Disen Gage – The Screw-Loose Entertainment

Disen Gage
The Screw-Loose Entertainment

Dude, I know this, I know what this is. Your name is somewhat menacing, your artwork is somewhat dark, and your Russian. This is going to be lame fucking metal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

I pop in the CD and I am proven wrong almost on all accounts. The only thing I did get right, I copped from the liner notes: Disen Gage are indeed from Russia. However, the band doesn’t play metal but instead instrumental rock that takes an influence from all avenues funk, rock, jazz, and post-hardcore (with perhaps maybe a small bit of metal). And the result is also not entirely menacing in the Converge-esque “I want to drill a hole through your eye sockets” kind of way. It is unconventional, but another word that could be stated here is progressive.

So in many respects, this is surprising. The musicians are talented with its instruments, and they can construct some pretty impressive compositions, often using inconguous instrumentation. The closest example is “Komar,” a song that takes some sort of Knight Rider-like guitar drone and adds a funk freakout on top of it. Also take for instance “Arabia,” a song that fuses together some sort of minor-chord post-hardcore experimentation with sinister guitar parts and adds bongos – yeah hippie bongos – to the mix. The results are surprisingly more pleasing than you might suspect.

Such is the case with this entire CD: if you give it a chance, you will find it all rather pleasing. Exceeding expectations, however, is hardly a benchmark for classic status. The album is decent, and the technical skill impressive, but it falls prey to the same qualities that plague most any other instrumental release: it gets less likely to captivate your attention as the minutes wear on. Thankfully, though at times this can seem less than attention grabbing, the group never resorts to sleepy drone tactics that are just terribly boring, a trait that corresponds to so many instrumental projects.

Disen Gage is highly talented in mixing up styles and creating good instrumental jams. However those that dislike any mention of the words instrumental and jam in their preferred music styles may want to look elsewhere for their next album purchase.