dISHARMONY – Pendulum (Album – Aliens Production)

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Genre/Influences: IDM, Dark-Electro, Cinematic, EBM.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Slovakian duo dISHARMONY is now active for more than twenty years. Driven by Aliens Production label owner Peter ‘Ryby’ and Robert Gajdos (Headdreamer) they both also got involved with Oxyd. This must be their fourteenth full length album (including remix albums) which has been preceded by the promising EP’s “Mindhunter” (2022) and “Abyss” (2023).

Content: The album sounds like a  continuation of the “Resonance”-album released in 2021. And it even moves a step further mixing different influences together. There’s the unavoidable IDM basis of the project supported with intelligent and minimal EBM influences which might remind you of Frontline Assembly but also an Electro-Industrial style which vaguely evokes Mortal Constraint and an explicit Cinematic touch. The vocals create a ghost-like effect which is fitting with some anxious passages running through the album.

+ + + : This is for sure one of the most eclectic albums of the band although it remains carried by the refined IDM touch. dISHARMONY is fully representative for the high qualitative level of the label and has accomplished a new tour de force. They feel comfortable dealing with all different influences which have been mixed together in a strong sonic mould. The title song sounds as the best exposure of this evolution in sound; minimal, intelligent and somewhere in between IDM and EBM. Other great exponents are “Blood For Glory” and “Empty Room With Demons” wherein the anguishing, dark, atmospheric side hangs over the work. Last but not least I also want to say a word about the outstanding ‘cyber’ artwork of the front cover but especially the booklet.

– – – : A  few cuts -like “The Path Of Miracles – Headdreamer Edit” are maybe too much into Cinematic exploration and less ‘classical’ dISHARMONY-minded.

Conclusion: dISHARMONY remains the ultimate showcase for the sonic intelligence of Aliens Production; again a meticulous and precious work.

Best songs: “Pendulum”, “Empty Room With Demons”, “Blood For Glory”, “Broken Paths Of Souls – HD Theme Triode Edit”, “Mindhunter – Reverse”, “Indifference”.

Rate: 8½.


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