26 Sep 2017
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Disjecta Membra - Album Review: Songs To Scattered Symbols

03 Feb 2017 // A review by butch181

The concept of a split release is something I have only been recently made aware of, and yet it seems like a brilliant marketing tool. In this case, it is being used as limited edition merchandise for a tour, providing three new and exclusive tracks from each band participating on the tour. As a fan of many different groups, I understand the appeal of being able to purchase something that is tour specific (I have far too many black band shirts as it is), contains material from more than just the one source, and provides new material or cover songs that can provide a greater appreciation of the music that influences the bands in question.

This release consists of nine tracks, three from each of the groups performing on the tour; IKON from Melbourne, Sounds Like Winter from Sydney, and New Zealandís very own Disjecta Membra hailing from Wellington.

Disjecta Memba opens the split release with a cover of IKON's Subversion from the 1998 release This Quiet Earth (as opposed to the 2013 remix). Michel Rowland's vocal style is reminiscent to that of David Bowieís 'Major Tom' persona, with a deep, full monotony that is characteristic of the gothic genres. The song is reclusive and tranquil, with haunting background music that amplifies to the forefront as the song progresses. The tempo of the track is more sedated than the original, adding an extra two minutes onto the length. 

Madeleine! Madelaine! (AMY_cin Remix) is the more restrained track of the three, with a very slow, reserved sound. Vocals are withheld for over a minute at the start of the track, and end with a minute of the track still to go. Almost gives an anticlimactic feel, with limited instrumental presence, and the song itself has a drawn out build up towards nothing. The vocal performance is the focal point of the track, but it is unfortunately masked by echoing and reverb, giving the effect of performing in a large choral hall, but at the expense of disfiguring the performance. It does however blend seamlessly into the final track from Disjecta Membra, Rasputin

Rasputin is an interesting choice of cover song, in my opinion, but it works well in the style that is was done. The original being an energetic 1978 Boney M. euro disco hit based on a Turkish folk song K‚tibim, Disjecta Membra's rendition is slower than the original, but faster than their other tracks on this release. The vocal tone is comparable to David Byrne of the Talking Heads. It has a lower tone, but manages to maintain the upbeat and positive vibes of the song, while providing a gothic flair. Certain to be a hit in the mosh pit.

Sounds Like Winter takes out the middle section of the release with a series of demos, and have a more guitar oriented sound. Blood Red has a U2-style guitar riff, and a melody driven by the bass guitar.  The vocals are dominant and over-enunciated, feeling disjointed from the rest of the music (insert the guy that yells in the B-52's hit Love Shack). The chord choices feel dysfunctional, but the weirdness works for it. Their follow-up track I Hide In Sleep again has bass guitar in the prominent position, and the melody is never drowned out by the other instruments. The guitars provide a cacophony of sound that gives the effect of ringing bells, which I found quite unique. The vocals and music mix better here, but still is rather monotonous and has a tinny production sound. Their final contribution, The Life Of The Just has a more upbeat tone, and the guitar has the focus this time. This track also features some synthesizer/keyboard parts which gives a fuller sound overall. Vocals feel forced in this track, like Ant Banister is over exerting to raise the volume and depth of his voice.

Closing off the release is IKON, who have a much more mainstream sound to them. Silence Is Calling has a grungy feel to it (it follows the music formula more closely with verse, chorus, verse, compared the other groups that meander more) and has an interesting use of harmonics. Vocal styling of Chris McCarter is the most melodic of the three bands, though still very much staccato in nature. His vocals are clear, easy to understand, and are firmly placed over the top of the music. The two remaining tracks suffer slightly in comparison to their predecessor, with Key To The Stars coming off with an R.E.M sound (or perhaps that of The Mutton Birds' Anchor Me), and Don't Cry Little Child has very little worth commenting on. The vocals are smooth in these tracks, but come off as tedious and repetitive. The music is adequate, but nothing really stands out.

About Disjecta Membra

Founded in 1994, Disjecta Membra begain as the solo recording project of frontman Michel. A live band was formed in 1995, and by 1996 the band had secured a dedicated national following within the Goth community.

In early 1998 the old line-up was replaced by drummer Mark Hamill (HLAH), classical pianist Petra Skoric and Jaz Murphy (bassist with Jordan Reyne and Dr Kevorkian).

Alex Mein Smith joined as a second guitarist later in 1999.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Disjecta Membra

Releases

Achromaticia
Year: 1997
Type: Album
Theta Sessions
Year: 1996
Type: Album

Other Reviews By butch181

Manzo - Album Review: Outsider
12 Sep 2017 // by butch181
With minimal introduction, the new Manzo album begins with St Helens Overture; a lovely, calm, delicate piano piece. A rather impressive beginning, with a gentle crescendo, showing great use of refrain leading into the rest of the album.
Read More...
Daniel McClelland - Album Review: Anxious Heart
07 Sep 2017 // by butch181
Straight off the bat, we have that gated reverb sound on the drum track; that punchy percussive character that has been synonymous with that of the pop and rock music of the 1980's, and has recently started reintegrating itself into pop music again. In this case, you get that nostalgia hit due to the reminiscence with Kenny Loggin's 1984 hit, Footloose.
Read More...
Gig Review: Hawthorne Heights with Fire For Glory @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 05/09/2017
07 Sep 2017 // by butch181
"Listen, Morty, I hate to break it to you, but what people call "love" is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed."The quote from the hit American adult animated sci-fi sitcom drew attention, as an early start to the evening had opening act Fire For Glory up on stage well before 8pm.
Read More...
Gig Review: Northlane with Set On End @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 26/08/2017
01 Sep 2017 // by butch181
I arrived at the Kings Arms Tavern forty minutes before doors opened in order to avoid traffic, and was surprised to find the carpark already full of cars, and patrons waiting to gain entry to the venue. By the time the doors opened, the crowd that had amassed looked large enough to fill the venue to capacity.
Read More...
Gig Review: Stone Sour with City of Souls @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 23/08/2017
24 Aug 2017 // by butch181
Looking around the venue and it is apparent that the stage has been brought forward. So Spark Arena (formerly known as Vector Arena) has a much smaller capacity compared to when Corey Taylor last performed with his other project, Slipknot.
Read More...
Gig Review: Auckland City Rockfest @ The Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland 19/08/2017
22 Aug 2017 // by butch181
10 bands, 1 night. As far as swansongs for the Kings Arms Tavern go, the Auckland City Rockfest is definitely doing it justice.
Read More...
Gig Review: Slaves with Animal Party @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 17/08/2017
18 Aug 2017 // by butch181
The night opened with Auckland Alt-Rock act Animal Party. With a sound that could be described as a grungy take on punk rock, they powered through their vocal-centric set.
Read More...
Dead Favours - Single Review: High Flying
18 Aug 2017 // by butch181
They came out of nowhere with their breakthrough single, Dig. Accompanied by a great fun music video, it took the local music scene by storm, and has shown little sign of slowing down in popularity.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • YOUNG, DUMB AND BROKE
    Khalid
  • TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES
    Sam Smith
  • NEW RULES
    Dua Lipa
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • HAVANA
    Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
  • 1-800-273-8255
    Logic feat. Alessia Cara And Khalid
  • GLORIOUS
    Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey
  • SORRY NOT SORRY
    Demi Lovato
  • LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO
    Taylor Swift
  • FRIENDS
    Justin Bieber And BloodPop
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem