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Disillusion - Gloria

Discussion in 'Your Reviews' started by King Chaos, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. King Chaos

    King Chaos Pomeo Osoponeor

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    'Gloria' has nothing to do with 'Times of Splendor' in more ways than one., 11 Dec 2006
    Reviewer: Gavin Turner (UK)

    Being a huge fan of Disillusion (their first full length is the finest bit of metal I've ever heard), anticipation for this album was high. I heard a preview and although it crushed all hopes of hearing something like Back to Times of Splendor for a second time, I did find some elements to the confused and chaotic genre clashes on 'Gloria' interesting. Unfortunately the previews I had heard were the cream of the crop as far as material on this album goes.

    Tracks like 'The Black Sea', 'Gloria' (in places) and 'Too Many Broken Cease Fires' hold some elements which made the first album the giant it was, but any momentum created in these tracks are spoiled by the attempted avantegard egocentricism in the compostions inbetween.

    I've tried very hard to like the album and on a couple of occasions I thought I really understood what Disillusion had achieved with it, but now I really do realise it just lacks artistic quality. It's less a reflection of the industrial world and the streets of leipzig (as I believe they intended to draw musically) and more a reflection of a pseudo-intellectual on an ego trip.

    If Rammstein released this album (not just drawing similarities to their nationality, but also the type of voice and crushing riffs used), It'd be their best album hands down, but for the fathers of Back to Times of Splendor to lower the quality of their writing to this level, seemingly just to prove they can, is in my opinion a big dissapointment.

    That said, the album IS an event. It is something very very different and very very interesting (especially for people keen on new exciting production techniques). The reason this is still worth buying is it's like the Edward Monk of prog metal, harsh lines and surreal use of colours with a clearly meaningful but ever so confusing final image, Where as 'back to times of splendor' was the Da Vinci, perfect in everyway, but still expressive in it's technique and what it impossibly objectifies.
     
  2. Tom Strutton

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    What made Gloria so fascinating was it's ability to be clear and concise whilst still remaining an enigma. I'm still in awe of how it achieves this, and the reason I will keep coming back to it is because it is hugely listenable without being obvious.

    BTW, the Norwegian painter is Edvard Munch and his colours were actually quite naturalistic. I'd personally compare Disillusion to the artist Marcel Duchamp - providing a witty commentary on modern life, and revealing art whilst hiding the artist.

    For most its going to definitely be a love it or hate it record
     
  3. King Chaos

    King Chaos Pomeo Osoponeor

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    That I certainly agree with. Although I love and hate it haha.
     
  4. Death Aflame

    Death Aflame voice of dissent

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    Besides Om, this is my top album of 06. Great album and highly under-appreciated and misunderstood by some of the BTTOS fans.
     
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    I've been listening to Gloria again recently. Simply wonderful :worship:
     
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    Hörnö New Metal Member

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    Gloria is awesome! I do like Back to the Times of Splendor but imo it`s not that good.
     

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