Rating:
9.0
Disillusion - Gloria
20 October 2006


01. The Black Sea
02. Dread It
03. Don't Go Any Further
04. Avalanche
05. Gloria
06. Aerophobic
07. The Hole We Are In
08. Save The Past
09. Lava
10. Too Many Broken Cease Fires
11. Untiefen


A controversial album, to say the least. Disillusion's first effort - Back To Times Of Splendor - was an impressive progressive, melodic death metal album, and was really well received by the metal community. Gloria takes a completely different way, much colder, experimental, leaving death metal far away. That's why a lot of fans of the first album where completely taken aback by 'the new Disillusion'.

Well, if the music is different, it's not less impressive. It's less demonstrative than Back to Times, but no less technical, albeit in a different way; the main focus of this album are arrangements. The voice is really different too: 'Vurtox' Schmidt does not sing that much on this album, he mostly uses a half-spoken half-sung kind of voice, which gives a cold and somewhat industrial feeling.
The songs themselves are very varied. A few examples… "The Black Sea", the opening song, seems quite straight and 'in your face' with its Rammstein-like vocals, but listen well… "Aerophobic" takes some electro music structures in the metal world, with a lot of 'holes' in the sound, to sound like someone suffocating. And then follows immediately the enormous crescendo of "The Hole We Are In", which breaks halfway through the song, to let the tension recede. And so on, each song reveals other surprises (and I haven't even talked of "Gloria"'s jazzy break, or of "Save The Past"'s riff).

The mood is somber and disenchanted; the promo ads used the comparison with David Lynch's films. Not a bad one after all, because both Disillusion and Lynch are strange and bewildering. The lyrics deal mostly with the difficulty to live in the cold, de-humanized, modern-day cities. The mantra like chorus of the song Gloria is a good example, repeated all over the song while the tension grow ever stronger, put in contrast with the sampled church choirs in the background. Another song worthy of notice is "Too Many Broken Cease Fires", which was inspired by Kitano's film Hana Bi.

The only flaw of this album is its production. The sound is cold enough, no problem, but it's sometimes muddled and not clean enough to listen properly to guitars and drums...

To conclude, let's say that Gloria is an excellent album, really unique. In fact, it's my favorite 2006 album, but that's sure that it will not be to everyone's tastes. Well, if you like innovative bands, give it a try!

Highlights: nearly all songs, especially Aerophobic / The Hole We Are In.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 7


Band profile: Disillusion
Album: Gloria


 


written by Darkside Momo | 21.02.2007


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Rupert - 29.09.2007 at 01:46  
A really interesting album, and man is Aerophobic ever good. Good review, although I find the production suits the style of this album very well.
Darkside Momo - 29.09.2007 at 11:14  
Written by Rupert on 29.09.2007 at 01:46

A really interesting album, and man is Aerophobic ever good. Good review, although I find the production suits the style of this album very well.

Thank you !
And yes, the production suits the album quite well, but it reaches its limits sometimes (the crescendo of The Hole We Are In is the best example)
Talvi - 19.12.2007 at 15:51  
At least someone who agrees Gloria rules, even if it isn't like another Back to Times of Splendor. Let's see if their next album is also a total change of genre.
Darkside Momo - 20.12.2007 at 13:55  
Written by Talvi on 19.12.2007 at 15:51

At least someone who agrees Gloria rules, even if it isn't like another Back to Times of Splendor. Let's see if their next album is also a total change of genre.

In an interview to a french magazine last year, Andy Vurtox said that the new album would be less different from Gloria than Gloria was to Times Of Splendor.
... but for now we just have to wait...
Demonic Tutor - 07.03.2008 at 17:57  
Totally love this album! Thanks to you Darkside Momo for writing this review that made me very curious about Disillusion. I can't wait to hear some more from them.
tea[m]ster - 17.12.2009 at 03:17  
The more i listen to this album the more i am hooked....i love the direction the band takes!
Mikyz - 27.01.2010 at 18:24  
I like this more than Back to times of splendor, it has a more unique,experimental and innovative vibe to it than BTTOS. The album is fresh. XD
MechanisT - 11.02.2011 at 14:42  
Disillusion are a one-of-a-kind band, and this is one AWESOME album! The more I listened to it, the more it grew on me...truly unique and edgy. Liked it (albeit slightly) over "Back to Times of Splendour"...

Hightlights: "Dread It", "Avalanche".

Terrific review man!
The Benighted - 01.03.2011 at 11:58  
If I completely forget that the same band created Back to Times of Splendor I really enjoy this album
Darkside Momo - 01.03.2011 at 12:54  
Thansk!

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