After nearly 20 years, Circle of Dust are back with their fifth studio album, Machines Of Our Disgrace, set for release on9th December. Machines Of Our Disgrace immediately sets itself out as a top industrial metal album from the first track, Re-Engage. It is a glorious fusion of heavy guitar riffs and electronic noise samples, seamlessly blended together.
Re-Engage sets the pace of the album as an introductory track, which sounds like it might open a Circle of Dust concert. It flows into the title track, Machines Of Our Disgrace, which introduced vocals and riff based guitar lines that can only go with an absolutely epic light show if performed live. Contagion‘s most distinguishable feature from the beginning is the drum beat that defines the track. The guitar follows the drums and even the synthesisers do too. Contagion is very much a song with a beat. Near the end of the track come the vocal harmonies for the sung parts of the track, and by this point the listener is so absorbed that they haven’t noticed five minutes pass by. Another drum heavy track is Humanarchy, with a double kick so fast that the listener wonders whether it is a drum machine or a studio musician.
Embracing Entropy follows in the same vein; there is a introduction section of the track. However this track features Celldweller, the multi-genre project of Klayton, the creator of Circle of Dust. This much is clear by the blending of different genres; influences of dubstep, dance and pop can be heard in Embracing Entropy as well as the overriding theme of industrial metal. It could be easily compared to Daft Punk.
Machines Of Our Disgrace is split in half by a track of samples, Signal. The track uses the air raid sirens that were used in World War II. Having an introduction, a halfway and an ending track seems to be a trend in metal albums. Circle of Dust sound a lot like Static-X, but the album follows the theme of man’s technological evolution. Particular tracks that stand out in this theme are alt_Human, Humanarchy, Hive Mind and Outside In.
Closer to the end of the album, influences of other artists begin to creep in. Outside In is reminiscent of slight Metallica meets Nine Inch Nails, and for the first time, for the entire track, the vocals are just singing instead of a combination of singing and screaming. Neurachem sounds like Static-X meets a very dark Daft Punk.
Although some of the tracks sound similar, Machines Of Our Disgrace is an excellent album, for both fans of industrial metal and non-fans. There are influences in this album that everyone can appreciate.