Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Circle of Dust|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Christian
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An impressive symphony of disarray and sonic excellence...
Ilker Yucel | Annapolis, MD United States | 02/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sadly the last album under the Circle of Dust name, but what a reign it was that Klay Scott held in what really is one of the preeminent underground industrial acts of all time. Klank is gone, leaving Klay by himself to bring his singular vision of mechanical ambience to life in what truly is the best Circle of Dust release.The previous releases showcased Scott's penchant for blending random samples from various film and tv sources with atmospheric and aggressive soundscapes. While the 1995 rerelease of the original album was a major improvement, it was still lacking in musical quality. "Brainchild" heralded such greats as the violent thrasher "Deviate," "Telltale Crime," and the "Agressor/Regressor" mixes. Now we have the final album "Disengage."This album is excellent. More than that, it is the perfect industrial album. The electronics are pulsing, the melodies infectious, and the songs aggressive but personal. Did I mention melody? That is what sets this album apart from the past Circle of Dust releases. Without losing its anarchic underground edge, there is a sense of solid song structures that are approachable and listenable. This album is still heavy on the samples, but even with "Brainchild"'s seamless fusion, it is hard to imagine this album without them."Chasm" and "Refractor" not only bear resemblence to past Circle of Dust, but the blending of the two in the single remixes attached as the second half of the CD is done with an ingenuity that Trent Reznor should be envious of. "Mesmerized" is a very poignant song that is both edgy and somehow radio friendly. It is by far my favorite song on the album. "Waste of Time," "Yurasuka," and "Blindeye" are great headbangers that not only possess driving rhythms and electronic ambience, but also contain elements of hip-hop vocalisation. And then there are the three instrumentals, "Babylon," "Thulcandra," and "Perelandra." While the latter two are similar in an atmosphere of decrepit imagery (they would not have been out of place on the "Quake" soundtrack), "Babylon" has a melodious horror that sends shivers down the spine of the listener, giving the feeling of being trapped in the wasteland of babylon.Basically, this album possesses something for everybody. There's lyrical genius, musical excellence, and industrial mayhem to go with it. "Disengage" is perhaps the best album ever to bear the label of industrial music, and is certainly an excellent closer to this chapter in Klay Scott's seemingly schizophrenic career (remember he produced Prong and Klank, and goes under many pseudonyms, including Argyle Park, and his current project Celldweller). May this CD find its ways to the ears of industrial music fans everywhere. Truly a great album that should not go ignored."
Sweet refractor I'm indebted to you
zigzblazin | Morgantown, PA USA | 07/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album really is an industrial masterpiece. I remember the first time I heard it, I was taken a bit back because my friend ordered it from a christian cd club. Needless to say it doesn't sound like your typical Third Day drivel. Most of the tracks have a haunting post-apocylaptic type atmosphere to it that really draws you into it. But Klay Scott (Circle of Dust) knew how to combine this with incredibly catchy lyrics one of the reasons for all the high praise. Listen to Refractor a few times and try and get it out of your head. Definately easier said then done. =) To sum it up, this CD is highly recommended for fans of industrial music or more open minded rock fans, I would say it is the best of Klay Scott's discography."
R. Schouten | Nijkerk, GLD Netherlands | 03/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A while ago a good friend of mine(Hi Hannah :) ) told me about Circle Of Dust. Being the chaotic person that I am I forgot about it until I saw this CD at the store today. I remembered the name and I decided to give it a listen. 10 minutes later I left the store with my brand-new Circle Of Dust CD. What I like a lot about this album is that there's lots of electronic stuff going on and it is all really in your face unlike what I found with a lot of other industrial acts. Very aggressive. The guitars blend in really well too. I heard that this is in fact a Christian band/artist. Well I must say that this is a welcome change then. These lyrics reflect realistic views and aren't naive praises to God while ignoring/turning-a-blind-eye-on real emotion and real life. Life isn't all 'happy happy joy joy' stuff. More Christian artists should take note of this. Anyway, This is a very good CD. Nice and dark without dumb oo-look-how-evil-I-am lyrics. I must say that I also love the remixes. Remixes are good(if done well) :)In closing: If you like industrial music check this out. Even if you aren't Christian. And if you are and allready have this cd check out some non-christian industrial as well. NiN, Cubanate or :WUMPSCUT: for example. Harshness won't polute your beliefs. They don't for me. And heck I even listen to Black Metal. Be true to yourself and be good now :) bubye -Nephilim"