Disconnected (Greymachine album)

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Disconnected
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Studio album by Greymachine
Released 4 August 2009 (2009-08-04)
Genre Industrial metal, sludge metal, post-metal, noise, drone
Length62:27
Label Hydra Head
Producer Justin Broadrick
Singles from Disconnected
  1. "Vultures Descend"
    Released: 12 May 2009
Vinyl reissue cover
Disconnected (2009) vinyl cover.jpg
Released in 2018

Disconnected is the debut album by experimental music act Greymachine, featuring Justin Broadrick, Aaron Turner, Dave Cochrane and Diarmuid Dalton. Produced by Broadrick, it was released on 4 August 2009 via Turner's own record label, Hydra Head Records. [1] [2] In February 2018, Disconnected was reissued as a limited 2xLP with unique artwork and clear vinyl. [3]

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Greymachine is an experimental music project founded in 2006. It is led by Godflesh and Jesu frontman Justin Broadrick. The act also features Isis frontman and guitarist Aaron Turner, Jesu bassist Diarmuid Dalton and Head of David bassist Dave Cochrane.

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

Contents

The track "Vultures Descend" was released as a limited edition promotional single on 12 May 2009. [4]

Vultures Descend 2009 song performed by Greymachine

"Vultures Descend" is a song by experimental music project Greymachine, from the act's debut album, Disconnected. Produced by the band leader Justin Broadrick, it was released on 12 May 2009 as a single via bandmember Aaron Turner's own record label, Hydra Head Records.

Musical style

Regarding Disconnected's style, Broadrick said:

Greymachine was influenced by really heavy drum & bass, Whitehouse, noise, Throbbing Gristle, old bands like Drunks With Guns, The Stooges... It's like this mish-mash of stuff, a really cantankerous album. It was funny, when the album came out on Hydra Head it was advertised initially as being a collaboration between Jesu and Isis. A lot of people got really angry because it's not remotely similar to either band. The whole point was for it to be this real monolith of nasty, bloated sounding shit. [5]

Whitehouse (band) British power electronics band

Whitehouse were an English power electronics band formed in 1980, largely credited for the founding of the power electronics subgenre of industrial music.

Throbbing Gristle band

Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group, officially formed in September 1975 in Kingston upon Hull by members Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter. They are widely regarded as pioneers of industrial music. Evolving from the experimental performance art group COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle made their public debut in October 1976 on COUM exhibition Prostitution, and, the following year, released their debut single, "United / Zyklon B Zombie", followed by an album, The Second Annual Report (1977).

The Stooges American punk rock band

The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 by singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Playing a raw, primitive style of rock and roll, the band sold few records in their original incarnation and gained a reputation for their confrontational performances, which often involved acts of self-mutilation by Iggy Pop.

According to Allmusic's Phil Freeman, the songs on Disconnected, "most of which run in the eight to nine-minute range, all feature a heavy combination of huge beats, sludgily dissonant guitar riffs, industrial electronics, and raw-throated howls." [6] "Droning soundscapes layered into weighted guitar riffs, feedback and general noise" are also present on the record. [7] These take influence from various genres of experimental music, including noise music, no wave and free jazz. [8] [9] The album is also indebted to its members' earlier work on records, like Godflesh's Streetcleaner , Isis's Celestial , Ice's Under the Skin , and God's The Anatomy of Addiction . [6] Nevertheless, according to Iann Robinson of CraveOnline, the record still retains "a punk rock influence born from The Stooges or The Screamers." [7] Sonic Youth, Sun Ra and Throbbing Gristle were reported to be additional influences and likes. [7]

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Industrial music is a genre of experimental music which draws on harsh, transgressive or provocative sounds and themes. AllMusic defines industrial music as the "most abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music" that was "initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments and punk provocation". The term was coined in the mid-1970s with the founding of Industrial Records by members of Throbbing Gristle and Monte Cazazza. While the genre name originated with Throbbing Gristle's emergence in the United Kingdom, concentrations of artists and labels vital to the genre also emerged in Chicago.

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Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [6]
About.com Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Pitchfork 4.3/10 [10]

Phil Freeman of Allmusic praised the album, stating, "Disconnected is likely to be a one-off, given the astonishingly busy schedules its members keep, but it's no mere diversion; if you're a fan of Broadrick or Turner, it's one for the permanent collection." [6] Iann Robinson of CraveOnline described the album as "a pure and true testament to real experimentation", while also stating that "[in a] musical world that breeds as much apathetic mediocrity as the current one does a noisy enema like Greymachine's Disconnected is a welcome friend." [7] Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! wrote, "Greymachine's compositions move at a slower rate, bringing the brutality with a doom-filled heaviness that asphyxiates with an impenetrable wall of noise built by scraping riffage and floating effects." Nevertheless, he also stated that "While it shows Broadrick can still find that harsh realm he cut his teeth on, Disconnected doesn't live up to the massive potential Greymachine had on paper." [11]

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George Pacecho of About.com expressed his distaste of the album, saying, "Disconnected, the resulting spawn of this much-talked-about collaboration, seems to be of a far less genre-defining nature". [8] Cosmo Lee of Pitchfork criticized the album, stating, "Greymachine wastes the talents of Broadrick and Turner." He also commented that "the album feels like a collection of demos – for a Godflesh remix EP, perhaps, or for Broadrick's earlier beat-oriented projects like Techno Animal or Ice." [10]

Godflesh English industrial metal band

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Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Wolf at the Door"8:08
2."Vultures Descend"9:38
3."When Attention Just Isn't Enough"6:41
4."Wasted"8:43
5."We Are All Fucking Liars"8:35
6."Just Breathing"5:09
7."Sweatshop"6:56
8."Easy Pickings"8:34
Total length:62:27

Personnel

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