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 »