DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA — Not to Be Undimensional Conscious

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3.90 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1992

Tracklist

1. Perishing Passion (3:31)
2. A Mental Sequence (3:14)
3. Addicted Seas With Missing Pleasure (3:42)
4. The Return of the Living Beat (1:55)
5. Groove (5:02)
6. Idiosyncrasy (4:08)
7. Like Madness From Above (4:22)
8. Time Frame (6:15)
9. Mind Seduction (3:44)

Total Time: 35:59

Line-up/Musicians

- Patrick Klopf / Guitars, Vocals
- Martin Messner / Drums
- Herwig Zamernik / Bass

About this release

Released on the 26th of May 1992 by Nuclear Blast.
Recorded & mixed at Sunlight Studio, Stockholm in Jan. 1992 by Tomas Skogsberg
Produced by Disharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Skogsberg
Executive production by Markus Staiger
Cover & inner sleeve painting by Gerhard Klopf
Back cover photo by Martin Rauchenwald
Inner sleeve photo by Giora Hirsch
Technical assistance on "Time Frame" by Helmut Wiederschwinger.
Re-released in 2008 by Metal Mind Productions in digipack format containing the "Successive Substitution" EP as bonus. Limited to 2,000 copies.

Thanks to UMUR, siLLy puPPy for the updates

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Vim Fuego
Disharmonic Orchestra is not your average death metal band. For a start, the band has only three members. They are also fond of a bit of experimentation, usually frowned upon in such a restrictive genre. `Not To Be Undimensional Conscious' is not your average death metal album either.

Unusual samples of a ringing telephone, and some hard to distinguish sounds, jazzy, almost funk-style bass, blasts, dysrhythmic percussive patterns, and Patrick Klopf's unique death grunt all feature, and that's just in the first moments of the opening track. From the song titles, it should be plain to see the lyrics are not the usual death metal staples of gore and violence. Emotion, love, dreams and philosophy seem to be the focus.

The most unusual part of Disharmonic Orchestra's sound is that the drums are the lead instrument. In death metal, the rhythm guitar generally holds the main riff of the song, and bass, drums and vocals all hang off it. Not here. Drummer Martin Messner is lord and master of this album, rejecting traditional straight forward death metal drumming in favour of off the wall beats, twisted fills, and jazz drum patterns, without ever missing a beat or losing any impact. The death metal staples of blast beats and double kick drumming are still there, but aren't the dominant features of Messner's unique style. Imagine a heavier, slightly less frenetic version of Atheist and you won't be far off the mark.

Bassist Herwig Zamernik is the heaviest funk bass player you'll ever hear. His instrument still has dirty death metal distortion, but he slaps, plucks, and generally dances up and down the fretboard with skill and dexterity hardly seen in any form of metal. Occasionally, the bass sounds high in the mix, but the bottom end is never neglected. "Addicting Seas With Missing Pleasure" starts with a slap bass riff, using death metal tunings, which is odd yet striking.

With so much happening in the rhythm section, the guitars don't need to do much. Most of the riffs are simplistic, but heavy. The uncompromisingly heavy guitar sound is very close to that of fellow Austrian psychos Pungent Stench. It is not until fourth track "The Return Of The Living Beat" that the guitar dictates proceedings. There's a funky breakdown, with rapped clean vocals, but true to form, the sound is still pure death.

There is a huge experimental, progressive influence on this album. The moody, spaced out, mostly instrumental "Timeframe" spins a simple, repetitive bass melody through the song, accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar, which rips into a short metal passage, before returning to the drifting beauty of the main theme of the song. It is too subtle for the average Cannibal Corpse fan, but would also be too scary for Dream Theater listeners.

This is extreme art rock without the pretension. Sure, it's death metal, but it's so much more. If you can find `Not To Be Undimensional Conscious', approach it without any preconceptions, and you'll be rewarded.
UMUR
"Not to be Undimensional Conscious" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Austrian Avant garde/ Experimental death metal act Disharmonic Orchestra. None of the band´s earlier death metal/ grindcore releases have exactly made my blood boil, but "Not to be Undimensional Conscious" is usually highly regarded by fans of the more avant garde part of the death metal genre and several people have recommended me to take a proper listen to the album. I remember listening to the album at a friend´s house back in day. I always felt the album was very weird and back then it didn´t suit my tastes one bit. I decided to give "Not to be Undimensional Conscious" one more chance though and I´m glad I did.

Disharmonic Orchestra was basically a simple death metal/ grindcore act with few experimental moments on their early releases, but with "Not to be Undimensional Conscious" they earned their avant garde/ experimental tag. The foundation in the music is still death metal with growling vocals but with lots of experiments along the way. The first thing I noticed was that the bass is very prominant in the mix. It has a life of its own and doesn´t follow the guitar much. The drums are fusion-influenced and sometimes remind me of the drums on the "Unquestionable Presence (1991)" album by Atheist. So a very interesting change to the rythm section compared to earlier releases by the band. There are also several experiments with polyrythms and odd time signatures that should please fans of the genre. I generally enjoy the sometimes odd experiments on the album but I have to admit that the rap part in "The Return of the Living Beat" somewhat turns me off.

The album was recorded and mixed at the famous Sunlight Studio in Stockholm, Sweden by just as famous producer Tomas Skogsberg (check almost any Swedish death metal release from the early nineties and Tomas Skogsberg was involved as producer). It was produced by Disharmonic Orchestra and Tomas Skogsberg and the result is very enjoyable IMO. The power trio sound works very well here.

So "Not to be Undimensional Conscious" is a massive improvement over earlier releases by Disharmonic Orchestra and while the album isn´t perfect (at least not to my ears) it should certainly be considered a classic experimental/ avant garde death metal album. Essential or not my rating is 3.5 stars. I might upgrade my rating to 4 stars some time in the future though. I sense this album is a grower.

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