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DISEN GAGE

Eclectic Prog • Russia


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DISEN GAGE is a unique mixture of various genres of instrumental music , including fripp-rock, progressive, fusion, world-music,psychedelic and improvised spots.Formed in 1999,the duo-guitar quartet (Yuri Alaverdyan and Konstantin Mochalov - guitars, Nikolay Syrtsev - bass and later Eugeniy Kudryashov - drums) gained popularity in intellectual and student's communities.Being busy with their academic career in the Moscow Institute of Bio-Organic Chemisrty, the band members decided to stop their musical activity.Using rare chances, they managed to arrange few late-night sessions in 2002 in a studio to record a farewell cassette for their friends and fans (later Yuri has left the band to continue his academic career). To their luck, this material was remastered and released in 2004 by RAIG music as DISEN GAGE's debut album.It was an exciting CD for many progzines and progfans all over the world, musically compared with KING CRIMSON, DJAM KARET, OZRIC TENTACLES and others. New band's mamber Sergey Bagin (guitar) helped the band to progress from a guitar-oriented prog-rock outfit to a challenging avant-prog group. Intricate textures, atonal improvising, tough rhythms and riffs, gentle soundscaping, great sense of melody, remarkable individual skills and excellent sense of humour - those who like instrumental prog aesthetic will not be disappointed!

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Discography:
Libertage (Studio album, 2006)
The Screw-Loose Entertainment (Studio album, 2004)

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3.80 | 24 ratings
The Screw-Loose Entertainment
2004
3.97 | 12 ratings
Libertage
2006
4.14 | 31 ratings
...the reverse may be true
2008

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 Libertage by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.97 | 12 ratings

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Libertage
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

5 stars Libertage is the second album from Russian band Disen gage, and they have changed their sound a lot from their debut. here they have decided to go with something like Avant/Jazz/Post, and even some free form-ish type jazz on the epic H5N1,and it makes for a extremely good listen. All the muscians seem to play much more intensely and stronger here than Screw Loose. All the muscians seem to be trying to see how they can push themselves on some songs, like The Crash and Der Roboter Werters Dauern Minuten, where things start to get quite hectic. There isn't really any very accessible songs here to anyone not interested in the more chaotic side of Jazz, but for me, coming into this album not expecting something like this at all, it is outstanding.

This should please anyone interested in Avant-Garde, Jazz, or Improvised music. Top-notch playing by all the members and almost catchy and memorable songs, so yes this is nothing short of a masterpiece, not to mention that THIS IS FREE. The only masterpiece album I have come across that is free. Get this.

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.80 | 24 ratings

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The Screw-Loose Entertainment
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

3 stars Russian band Disen Gage is a interesting musical experience, to say the least. Every album after this one so far has gone a completely different way than the previous. The first go around here is not spectacular, nor is it bad. It is good but it does not quite capture me as a lot of other Math rock bands do.

All the songs are very catchy, but never does even one song jump out and grab my attention. There are moments where Disen Gage does add some little interesting sound, main thing that comes to mind is the barely audible screams during Witchtanz, and the "boing" sound during Augenapfel. The rest is good, but no where near what other Math Rock bands are doing, nor is interesting.

All the muscians are very good, an interesting thing being that they have two guitarists which is a plus, but I feel it could have been used to more an extent than it was.

Not something that you should go run to find (you dont need to anyway all of Disen Gage's albums are free on there website), but still a good album.

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.80 | 24 ratings

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The Screw-Loose Entertainment
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Koper

4 stars Surprising, intriguing and very difficult to classify music. A lot of styles, ranging from Samla Mammas Manna -like ("Augenapfel", "Kategeriin"), through Ozric Tentacles-que ("Arabia", "Sortie") and Satellite -like ("Chinagroove") to almost King Crimsonic ("Solaris", "Witchtanz") - these blundering comparisons clearly explain my problems with Disen Gage's style definition. I must add also distinct influence of, it is not a mistake, klezmer music ("Waltz", "Jewboilove") and this characteristic will be almost complete. Great musical competence of all instrumentalists is easy to hear - pay attention e.g on brilliant rhythm section in "Sortie" and "Witchtanz". The mood of dance party is also easy to feel during listening. Wonderful music, four and half stars.

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Russian outfit DISEN GAGE was formed in Moscow in 1999 by students Konstantin Mochalov, Yuri Alaverdyan, and Nikolai Syrtsev.Soon drummer Eugeny Kudryashov joined them and the band gained some decent popularity playing at college festivals and recording an amount of self-produced cassettes.During this period the three main members continued their studies as researchers on Bio-Organic Chemistry and the band was set on ice.Despite the difficulties they released their debut ''The Screw-Loose Entertainment'' in 2004 on RAIG,after which oroginal guitarist Yuri Alaverdyan left to continue his academic career in Sweden.

STYLE: While the band states as being an Experimental Prog Rock act,I definitely deny with this term.The reason is that after so many listenings of bands being heavily influenced by the mid-70's Crimson-esque style of prog,the term ''experimental'' just fades away.This is guitar-driven Prog Rock strongly rooted in Jazz-Fusion with touches of Ethnic Music.Almost totally instrumental (except some scarce spoken words), ''The Screw-Loose Entertainment'' runs at 40 minutes offering fusion-esque musicianship with lots of breaks,cold atmospheres but also a decent amount of melody.Bass work can range from solid rhytmic patterns to almost funky grooves,while the guitar work with a Fripp-ian influence varies from heavy parts to melodic passages.Notice some interesting guitar distortions and effects,which make the album sounding a bit experimental.Drum work is also quite solid,without being anything excepttional and follows consistently the rest of the musicians.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: With a guitarist playing his instrument sitting on a chair during the lives,can you imagine something else than ROBERT FRIPP's KING CRIMSON as an influence?Similar bands are also BI KYO RYAN,DIFICIL EQUILIBRIO,TRYO and maybe CABEZAS DE CERA.

PLUS: Excellent bass work,it really stands out!The use of some effects,light keys and guitar distortions prevents the album to sound mechanical.Good thing is the decent amount of melodies here and there.Musicianship is tight and really captivating.Nice alternation between slow- and fast tempos.Production is above average.

MINUS: Another band with a somewhat unpersonal style,the guitar work can only bring ROBERT FRIPP in mind.The tracks sound rather similar due to the limited instrumentation and the specific style of guitar playing.

WILL APPEAL TO:...anyone after guitar-based Prog Rock,KING CRIMSON-influenced music and a nice entry for someone who hasn't been in touch with a similar style of progressive music.

CONCLUSION: The same story again as in lot of cases.A band with obvious talent but without daring a step forward.A couple of tracks with added saxes are a good guide for a richer sound and the future.Good album overall,but not something ground-breaking.3 stars.

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 ...the reverse may be true by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 31 ratings

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...the reverse may be true
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

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!

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.80 | 24 ratings

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Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Vow. A forty minutes long album now available as a free download and a good one too.

This Russian bands looks like some mad professors from a university in Moscow. Their biography confirms my "worst" fears too. Their music is instrumental eclectic prog with one foot firmly rooted in fusion-rock and jazz. The other foot is firmly grounded in King Crimson land. The first ten minutes of this album are really infectious groovy and makes my feet tap the floor in an indecent manner. The rest of the album is pretty good too.

The album also has this Russian feeling with myriads of other cultures thrown in. It is a true melting pot of everything. The main instrument are guitars, but they also use a myriad of instruments and that to good effect. I am not a fan of instrumental music, but this one is a good one. As this album is for free; grab and enjoy. I guess I need to get their second album too and I will gladly pay for that one.

3.5 stars from me.

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 Libertage by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.97 | 12 ratings

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Libertage
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by raigor

4 stars Since their debut album, the instrumental group DISEN GAGE has evolved from a straight-guitar-influenced prog-rock outfit to an exciting and entertaining improvisational avant-prog band. This incarnation is still a duo-guitar quartet. Original members Konstantin Mochalov (guitar), Nikolai Syrtsev (bass), and Eugeny Kudryashov (drums) are joined by a fantastic performer Sergei Bagin who uses his guitar to add new unexpected colors to their music. Intricate textures, atonal improvising, tough rhythms and riffs, enfeeble soundscaping which could delude a listener by gentle touches of the absent keyboard, string or horn sections, cute but carefully warped sense of melody, remarkable individual skills and humorous visions - everything makes their second, Libertage shining throughout. The result is not a hash, but rather complex pieces with a sense of the bizarre and the misplaced. It is almost unbelievable that the whole album was spontaneously composed and improvised on the spot. This time around, the group makes a go of imagination, not concentrating on specific music themes but turning to something more in the vein of impressionist glare-art, gorgeous but sorry sight of the things. No guest appearances, no synthesizers, no overdubs! Alexei Fedorov's production is delicate and sleek without stripping the music of its authenticity. Those who got hooked on the pure instrumental avant-prog aesthetic will not be disappointed!

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by progismylife

5 stars Heavy Music and King Crimson inspired!

This is a relatively new band from Russia. They started in 1999 at the Moscow Physics, but their first album (this one) was released in 2004 by RAIM (Russian Association of Independent Genres). It is avant, psychedelic, jazzy, folky, and above all heavy prog that is King Crimson inspired - which is always a plus in my book.

The album is instrumental (except for a few sections where someone says something in Russian). The music is enticing and is always full of surprises no matter how many times you listen to it. There is no filler on this album at all. Each track is different yet it keeps a good flow to it. It is one of those albums that makes you want to sit down and just feel the music for the whole hour (or however long this album is). It is surprising that all this is created with 2 guitars, a bass guitar, and drums. No keyboards in sight. Truly exceptional musicianship.

All in all this experimental music is exceptional. It is worth getting, especially if you are a fan of heavy prog or the heavier King Crimson stuff. Don't get the idea that this band is just copying King Crimson style. The songs are unique and yet the main influence is obvious and wonderful to listen to. I think I prefer this to the King Crimson albums I have. 5/5 stars.

Oh and you can download this album (it's legal and free!) from the band's website!

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Review by Vibrationbaby

5 stars "Whether or not it is clear to you, the universe is unfolding as it should." - Anonymous

If not the most original this is definitely the most interesting experimental music that I have heard since Primus hit the scene in the early 90`s. It has the wackiness of the afore mentioned and the complexities and depth of King Crimson and after hearing these guys for the first time I simply couldn`t believe there were no keyboards! They get all the wierdness and kaos you could ask for out of two over driven guitars, a drum kit and a bass guitar with the occasional appearances of congas and a saxophone. One of the effective aspects of the twin guitars is that both guitarists, each with a different approach to their playing, are freed up to experiment with and develop each piece more freely due to the absence of vocals throughout 99% of the work.

Following an ambient intro on the first track, Solaris, accomplished by a mesh of guitar effects we ascend into some heavy rythm riffing over which we hear Frippish guitar screaming which leaves no doubt of the 80`s King Crimson influence which pretty much continues throughout the entire album. While the complexities, such as tight accented drumming, solid bass playing and bizarre yet sophisticated interaction between the two guitars, become more evident as the album moves on so do other influences.Tinges of Krautrock can be also be heard on Kategeriin, a track with great dynamics and rythmn which even features some tripped out vocals that remind me of early deranged Guru Guru voicings. Later on we also hear some effects that you would expect on a Neu! album blended in with latino stylings which is probably the most conventional track on the whole CD and is entitled unsuprisingly, Latino. And this one even gets wierd in places! Augenapfel tends to get a little funky and can sound like Canadian fusion band UZEB in parts while also having a very latino flavour.It also includes some fine flamenco-like guitar lines.The real gem on the album though, is the second track, Komar, with a very, spooky, almost frantic pulsating aura to it with a lot of freaked out Frippish guitar effects. The final track entitled Waltz is just that and conjures up images of a weird masquerade party with dancing manequins.

All comparisons aside, these guys use their influences very wisely and every track is a special witches brew. Despite all the influences , the ingredients on each track cleverly flow into one another and there are absolutely no grey areas, just suprises. They sound tight yet they have a certain freeness to their sound. The one word track titles also contribute to the wonderful strangeness of this ambitious musical accomplishment. Play LOUD!

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 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.80 | 24 ratings

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Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Very Disengaged ...

Wow! This is the debut of a very interesting russian band - excellent and very professional with great interaction between the musicians. Not to ignore - their music is often refering to KING CRIMSON and remembers me at 'Discipline' a lot. No keyboards and no vocals (excepting some spoken words). The twin guitar work is dominating the 10 short songs - sometimes similar to Fripp/Belew. They combine this also in a special way with other styles - Psychedelic - JazzRock/Fusion - jamming and a unique russian flavour.

The opener Solaris is convincing with a funky fusion bass - beginning with a psychedelic intro and then gliding into a groovy rocking part. Komar contains excellent drum work and Augenapfel is a very dynamic JazzRock track. Kategeriin first of all sounds like a country rock song and consists of many freaky effects - fabulous! Arabia is a tremendous ride - very much fusion again. Latino and Waltz are exactly what the song name promises. And Jewboilove is another very freaky song with saxophon accompaniment.

'The Screw-Loose Entertainment' is a fresh and ambitous work - very interesting to hear. Highly recommended to CRIMSON progheads and also to Jazz Rock/Fusion fans.

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