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4.16 | 64 ratings | 3 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. What`s Up On Planet Plyuk? (3:34)
2. Landing (8:31)
3. Lehaim To N.E.P. (5:09)
4. Exyrinx (7:37)
5. To Kill Kenny (3:12)
6. The Hitchhikers To Japan (5:10)
7. God Saw Otherwise (3:27)
8. Laxatives Are Included (5:55)
9. Ikar`s Guide To The Galaxy (8:33)
10. How Much Is Oxygen On Planet Khanud (5:32)

Total time 56:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Sergei Bagin / guitars, Fx
- Konstantin Mochalov / guitars, Fx
- Nikolai Syrtsev / basses
- Evgeny Kudryashov / drums

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Zonderzond

CD R.A.I.G. ‎- R036 (2008, Russia)

Digital album

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DISEN GAGE ... The Reverse May Be True ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
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Review by avestin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is a very good album, but The Reverse May Be True.

The Screw-Loose Entertainment released by RAIG in 2004, was indeed entertaining with its instrumental guitar-oriented, heavy and quirky rock (sometimes even psychedelic in nature and mood, though not sound), manifesting a variety of influences from King Crimson (Red-era) to more avant-rock leanings. It is therefore, with excitement that I found in my mail a promo copy of their new album released in 2008 (through RAIG as well) with a title that suggests a good portion of healthy skepticism and open-mindedness. Coming in another successfully well made digipack by RAIG, the art work, a collage of drawings and pictures is very fitting the music and atmosphere resounding from the album.

Indeed open-minded is a quality one needs when listening to their music. Not that it is too "out there" or overly alienating, but for those with softer "ear drums", this approach may be required, but then again, the reverse may be true. (sorry, I just had to insert it). As with their previous releases, there is innate humour and good spirit in the music here. The opener, 'What's up on planet Plyuk?', has a carnival-esque quality (well portrayed by the rhythm and instruments) and yet doesn't become grotesque, but instead remains in check and doesn't lash out with all they have in their ammunition to offer.

The sound has a nice volume to it and that can be said about the entire album. The musicianship is accurate and not overdone or flashy. There is good gradual development of the tracks. Such is the case for instance in 'Landing', which starts easily and rather quietly and gradually acquires dynamics as it progresses, adding more layers, instruments and themes. This track to me shows are restrained and disciplined they are and how skillful as well. I can think of several ways of how they could have just gone insane in many spots along this track (and others as well) and yet, they choose a harder path; that is to take the music in a slower way of development, but one that will get it further away from its starting point. There are several shifts in motifs throughout this song (and even appearance of voices) and those are well done, naturally "born" from the preceding parts and seamlessly evolving into maturity as full sections of their own. This track alone is the finest representative of their musical abilities.

Their eclectic style can be heard on the various tracks here. Whether it's the more rock-oriented approach, the zany and humrous fun music, a jazzy rhythm serving as the basis for the music or a more folky or even gypsy-like tune, you can find a variety of styles and approaches in here.

Not everything pleases me on the same level here. Exyrinx, while having an interesting and unique rhythm with the guitar soloing over it, doesn't excite me as much as other tracks here. Maybe here the restraint I mentioned above should have been replaced with a more free spirit and urge to try something more shocking, or perhaps quirkier. The slight change in rhythm at around 4 minutes does present an interesting development, albeit a more predictable one (but it does not detract from its effectiveness and quality). But I would prefer something completely different here; totally changing the whole concept in the middle or maybe just building a different theme to replace the existing one, while keeping the same basis.

'To Kill Kenny' presents a complex rhythm work and a nice cheeky melody and being a short track, it serves its purpose quite well and doesn't outstay its welcome.

Enters the track 'The Parovoz Hitchhikers to Japan', a little more than 5 minutes of intense music, opening with a crunchy and dirty guitar, making way after a minute to a clearer section, only to be thrown away a mere 20-30 seconds later by the opening players. This is repeated again after less than a minute, as if depicting the waves of an ongoing battle (sorry to make it completely not related to the title of the track, which, like several other tracks here, is a reference to Douglas Adams' books). This is quite a fascinating piece; the shifting of volume, dynamics and intensity are very well done and make this a great aural experience. This is quite different than 'Landing' and shows are well diverse this group is.

'God saw otherwise' continues in the spirit of the preceding track I terms of a dirty sound and energy levels. The music has a powerful driving force here, and the bass part has a lot to do with it as it resounds in the front of the mix. There is a marvelous wall of sound coming after about two minutes in which, despite sounding like a cacophony, I could tell each instrument apart. This is great crunchy rock portrayed here.

'Laxatives are included' - now what is one supposed to expect from a title like that? They are a funny bunch of guys, that much is evident. The track itself, however, opens quite moderately with the guitar and bass in the front and a slow rhythm and sound effects in the background. For two minutes not much changes, except for the volume going slightly up and then the rhythm accelerates and the mood becomes more upbeat. It sounds like they are making up the stage for some theme to be played over this "template". What they do is in fact to gradually add small patches of notes by the guitars and further increasing of tempo, until a minor climax around 4 minutes in at which point there is a sort of reset to the initial opening theme and rhythm. I have to say I expected something different; as I mentioned, it sounded that at that two minute mark they were setting the stage for a turn-point event in which they introduce a different theme altogether. Nonetheless, this is a well accomplished piece.

More high-pitched vocals in chant-like form appear in 'Ikar's Guide to the Galaxy' in which there is also fabulous noisy playing, highly energetic, insane at points with its mingled with the aforementioned vocals. This track, which seems to follow in the vein of 'The Parovoz Hitchhikers to Japan' and is not as complex as 'Landing', has partitioning within it, giving it its breadth and depth.

Apparently, there is a shortage of Oxygen and its prices are quite high, as the title of the closing track suggests: 'How much is Oxygen on planet Khanud?'. This jazzy-falvoured tune adds another zest to the Disen Gage wide palate of styles. If you liked their previous albums, then you should get this. For those who don't know the band, this is actually a good place to start as well, particularly if you're intrigued by what I described in the review.

Great album!

Review by kev rowland
4 stars

Following on from my review of their 2016 album 'Snapshots', which was their fourth full release, guitarist Konstantin Mochalov kindly sent me their third which was released as long ago as 2008. As with their later album, musically this is all over the place, with influences from King Crimson being taken as a starting point and then moving rapidly into extremes. It is an album that is hard to describe, just because there is so much going on. That there are melodies, counter melodies, counter counter melodies, and s psychic understanding from each player as to what is happening next is a given. It's just from there on that it gets complex. Somehow, they manage to bring some Russian Cossack-style themes into 'Landing', which allows the listener to recognise where they are from, but apart from that there is little to let anyone know that they are Russian.

Highly complex and complicate, the music interweaves amongst itself, twisting and turning like a meandering river, at times just babbling gently but at others it is in full spate changing the musical flow into rapids of noise and intricacy. As with their most recent album, I find myself rapidly falling in love with the very strange and different world of Disen Gage, and I am sure that there are many other progheads out there who will feel the same way. There are some amazing bands coming out of Russia, and Disen Gage are at the vanguard.

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5 stars The history of the band Disen Gage starts since 2000 and during this time the band released four Studio albums , has received rave reviews from listeners and critics both in Russia and abroad. Creativity Disen Gage is located in the space between guitar-oriented rock, jazz-rock and avant-prog. The t ... (read more)

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