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Greymachine

Greymachine: DisconnectedDisconnected (2009)
Hydra Head Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: wallofyouthWentz_Equals_Death
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From what I can gather, Greymachine's debut, Disconnected is not getting the greatest response out there in musicland. The biggest and, I suppose, most valid point of criticism I see it receiving, is that it's not very dynamic, especially considering the prestige and wealth of talent possessed by t.
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From what I can gather, Greymachine's debut, Disconnected is not getting the greatest response out there in musicland. The biggest and, I suppose, most valid point of criticism I see it receiving, is that it's not very dynamic, especially considering the prestige and wealth of talent possessed by the project's members (Justin Broadrick of Jesu, Godflesh and Napalm Death, and Aaron Turner of Isis are the marquee names here). "It just kind of drones along for about an hour," to paraphrase the reviews I've seen.

I must argue that for a record called Disconnected by a band called Greymachine, dynamism wasn't necessarily the goal here. What we do have, instead, is exactly what's been promised. These songs certainly drone. At times, they crawl. And they are most certainly full of distortion and noise.

Each song, however, has a very present sense of "groove" relentlessly pushing it forward. Paired with the spare and desolate artwork, this plays like pop music for zombies of the apocalypse. It seriously wouldn't take too much of a culture shift to hear this being played for a warehouse full of sallow humanoids slowly swaying to this endless pulsing beat. If I played "Vultures Descend" for my grandma right after "Toxic" by Britney Spears, she wouldn't be able to tell you the difference.

In the end, the root of your enjoyment of this will hinge on whether or not you are okay with a story that has no real beginning or end. Buried under the distortion, there's a lumbering behemoth, a greymachine. Its destination is not important--these songs are indeed cycling toward nothing.

It's a circular narrative in many ways where it kind of sums up the human race in a time capsule.

 

 
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abbas_muhammad (April 22, 2010)

I love Jesu and Isis is one of my favorite bands of all time. However, I am still skeptical on this album.

JMerrick (April 21, 2010)

Still one of the most relentless records that came out last year.

thepopeofchili-town (April 21, 2010)

Huge Jesu and Isis fan. Need to check this out.

wallofyouth (April 20, 2010)

pssh, vinyl? get with the times man. i bought the CD here and it came with a free cassette tape:

http://www.bluecollardistro.com/product_info.php?product s_id=3361

Preston (April 20, 2010)

I liked the stream of this and had always planned to buy it when it came out on vinyl, but it never did. What gives? Hydra Head is slacking on wax.

wallofyouth (April 20, 2010)

note: i wrote this well before LOVE came out and changed everything forever, and while this band was actually being discussed in musicland

inagreendase (April 20, 2010)

I like Silver, Conqueror, the split with Envy, Panopticon and, to a mild extent, In the Absence of Truth. But this...this leaves my comfort zone.

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