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Gloria

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Disillusion - Huge music with a huge character, it's an effective mix of pulsating, marching rhythms and dramatic quiet parts. DISILLUSION have dismissed their past dream world and taken a huge step forward. Welcome to today. Warm and vital, bursting with energy, beautiful, powerful and always unpredictable, the band turns their visions into music. The listener is engulfed in an emotional maelstrom of rage, fear and passion, by vocals that are highly energetic yet disturbingly casual. There is something hiding behind all this cynical nonchalance bleeding hearts and uncertain dangers.

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Huge music with a huge character, it's an effective mix of pulsating, marching rhythms and dramatic quiet parts. DISILLUSION have dismissed their past dream world and taken a huge step forward. Welcome to today. Warm and vital, bursting with energy, beautiful, powerful and always unpredictable, the band turns their visions into music. The listener is engulfed in an emotional maelstrom of rage, fear and passion, by vocals that are highly energetic yet disturbingly casual. There is something hiding behind all this cynical nonchalance - bleeding hearts and uncertain dangers.

This overwhelming dichotomy of tempest and melody, groove and dynamics, beat and bombast, pathos and coolness is turned into great songs as if there wasn't an easier thing in the world to do. One godly chorus here, one brutal riff there, and off we go with the next hook. What a joy! What a fire!

The band worked on "GLORIA" for 18 long and changeful months - searching, arguing, testing and going mad - in one word: writing. Recording and mixing was quickly done within an insane four weeks. The album was mastered in Portland by Grammy collector Adam Ayan, who has already set the levels for NINE INCH NAILS and A PERFECT CIRCLE, among many others.

It's a fact that this album will surprise people and amaze them at the same time. Through their bold experimentation, DISILLUSION have managed to write true anthems, which are undeniably deep as well as truly modern.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B000IOM7RM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is hard to even put into words how much I love Disillusion's music. This group to me are so unique and have so much talent and have such an awesome sound how could any metalhead old or new not like this. This group is unreal! No-one in metal sounds like them. They are true artists. Although their first album (BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR) IS A MASTER PIECE and one of the greatest metal albums I have ever heard. This album is a lot different but not in a bad way. This album is also great but in a different kind of way from the last. Although I believe many metalheads don't like groups to change they would like them to put out the same kind of album over and over. I go against the grain on that and believe change is most of the time an art statement for the group and shows they have talent to do something fresh and new. I believe this is without a doubt exactly the case for this group and their new album. This album though different from their first one is still an amazing piece of metal music. So if you truly love metal music and appreciate the art of metal you should already have this album and their first one as well and if you don't then (DON'T GO ANY FURTHER).
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This is an alright album to listen to from time to time. It's not better than Disillusion's album "Back to Times of Splendor", but it's still a good album. I'd recommend you give this album a shot.
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This album rocks, it's as short and simple as that. I never heard Back to Times of Splendor, so I can't compare this album to that (I heard a clip at myspace, and I recall good ol' generic death vocals). If you are looking for something truly and completely orgininal in the metal genre, and like all types of metal, you've found a hit. I own about 400 metal albums now, and am always looking to expand my collection, and I can say this one stands on its own, in a good way.

Getting onto the details of the album, let me just first say that the lyrics to this album really don't make that much sense, but that's the beauty of art, it doesn't have to make sense (hence Picasso and other abstract art). In my opinion, if you're that concerned about the lyrics being superior, go read a book. People complain on here that the vocals are too processed and distorted and have too many effects (that description would fit Manson moreso). I don't really agree with that, and even if that was true, who the hell cares!? They sound cool, and they fit the music. The vocals are mostly clean, with a little processing.

The music itself is awesome, completely creative and unique. I can best describe it as industrial, experimental, avant-garde, heavy metal. The first track sets the tone of the album well. It begins with a cool mix of electronics, a pulsating violin (or cello), and a subtle choir in the background, then the drum kicks in, then...... BLAST, a freakin' huge wall of ultra distorted guitar and drums knocks you on your ass. From there, the ever-so unique vocals kick in with a great groove that you just want to move to.

I find track 3 (don't go any further) to be rather funny; the fact that it pisses the close-minded listeners of this album off.
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Alright, before getting to the actual review I want to say this upfront. To those people who loved Back to Times of Splendor and are looking for another progressive masterpiece, you're looking in the wrong direction. Disillusion stated they didn't want to make a BtToS2, and thus Gloria takes a completely different approach music wise.

You're probably wondering what Gloria is then. Well essentially it's some kind of mix of industrial, electric sounds, funk and metal. The length of the songs has been reduced to your average 3-4 minutes, and the vocals received a big overhaul too. The rough death metal grunts accompanied by clean vocals are no longer there. Instead the tracks carry a heavily distorted voice that talks more then it sings.

So where does that leave us with the actual music? It's hard to define really, each and every track has a somewhat different ring to it. What they all do share is an original experimental point of view. Some songs are build of typically catchy riffs, others use electric buzzing sounds as a foundation and the rest... are just plain weird.

That's not to say that this album is bad. Despite it's unusual nature, it has a lot to love if you can find to appriciate it. Most of the songs are actually very catchy and pleasant to hear. The different components (elecric and industrial with metal guitar) are very well matched together, which leaves a unique listening experience. Having said that I find this a hard album to rate. The album itself is really good, I'm just not sure how many people can truly appreciate it for wat it is...

...Which is also my biggest fear. I've already seen it being obliterated in several reviews not because of what it is, but because of what is _not_: The second installment of Back to Times of Splendor.
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Gloria is an unbelievable departure from Disillusion's amazing debut Back to Times of Splendor, which was a great mix of melodic metal offering with both clean and death vocals and bits of progressive arrangements. Gloria abandons their roots and takes on quite an industrial edge, at times evoking Rammstein. The songs are all imbued with lots of electronic elements, cheesy synth patches, overdone processed vocal lines, and ever-present disco beats (see "Xerophobic", easily their worst song to date).

"The Black Sea" is spooky and overtly modern sounding. The vocals are clean but processed through lots of studio effects and therefore hard to understand. The song does contain a heavy guitar slam, but most of it is a synth-dominated wall of sound with plenty of industrial grooves. The band exposes their poppy side on "Dread It", opting for riotous choruses and failing miserably, while the album turns into a terribly arduous listen by the time the third song "Don't Go Any Further" kicks in. One of the most repetitive and boring songs I've heard recently, it is drenced in effect-laden spoken vocals that deliver angst-ridden lyrics and repeat the horrible song title. "Avalanche" does pick up on a melodic guitar harmony, but it's far from saving the disc going downhill. The orchestral arrangement of the title track starts a bit like Therion before a smashing drum and guitar battery plows through the composition. The use of female vocals works relatively well. Sadly though, the industrial male voice is awful -- imagine a boring spoken voice backed by a steady drum and bass beat and some horror film-like effects and downtuned industrial guitars churning out simple power chords.
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