October 18th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wizard, why did you rec us xasthur

Xasthur does that fuzzy lo-fi atmosphere and I thought that particular album complimented this well.

Jingle, I want to listen to that Russian Circles album your digging.

Rasputin, this is nothing like Isis so no worries. About Godflesh, I don't know if industrial is your thing but it's no doubt a solid album. I think you may enjoy a few tracks from this tbqh.

BrandNewBoognish
October 18th 2009



1021 Comments


I'll listen to this later. Most reviews i've read except yours have been quite negative

Wizard
October 18th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only other review I've read on this was from Decibal mag last month (9/10). It's not an album that will get as much attention or critical praise because it's not as streamlined as something like Converge etc. This was somewhat difficult for me to get into but I enjoy chaotic shit like this.

BrandNewBoognish
October 18th 2009



1021 Comments


Yeah, well with Turner and Broderick involved i'm sure i'll find something to like in this

marksellsuswallets
October 18th 2009



4848 Comments


This sounds kind of fantastic will get.

Wizard
October 18th 2009



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You will shit your pants marksellsuscandy.

Photon
October 18th 2009



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really good ..also checking out the new Jesu EP Opiate Sun ,,,sounds much better than their last one

BallsToTheWall
October 18th 2009



44164 Comments


Dont be humble Karl. I suck as a reviewer (you certainly are better than me), boast middle school grammar skills and yet here I am.......i'm a motherfuckin contributer....bitch.



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