Jan 112017
 

The mere sounds of some albums can transport you back in time and Machines of Our Disgrace from Circle of Dust will take you right back to the industrial metal of the late 1990s and yet still feel as fresh and new as any other album released this year.

As the story goes, Circle of Dust was formed out of the ashes of the thrash metal band Immortal by Klayton with the self-titled debut album coming out in 1992 and launching what has become an iconic career in industrial rock/metal and spawned other well-known projects such as Argyle Park and Celldweller.  For over 20 years the rights to the original Circle of Dust and Argyle Park albums were not available to Klayton, who finally secured the rights in 2015.  As Klayton began planning for the remastering and re-release of the original albums, ideas for a new Circle of Dust album began to flow and the result of that is Machines of Our Disgrace.  The entire catalog including albums Circle of Dust, Brainchild, Metamorphosis, Argyle Park, and Disengage have been remixed/remastered with bonus material added and are available now.

The album opens much as one would expect from an industrial metal project with lots of programmed keyboards and drums joined later by some synthesized vocals and other sound effects and samples as the song veers right into “Machines of Our Disgrace” and it’s heavy driving guitar riff opening.  Throughout the album, guitars carry much of the workload in the songs, which does distinguish this project from one of Klayton’s other projects Celldweller.  To be honest, the pounding rhythm and drums in “Machines of Our Disgrace” reminds me a lot of early 90’s Ministry and other industrial acts of the time. Continue reading »

Dec 212016
 

klayton_2016_509The new Circle of Dust full-length studio album “Machines of Our Disgrace” is available now. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Check out the lyric video for ‘Outside In’ below.

About the story behind the song Klayton said to The Huffington Post: “Well I won’t impose what I wrote the song about specifically upon the listener because I think it’s important each person pulls from a song what THEY think it means or how it applies to their own lives or situations. I can tell you I wrote it 30,000 feet in the air, during a flight home. I was looking out the window viewing the earth in a way we don’t often get to see it and the reality of my own mortality hit me harder than usual. It was one of those rare times where I write lyrics for a song before I even have a vocal melody in place.”

“Machines of Our Disgrace” marks the 5th full-length studio album for industrial music pioneer Circle of Dust, after a near 20 year hiatus. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Continue reading »

Dec 132016
 

oie_uyec2eabkdumThe new Circle of Dust full-length studio album “Machines of Our Disgrace” is available now. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Check out the music video for ‘alt_Human’ below.

“Machines of Our Disgrace” marks the 5th full-length studio album for industrial music pioneer Circle of Dust, after a near 20 year hiatus. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Continue reading »

Dec 082016
 

oie_uyec2eabkdumThe new Circle of Dust full-length studio album “Machines of Our Disgrace” is available now. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Check out the premiere of the lyric video for ‘Embracing Entropy‘ below.

Says Klayton: “‘Embracing Entropy‘ ended up becoming one of my favorite tracks from “Machines of Our Disgrace.” I wrote it early on in the process and was having fun reconnecting with some old drum machines, gritty guitar tones and more extreme panning effects in the mix. The song ended up with one of the more memorable vocal melodies on the album, so that brought all the elements together into what I felt perfectly represented Circle of Dust in 2016.”

“Machines of Our Disgrace” marks the 5th full-length studio album for industrial music pioneer Circle of Dust, after a near 20 year hiatus. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting. Continue reading »

Dec 022016
 

“Machines of Our Disgrace” marks the 5th full-length studio album for industrial music pioneer Circle of Dust, after a near 20 year hiatus. Created by artist/producer Klayton, best known for his multi-genre project Celldweller, Circle of Dust returns to Klayton’s industrial roots with metal riffs, pulsing electronics and catchy songwriting.

Klayton pushes the envelope of fusing modern metal and electronic production with gritty industrial noise & samples on “Machines of Our Disgrace”, while incorporating both aggressive and melodic vocals with thought provoking lyrics about man’s technological evolution. Songs like ‘Contagion’ and the title track ‘Machines of Our Disgrace’ question our relationship with technology while ‘alt_Human’ and ‘Neurachem’ explore the world of biohacking and genetic modification. The tracks ‘Hive Mind‘ and ‘Humanarchy’ provide commentary on man’s place in modern society’s political and scientific moral ambiguity. The emotionally charged ‘Outside In’ shows Klayton’s softer side in a heart-gripping track with lush harmonies, acoustic guitars, pulsing sound design and introspective lyrics. Continue reading »