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Founded in Moscow, Russia in 1999

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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3.92 | 38 ratings
The Screw-Loose Entertainment
2004
3.36 | 23 ratings
Libertage
2006
4.15 | 60 ratings
... The Reverse May Be True
2008
3.91 | 36 ratings
Snapshots
2016
3.41 | 11 ratings
Hybrid State
2017
3.11 | 15 ratings
Nature
2018
3.76 | 41 ratings
The Big Adventure
2019

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Equilibrium Trip
2016

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 Libertage by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.36 | 23 ratings

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Libertage
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars Two years after their debut, Disen gage returned with their second album in 2006. With the departure of founder member and guitarist Yury Alaverdyan, the band regrouped and brought in Sergei Bagin as a replacement. The rest of the line-up still being Konstantin Mochalov (guitars, Fx), Nikolai Syrtsev (bass) and Evgeny Kudryashov (drums). It is worth noting that although this line-up stayed together for the next album, 2008's 'The Reverse May Be True', over the years since then only Konstantin has been on every release, but it was this quartet who performed on 2019's 'The Big Adventure'.

With this release the band had taken their King Crimson investigations into new directions, playing with RIO, avant- garde and experimental weirdness which came to fruition more in their later works. This one still contains a considerable amount of guitar at times, yet they are moving through krautrock and other areas to create something which is quite compelling and certainly outside the norm. The one major issue for me with this release is the sound of the snare drum, which is just too high in the mix and detracts and distracts from the proceedings around it. I can cope with the toms being fairly high as their more bass sound provides a good tribal backdrop, but the snare is just too high up and the reverb which has been applied definitely makes it stand out.

That is a real shame as there are sections of this where the experimentation is a delight, taking the listener on different journeys that may be intensely melodic or something filled with anarchy, and one never knows where the adventure is going to culminate. I would probably look to one of their other releases before going to this one, but yet again it is good to have it more freely available.

 The Screw-Loose Entertainment by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.92 | 38 ratings

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The Screw-Loose Entertainment
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars I missed out on the 2004 debut album by Disen Gage when it came out first time around, but it has now been made available again. This was the only album to feature the original line-up of Yury Alaverdyan (guitar, percussion), Konstantin Mochalov (guitar, keyboards), Nikolai Syrtsev (bass, keyboards, percussion) and Evgeny Kudryashov (drums, percussion), and it is quite different in approach to the style of the band I came across later on. The guitars are incredibly important, with a very strong King Crimson feel to proceedings (especially 'Discipline' era), although there are also moments when it appears that Gilmour has also been a major influence. It is far heavier and straightforward, less experimental than their more recent albums, so much so it is almost like a different band. It must be quite a shock for fans to move from this to 'Hybrid State' as an example, where scientists make music in the course of an experimental procedure, and directly in the lab (the band originally got together when they were students, and followed careers in chemistry).

The label describes the album like this, 'Moscow scientists debut offers a highly concentrated twist on instrumental rock - a musical journey that leads listeners through the entire range of emotions without even needing words.' Don't think they're mad professors, although it would be useful to understand just what they are doing with this highly complex and complicated music as it turns, spins and whirls, with the result that any fan of Fripp is going to love this. The rhythm section is dynamic, and it is often the bass providing the warmth as the guitar interweave and construct strange patterns. Sometimes there is crunch, at others plenty of staccato picking, but it is always intriguing, and one never knows what is going to happen next. This may be very different to the band I came to know, yet is another great example of why in my mind they are one of the top bands to come out of Russia.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars DISEN GAGE ​​is a group, then a combination of Russian musicians is happening with their 7th album to agglomerate; jazzy atmospheres pulling the free, festive atmosphere, metal space, Argentine accordion, colorful carnival of sounds and the madness of interlocking sounds. DISEN GAGE ​​is a journey, a great adventure that rout and musical notes of all colors. It is a melting pot of sounds that may at first glance scare as the origins, sounds refer to unique musical styles, strange, staggering and incredibly fresh. I even read here and there "phosphorescent light energy"! It is by definition the "crossover" in the rough! I did not find groups or artists to guide you except perhaps Panzerballett or BREGOVIC,

"Shiroyama" begins with a percussive sound thick, a film strip with metal anthem and cold and some notes of guitar noise for introspective intro. "Adventurers" guitar again and his accordion for a heady air gypsy with at the end a more atmospheric air disorienting to have been added there. Beautiful and innovative, leaving us from boat or in heaven for a few moments. "Chaos Point" comes to a rhythmic nag, trumpet (yet ???). These days artists have given the range for reuse these instruments I thought put in the museum! The bass is fat and heavy, jerky and metronomic drums. It flirts a bit of jazz on the excesses "Red" KING CRIMSON. There is a clean cut with voice yelled death (the only time sung in fact) that brings the ... chaos. Then the piano back to a simpler basis while the saturated guitar again and a quieter end and a title that must be domesticated (personally I spent long moments trying to figure it out). "Enough" with its post-spleen-throbbing atmosphere and guitar echoes as on THE GUITAR ORCHESTRA (album of 91 to have at home) and overloops. On OSI also for the sweet-sliced ​​and hypnotic staccato- voltaic and guitar frippienne remains until the arrival of a clear and melancholic cello supported by a frank battery. Both plotting to release a saturated air and causing the perfect musical oxymoron. "All the Truths Meeting"

Follows a Spanish guitar, a synth accordion for the parade of the marching band. "Selfish tango" hence the name for a tango furious xylophone (I really have heard everything there !!) and where the second air is nervous with guitar energetic, vibrant and synth pads. It's almost hypnotic, frenzied, "crescendique" (yes we have to invent words to try to explain!), Creative on. And the small end as confusing with that look more rhythmic on an electrified waltz. "Carnival escape" the longest and most astonishing part: listen to it and think of James Bond to Ennio Morricone, to "Love Boat" at the carnival in Rio, where the synthetic orchestra did its job for a note festive and especially puzzling to the end with a guitar this time darker. "End" Closing these 46'10 '' with the merger of all their ideas more or less controlled, there are a piano bringing a gentle swirling guitar jazzy, then look more built with a beautiful solemn rise, such a step (Princely or mortuary!). At this point and after a few tens of listening, I began to find it beautiful.

Good conclusion is essential for this album available in digital and CD. At first, one might think to flee as the sounds are disparate both instruments seem distant from the progressive rock. although one is actually on the experimental prog may seem crazy. After reflection and several plays, the themes coalesce to provide a truly progressive patchwork, festive and boisterous. What is most surprising is that this album gives true nobility conventional instruments used, even if it is through programming. The second thing that comes to mind is that there is indeed a musical score in this unclassifiable album to listen, just to unclog ears. The commitment and innovation to their maximum for sentencing.

 Nature by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.11 | 15 ratings

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Nature
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by alainPP

2 stars DISEN GAGE ​​is an association of Russian musicians, Konstantin Mochalov and Anton Efimov happens with their 5th album "Nature" to compose three songs from natural noises. They took as reference a planet, trains and animals. The transcribed sounds have no bass or drums, but sampling of notes spellbinding, creative, electronic, contemplative and anarchic. Openness is almost obligatory to embark on this unique journey and almost unique: it was dark phases, repetitive, of mixing psychedelic atmospheres and natural sounds, we have sound research to the limits of the entendable moments then a more standardized its will restore any continuity under explored. Some QUANTUM Fantay to OZRIC TENTACLES, MIKE OLDFIELD, TANGERINE DREAM in their most adventurous and most dark stage can be detected, Lustmord to the dark side, repetitive and infamous, I'll even look that was the FIRM (International Foundation for Music Research) in its time! In short, both tapped into the space rock in the atmosphere, the noise, experimental, industrial and Vanguard!

"Complex textures, atonal improvisation, rhythms and hard riffs, soft soundscapes, a great sense of melody, outstanding personal skills", this is what I could find rightly on their chronic . I take this phrase to confirm that I am not alone in finding this album purely singular. "Planets" is the title built with sequences of sounds in space or hyper space wrapped in atonal sequences making random monitoring. It is hard to access, easier to swallow the helmet! With a few plays ears starting to detect a rhythm, a frame from theory Jupiter orbits.

"Trains" offers Station sounds about tangled paths, wind in the trains, brakes, winds blowing in the Moscow underground, it's very scary and dreamy: musical sounds are there to arrange and mix everything. "Animals" seems more accessible with more natural sounds, recognizable but equally frightening, dark and austere: wolves, bears, rattlesnakes and other insects are on the menu and many other dismal thing from a marsh Australian! Title not listen alone in the dark except for fun to be scared! These three titles more than 15 minutes each, despite my brief explanation, therefore represent a trip to the archaic music of our good old Earth, at a time when the man appears to be not appeared ... or already extinct; to listen without fear for those who are suffering from a huge spleen; for others, you'll get an unknown film music, a chilling atmosphere Sidereal but not meaningless.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars In the presence of Madcap Genius

Here's what i think

The album art shows ancient cave etchings. Superimposed over these priceless representations of elongated, archetypal, bizarre-to-modern-eyes drawings, the band name is scrawled as though graffiti, DISEN GAGE WAS HERE.

It's got an ornate picture frame surrounding a slice of this cave wall, and beneath that tableau, the album title, "The Big Adventure".

The feckless and heedless modern goes on safari, traipsing through scenes and sites that are rendered spiritual by virtue of longevity, solemnity, ritual, and innate beauty- and leave thereon their shallow scratches, taking selfies to send to equally vapid FB "friends", and crowing about their latest exploits.

Lookit me, ain't I grand?

Meanwhile, the Watchers Observe

And here's the genius part. DISENGAGE is certainly a moving target, a collective of amazing musicians pulled into the center, I suspect, of guitarist and founding member Konstantin Mochalov's orbit- the vision and the search for what lasts, has worth, endures, and how to confront the omnipresent idiocy of those who would heedlessly desecrate what they will stubbornly not see.

The vision includes cinema

The album art displays a provocative truth- one culture builds over another builds over another...and so on. The ancient must oftentimes be excavated, one seeming anachronism alongside another. One jarring detail that doesn't fit beside an entire feature.

In this album, the cinematic demonstrates this truth.

On one hand we hear what sounds like absurdist art music, and at another point, spaghetti western crazily spinning away into the distance.

We hear funhouse kaleidoscopes and calliopes, ominous classical chords from a grand piano introducing a theme, only to build...

And damned if nearly every track seems to be building to a fascinating finish only to abruptly end.

Genius I say!

Each musician certainly brings a lot to the table- polished, poised, pristine playing. (And how do you like that alliteration?) But listen! Hear the accordion in its wistful, sweet iterations, the tuba, the trumpets, strings, the jangling dissonances of clean guitar chords in various voicings...

Only to build into slabs of power, walls of sound and majesty, and then to devolve into chaos and clamor. Hmm, sounds a lot like civilizations rising, growing, developing, becoming arrogant, and with predictable hubris, over- reaching, and disappearing.

Furthermore

The instruments are often used in novel and wonderful ways. DISEN GAGE does not seem content to blend in, to copy, to follow trodden paths.

No, rather to innovate, to push, to explore, to grapple with newness, a sort of musical adventure of its own- one that does not desecrate and destroy with casual mindlessness, but instead builds upon the broad shoulders of those who went before.

The guitars will jangle, soar, squawk, and sing. The bass rumbles and harrumphs and wallows like an elephant in a cool pool on a hot day.

And those crisp drums accentuating, developing, massaging the sounds to deepen and broaden and widen the impact.

We hear the herky-jerky ballroom sounds, the ominous and dark space musings, surreal Dali-esque jazz shifting and morphing into lustrous chords only to become Romantic era and then of course a carnival.

Let's bring this to the FIN

Well, for me this is madcap genius writ large. I doubt it's for everyone- what art ever is?

My rating- 4.5 eternal etchings.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Russian band DISEN GAGE have been an going entity for 20 years by now, and probably merits a description as a veteran band at this point. The band has 7 studio albums to their name so far, of which more than half have appeared within the last five years. "The Big Adventure" is the most recent of this, and was released through the nameless [addicted label] in Russia at the start of 2019.

Challenging, eclectic instrumental progressive rock isn't a variety of the music that will ever hit the top of the commercial popularity lists, nor will it ever be in danger of seguing over to a mainstream audience. But those who know and love the more eclectic and expressive variety of instrumental progressive rock should take note of this album, as I suspect many who recognize themselves in such a description will truly appreciate what Disen Gage have to offer on this latest album of theirs.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars I have been a fan of this Moscow-based band for some time now, but this is the first time I have come across a physical release, as they have now signed to the Addicted label, who proudly state that without a name or logo, support all types of psychedelic music, formed in Moscow in 2011. They have set me quite a few albums to work though so they will be reviewed at some point in the future. But back to Disen Gage, and the first thing I noticed even before putting it on is that there have been some significant changes in the band, with only Konstantin Mochalov still there from 'Nature', which in itself was a change from the previous line-up with only Anton Efimov still involved with Kostya. This change has seen quite a dramatic change in the overall sound, as while they are back to a four-man line- up with Konstantin (guitar and sound engineering), Eugeny Kudryashov (drums), Nikolai Syrtsev (bass) and Sergei Bagin (guitar and synth), they have definitely shifted so some of their music sounds almost mainstream progressive rock, which is a long way from where they were previously.

But although the guitar is far more front and central in this instrumental album than it has been previously, and there are far more commercial elements in some of their music, Disen Gage are still mixing in left field influences and sounds when they feel the urge. There are a few guests involved to assist in pushing the envelope, adding in some jazz lounge piano to 'Carnival Escape', or including some brass sounds, and who else but Disen Gage would feel that a piano accordion would be the accompaniment at times? Twenty years on from when Konstantin started working under this name with Yuri Alaverdyan, Disen Gage continue to delight. It will be interesting to see if people finding this album for the first time then work back through the catalogue, as if they do, they may well find themselves in for quite a surprise as here is a band who continue to push musical boundaries. This is a major shift from 'Nature', and certainly surprised me, but is a wonderful way to find a band who continue to do whatever they like, whether that is bringing in Russian folk, RIO, or more commercial elements. They refuse to conform, and it is all the better for it. This is not as challenging as previous albums, so hopefully more will discover what a great band they really are.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by felonafan

5 stars This 46-minute release is not only a return to the Disen Gage prog-rock style, typical for the first four albums of the band (2004 - 2016), and not only a reminder that one of the best instrumental Russian ensembles continues to exist, although it does not play gigs.

'The Big Adventure' is one of the best releases in the entire 20-year history of this group. It is better than the two previous albums in the ambient / avant-garde style. Moreover, it is better than the very good 2016 'Snapshots' album which was based on the 'jam approach' (like the second album titled 'Libertage' (2006)). On the contrary, the newest release is characterized by a rigorous construction of compositions. In this aspect, it comes close to such landmark releases as 'The Screw-Loose Entertainment' (2004) and '... the Reverse May Be True' (2008). Each of the eight compositions of the album impresses with elaborate arrangements and thematic development, and each of them catches!

The best tracks are Chaos Point, Selfish Tango, Carnival Escape ' all these creatures are characterized by an unpredictable development and sharp changes in musical pictures. These compositions embody in the best possible way the main "principle" of the album: "from irony to sudden insights, from caustic irony to sudden grim frankness".

I would like to congratulate the group Disen Gage with undoubted creative success! The artistic level of her new album 'The Big Adventure' can be comparable with the level of the aforementioned '... the Reverse May Be True' release, which is deservedly considered as the 'essential highlight' of the band. 'The Bid Adventure' is one of the Albums of the Year.

 The Big Adventure by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.76 | 41 ratings

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The Big Adventure
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Disen Gage is a band that has never been afraid to try completely different things to make fine prog. I last listened to "Hybrid State", which was a spaced out take on the band's sound. This time, the group has focused on a particularly heavy sound that features various different sounds and guest instruments meant to distill into a single album the course of Disen Gage's now twenty year career. These turns include folk style accordion on "Adventurers", piano on "Chaos Point" and "Fin", with the former collapsing into free jazz style improv, and cello on "Enough". The driving rock of the band themselves is the most satisfying part of the record, which refuses to relent for the extra instruments. Personal favorites include "Chaos Point" and the horror of "Carnival Escape". Altogether, this is a great album that deserves a listen from anyone who loves harder edged prog and unique eclecticism.
 Nature by DISEN GAGE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.11 | 15 ratings

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Nature
Disen Gage Eclectic Prog

Review by Homotopy

4 stars Sixth studio LP by Disen Gage is not Eclectic Prog the band is labeled with. It's certainly progressive and in a sense eclectic, ye the correct genre must be Avant-Garde, more precisely Musique Concrète: the source of the sounds on this album is mainly samples.

Aesthetically it feels like Dark Ambient. That is especially true for Trains, try it out at night on some creepy train station. The atmosphere of the other two tracks is harder to penetrate as the music is quite alien (especially on Planets, ha-ha, got it?). But that is exactly why the album is so good: it invokes unique feelings and offers a dive into some other realm for those who can catch the right set of mind. One good thing about experimental music is that it often tries to provide new aesthetics for us, bored by listening to the same thing for years, and it sometimes succeeds to do so. This, in my opinion, is the case.

It's very hard to access this work with stars. Yes, Nature is different, and it would probably be wrong to call it progressive rock due to the latter word. But this doesn't prevent, for instance, Tangerine Dream albums from enjoying highest marks and spots in all-time top. This album is a unique experience, which can also be highly pleasant if given a proper chance. Should I say that it's not something that would appeal to many progheads and call it "collectors/fans only" or should I praise the boldness of the band's decision to update its discography with this sudden atypical record and proclaim 4 stars?.. Funnily enough, the votes of the previous reviewers have divided equally. My choice is seen on the opposite side of the review.

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