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Disconnect was formed in December 2009 by longtime musical collaborators Erich O'Dell (guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals) and Brian Eschrich (drums, percussion). The duo had played together in various projects off and on for nearly 20 years before deciding it was time to write and record the type of progressive rock nearest to their sensibilities. Listeners will notice their sound is heavily influenced by KING CRIMSON, PORCUPINE TREE, KEVIN GILBERT, SPOCK'S BEARD, THE MARS VOLTA, OCEANSIZE and PETER GABRIEL. Although in the Crossover Prog category, their music also contains elements of space rock and heavy prog. The band's name is duplicitous - it references the geographical disconnect between the duo (O'Dell records in his studio in Maryland while Eschrich records in his New Jersey studio) as well as the band's belief that modern life makes it difficult to disconnect from the overwhelming pervasiveness of technology.

Immediately after their formation, the band began to write and record songs for their debut album, eventually entitled Radio Hostile (May 2010). Radio Hostile (given this name to represent the opposite of radio friendly) is a concept album consisting of 15 tracks, 5 of which were instrumental. The album's theme tells the tale of an artist's attempts to achieve success in his craft, but only by the standards of others. Finally the persona realizes that success is not defined by monetary goals or perceived popularity, but rather by one's own satisfaction.

In all, 23 songs were recorded during the Radio Hostile sessions but only 15 of the songs made the final cut. As the cut songs were completely mixed and mastered already, this led to the quick follow-up EP Fragments (August 2010) - a compilation of all the songs that had been cut from Radio Hostile.

Feeling no need to take a break, Disconnect immediately began to write and record their next album - Obscuros (November 2010). Although recorded in half the time it took to record Radio Hostile, Obscuros is Disconnect's most technical and ambitious record to date. The band considers it their strongest progressive work thus far and is working hard to promote it. As an unsigned, independent band they are looking into as many distribution options as possible, as well as planning the logistics of adding additional musicians for any potential touring.

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3.75 | 23 ratings
Radio Hostile
2010
3.94 | 43 ratings
Obscuros
2010
3.76 | 63 ratings
Indivision
2011
4.01 | 147 ratings
Enough Blame To Go Around
2012
4.08 | 18 ratings
Planned Obsolescence
2014

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3.14 | 7 ratings
Fragments
2010

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 Planned Obsolescence by DISCONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.08 | 18 ratings

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Planned Obsolescence
Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars To picture this Mid-Atlantic American duo, take bits and pieces of your favorite prog bands on the rockier side - mid 70s and 80s King Crimson, mature Rush, Floyd, Kansas - with a poorer vocal. Despite some laid back sections, overall mood is gloomy (though not crossing over to metal, like many do nowadays). It's bad now in a middle-aged male's life and will get worse.

This is not your riff-keyboard melody-long bridge kind of prog. Songs are very long, with multiple sections and those odd-time thingies. It doesn't always gel together, but not without anthemic moments. Erich O'Dell uses a lot of different guitar tones, including clean ones, and backing synths, but seriously overuses Discipline-era King Crimson ascetic guitar lines. If you're familiar with Disconnect, this sounds like Twisting the Knife - the longest but least consistent song off their Enough Blame to Go Around album. If not, that album is a better introduction to them. And, uh, guys, really mature of you to get offended at a review. You know what I'm talking about.

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 Planned Obsolescence by DISCONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.08 | 18 ratings

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Planned Obsolescence
Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by HorribleCatfish

5 stars I thought it would be tough work for Disconnect to top their last album, Enough Blame to Go Around?but apparently they were up to the task with Planned Obsolescence. All of the familiar trademarks are still there, but the keyboards seem to have taken a full time position in the band, and I for one, love it. The album opens with Unbroken?A solid opening track?and when a track as good as this opens an album, and it's the weakest song on the album, it's a testament to just how good the following material is. Following that we have the longest track on the album, I Am The Memory, clocking in at 17+ minutes. There's a great bit of keys in the middle of this song that gives it a bit of a Floydian atmosphere, and a great segue into the 2nd half of the song. Next up is Trennan, instrumental track #1, a great bit of musicianship that leads into my personal favorite, Relevance. A nice laid back opening, leading into one of the greatest odd time hooks I've ever heard. The 2nd instrumental track, The Pedestrian Hobbyist follows. It opens with what sounds like a review of Enough Blame?and from there, just explodes into one of their finest moments ever. I like the nice touch with the pretentious voice for the review. Closing the album is the title track and Reprieve. Planned Obsolescence is the kind of song I really love?a slow build to a great payoff and they couldn't have chosen a better track to end the album on than with Reprieve. Vintage Disconnect, alongside the ever increasing keys. Make sure to come back after the brief silence, as some of O'Dell's best work puts the finish on this great album. Have I mentioned that Disconnect has increased their keyboard contribution? That's not meant to say the album is over-bearing with keys?but they found the perfect balance to go along with their sound. Which speaking of, I think now truly is a Disconnect sound. The inspirations of King Crimson are still there, but much like Porcupine Tree did with their Floyd sound and made it their own?Disconnect has done the same.

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 Obscuros by DISCONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.94 | 43 ratings

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Obscuros
Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Points of reference for Disconnect - an American two-member studio project - would be the rockier sides of the classic prog equation (Rush, King Crimson - of the slower variety, even a little Black Sabbath), as well as more mainstream strains of 70s inspired American rock. Obscruros actually is a fairly diverse album - an anthemic hard rock, an alternatingly spooky riff-catchy chorus song, an ever-evolving Crimsonian instrumental with a rumbling organ later on, a funky number, a heavily distorted and slowed fantasy epic, even a country-bluesy outro solo. Songs are mostly based on repeating main melodic pattern and alternating backing pattern with extended instrumental middles, often featuring various effects on the instruments, which, to tell the truth, are hit-and-miss.

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3.76 | 63 ratings

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Indivision
Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Disconnect, an American middle-aged but recently prolific (4 albums in three years) studio project's third effort is apparently some sort of suite. But apart for book-ending theme, vague thematic unity (life, society, decay) and a tendency for some songs to end unexpectedly early, as if a movement in a larger suite, you wouldn't tell. You can listen in any order. For Disconnect - a project that is never too happy, - this is actually the least heavy album. There are clean guitars, country-ish tones, some uplifting solos and a piano, violin and accordion sounds (played on keyboards), although others songs are trade-markedly dark and pessimistic. If you are their fan, this different-than-the-rest, yet recognizably Disconnected album should suite you just fine. However, if you are new, this overlong and mostly slow album, without overt progressiveness, would probably bore you.

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 Enough Blame To Go Around by DISCONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.01 | 147 ratings

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Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Not crossover prog. More like heavy prog with King Crimson overtones. Two middle-aged guys in a studio. This is their, perhaps, most complex work, for hardcore proggers, those who like the rock side of the equation, but not totally inaccessible.

Just five songs. Three 10-minute numbers and two 18-minutes. The "shorter" tracks are all dark and somewhat repetitive. The longer ones allow for more variety, including sensibility for pop melodies. Falling Man is more coherent than Twisting the Knife.

Erich O'Dell, who does everything but the drums, actually displays broad range of guitar techniques - from minimalistic to shredding and "traditional", with Spanish and Arabic tones. What he was not meant to do, however, is sing. He knows the theory of melodic singing, but this just wasn't God's plan for him, I guess.

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Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by williedawg

5 stars Upon first listen I had kind of a tepid opinion of this album, yet I heard enough hooks to keep me coming back for additional listens. Each time I found something new that I liked of each song. There's much to appreciate here - fine musicianship, thoughtful lyrics, intense moods and atmospheres. The vocals can take a while to get used to, but now after several listens I find myself enjoying the vocals too. There are two epic tracks on here, the first of which is Falling Man which is a wild ride. Love the middle eastern influences in the guitar work as well as the drums & percussion. Almost as impressive is the closing track Twisting The Knife which is perhaps my favorite on the album. Again the guitar work here is quite impressive, calling to mind David Gilmour and at times Roine Stolte. Lovely work on mixing and production, impressive job by an indie band.

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Review by IcedPorcupine

4 stars Disconnect "Enough Blame To Go Around" 7/10

This album starts right away with the cover art. It was pointed out to me by friend, Conor Fynes, that the cover art depicts a famous photograph that goes all to well with the theme of the album, Enough Blame To Go Around; The tragic events of September 11, 2001 are woven in emotions into the look, sound and feel of the album, which begins with the famous "Falling Man" photograph from the day of horror and desperation.

As noted by many other reviewers, the name, Disconnect, originates from the distance between the artists Erich O'Dell and Brian Eschrich, who require the wonders of internet to collaborate on their work. The result this time is the enjoyable "Enough Blame To Go Around", an album displaying the emotions and thoughts brought on by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

The music found on this LP is very well done, noticeable on the first track "Adventures in Taxidermy" right away. On this, King Crimson influences are certainly noticeable, bringing a definite enjoyment in listening to the album. The music writing and editing is done so well, and I found myself almost lost by the beautiful sounds brought forth by the melodies and fantastic layering. "Inside Job" is a great example of this greatness; I really love all that the instruments have to offer in this specific piece. Everything is done incredibly well here, and it causes great anticipation for the rest of the album.

One element that is certainly noticeable in the music, is the mood. Rightfully so, this album holds on to some intense and deep mood brought forth by the inspiration of 9/11, Though I am not familiar with previous Disconnect work, the music here certainly displays how inspired these gentlemen were in the creation of this somber LP. "Falling Man" especially begins with a heavy dark mood following a 9/11 news report, which is more than enjoyable. Dark atmosphere is music is something I find I really appreciate.

The symbolism and meaning of the song titles and certainly parts and elements found in Enough Blame To Go Around is incredible. The writing is certainly done well, and this LP has been well composed. A quick example of this is in the song "Falling Man", which, around the 9:11 mark, changes tone and attitude into an awesome section of flamenco- esque guitar. Really enjoyable, definitely intended, and certainly symbolic.

Enough Blame To Go Around is certainly an album I enjoyed, and I will be looking at more of Disconnect's work because of this. Everything is well done this album, and although I am not a huge fan of the singing in some songs, I really loved the instrumental work. The album finished incredibly well with the track "Twisting The Knife" which holds the all important role of the finishing song. It does its job very well, and leaves the listener feeling the emotions the album set out to display. Excellent album, fantastic work.

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4.01 | 147 ratings

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Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars After hearing Disconnect's 2010 debut "Radio Hostile" I was curious as to the direction that the band had travelled over the years. The lead guitar work of Erich O'Dell really shines, and he is also very good on bass, keyboards, and vocals. He is joined by Brian Eschrich who keeps things pumping on percussion and synths. As a duo the band are accomplished musicians though one wonders how they would perform live with all the over dubbing and multi tracking or studio trickery. The duo record from different locations so it is feasible that they would never perform live anyway. The vocals are great, sounding a bit like Roger Waters' style or Neal Morse in places.

This latest 2012 album "Enough Blame to Go Around" is a very well developed musical journey, that delves deep into the very serious topic of what really happened on September 11th when the Twin Towers were demolished by plane collisions. It is a topic that has sparked a myriad of conspiracies and Disconnect explore some of these in their lyrics. The album cover took me by surprise as I did not even notice the enigmatic falling man image almost subliminally seen in the centre. The infamous image is one that has led to the "Falling Man" documentary where many people jumped to their deaths when they knew the building was going to collapse. It is a potent image and the music on the album seems to echo with empathy towards the victims.

'Adventures in Taxidermy' gets things rolling with an ambient though unsettling soundscape, and then a phased guitar with a riff sounding similar to Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 5 intro. It launches into a simple guitar riff and some processed vocals, though I prefer Erich's vice without the effects vocoder. The track builds inexorably to a powerful lead break over a broken progressive signature. This is a heavier track with a ton of distortion, though maintains clean guitar modulation and picking in the Robert Fripp style. I like the deep bass tones on the ending and the staccato piano flourishes, giving it an atonal resonance. 'Inside Job' is a powerful instrumental dominated by guitar prowess and brilliant keyboards. It has a driving beat that locks in and some outbreaks of guitar finesse. The rhythm reminds me of King Crimson, clear influences on the album. It is akin to parts of "Larks' Tongues In Aspic" and the "Discipline" era. It is terrific how it builds with synth pads and ascending guitar phrases. The fractured time sig is more progressive than the Crossover genre will often allow, and perhaps this is the band's most progressive and creative album, particularly in terms of utilising progressive elements. Although parts are not consolidated or juxtaposed together well, somehow it still maintains interest and I would suggest that this instrumental is an outstanding composition that brings together a plethora of ideas in to the mix.

'Falling Man' has a prominent news broadcast about the 9/11 tragedy, one that I had not heard so I did not know of its legitimacy or not. It certainly leaps out of the speakers when the sirens resound and those words are heard from a collage of many broadcasts over a Middle Eastern musical figure; "we have something that has happened here at the World Trade Centre, terrorist alert planes crashing into the tower, there is smoke billowing and covering all of the smaller skyscrapers, there are people jumping out the windows!" Once the guitar riff locks in we hear some vocals and a King Crimson polyphonic time sig similar to the Crims 80s era. The very strong synths that are heard are mesmirising and then a blistering wah-wah lead break dominates. The vocals sung are rather potent; "As I look around the world, shoulda known this would come, you may not like our voice, but at least we have a choice." This leads to soaring lead guitar and a crunching riff, and then another verse voicing the hopelessness of the situation; "as I look from my tower." The next section leads to a rather surprising Eastern guitar rhythm, with Iraqi flavours. The lead guitarwork is phenomenal in the next segment at 10 minutes in. One may be reminded of 80s era Rush in the section at 11:10 with the jangly riff and soaring lead work. This masterful track is easily the best song on the album.

I had my ears peeled throughout the album for other lyrical hints as to what happened or what is speculated to have happened on that fateful day. I was also quite taken back as to the musical structures throughout the album, at times sounding like Spock's Beard or as complex as King Crimson. Much of this is elongated instrumentals that have nice melodies and some odd time signatures to keep things flowing. It takes a while to grow on the ear but certain sections are unforgettable. I love the musical break on 'Falling Man' for instance, and there is a very assertive time sig on 'Sufficient'. The main hypnotic motif of 'Sufficient' is very effective, oddly off kilter and with some well executed vocals with a distinctive Spock's Beard sound. The reverb electric piano works well, and it leads to a very strong instrumental passage, with dark bass and drum crunches, a towering lead break and relentless spacey synth washes. At 4:15 it gets atmospheric with ethereal whispers and reverberating synth. It explodes into a faster tempo and exceptional lead solo over polyrhythmic figures.

The final track is a mammoth epic, 'Twisting the Knife', beginning with an ominous drone and ivory tickling as a guitar chimes. There is the sound of waves crashing and an intoxicating Pink Floyd guitar sound. A guitar and piano riff enters and more processed vox in the same vein as Porcupine Tree's 'Radioactive Toy'. It moves into a faster and irregular time sig, with more Crimson punctuated guitar rhythms. Edrich sings; "You're out of your league, making best of what's left, unexpected chance, far convenient romance, anxious days, endless night, what's meant to be, passes us by." The time sigs switch often as does the vocal style, and more Pink Floyd style verses are heard similar to the melodies in 'Time'. The wah-wah lead break and rhythm in the instrumental is akin to the music on Pink Floyd's "Animals", such as 'Pigs', as is the echo vocal style. With all these influences emerging it is hard to latch onto the band's definitive sound, but it seems to be divided between the melodies of Spock's Beard, the vocals and guitar work of Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, and utilising the polyrhythms of King Crimson. I must admit the peaceful guitar solo at 9 minutes is nice and bluesy creating a gentle atmosphere. It motorvates along for a while until the whole song changes at 14:00 with some nice industrial rhythms and it sounds more like Porcupine Tree at this point. It ends with fret melting lead guitar work featuring a flurry of sustained string bends and fast arpeggios and hammer ons.

There are only 5 songs but some are of considerable length such as the 3 epics 'Adventures in Taxidermy' (12:00), 'Falling Man' (17:32) and 'Twisting the Knife' (18:44). Overall, "Enough Blame to Go Around" is a vast improvement over the debut and is well worth a listen for anyone who is not too discerning and likes their prog served up chilled with melodic flavours and simmering with atmospheric lengthy instrumentals.

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 Enough Blame To Go Around by DISCONNECT album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.01 | 147 ratings

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Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by TomLucas

5 stars I was unaware of Disconnect until I heard a track recently from their new album broadcast at Aural Moon. The track was called 'Inside Job' (an instrumental track) and I enjoyed it enough to go out and download purchase the entire album. I've gotten bored with a lot of well-known prog and have lately been spending more time checking out what the indie bands have to offer. 'Enough Blame To Go Around' is one of the most memorable albums I have heard this year. The band's songwriting style is complex enough to appease just about any prog fan, but also delivers an emotional punch in terms of lyrical style and melody. Their sound is not symphonic or metal-ish, however there are elements of heavy prog and eclectic prog to be found here. Influences of King Crimson and Porcupine Tree are found here but not at all derivative.

The opening track 'Adventures in Taxidermy' is delightfully dark both lyrically and musically and rolls nicely into the aforementioned 'Inside Job' instrumental. This is followed by the truly epic 'Falling Man', an account/observation of 9/11. This is hands down one of the best prog tracks I've heard from any band this year. There are some absolutely astounding musical breaks here, of particular note are the Middle Eastern acoustic sections of the song ? an entire world of sound you rarely hear prog bands venture into. This is followed by 'Sufficient', a seemingly straightforward track of which my appreciate continues to grow over time with its clever usage of odd meter. The album closes with another epic track 'Twisting The Knife', which while not as impactful and impressive as 'Falling Man', it features some great moments as well throughout its 18+ minute lifespan. Within it we are treated to additional influences of Pink Floyd and Steely Dan.

In Disconnect I hear a band that appears to be on the verge of breaking out from their influences and holding their own amongst the cluttered prog landscape. Their arrangements are very tight and while there are some points where additional elevation may have been possible, this does not detract from my appreciation of this album. The vocals are solid throughout, complementing the music well, quite soulful and sincere yet not quite reaching that 'next level'. From an instrumentation perspective, I have great respect for the guitar work ? which shows technical proficiency as well as truly emotive sensibility. The usage of vintage keyboards is a centerpoint to Disconnect's sound and are distributed tastefully throughout each track. The drum performance is simply fantastic ? precise, powerful and appropriate. I plan to check out the band's back catalog and look forward to their future efforst. For me, this album receives 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.

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4.01 | 147 ratings

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Disconnect Crossover Prog

Review by sakerfeldt

5 stars First please pardon my writing as English is not my first language. Disconnect is a passionate progressive American duo who decided to make music their lives (as many groups actually!). The formation of the group dates back to 2009, and since then they have released no less than four albums and one EP. Suffice to say they had a lot of ideas and lots of inspiration. But is this always the case with their new album, "Enough Blame To Go Around"? Indeed it is.

Many influences are felt, especially in the modern progressive, especially from groups like Porcupine Tree, The Flower Kings and Spock's Beard. Thus, the stamp Erich O'Dell, if not perfectly controlled, strongly reminiscent of that of Roine Stolt, leader of the Flower Kings, while we find the same reverb on the voice, and the same vibrato worked on moments loud and quiet. This is not a bad thing, quite the contrary, it gives birth to polyphony sometimes quite bold and very well turned as the "Look Around! 'Of' Adventures in Taxidermy "or the coda of 'Falling Man', which is also by far the best song on the album. I hear lots of vintage keyboards used throughout this album, a very nice touch indeed.

But what is interesting is that here, as in many progressive works behind the form hides its background, thus forming the so far would not qualify as art total involving many aspects including the cover artwork and lyrics. Thus, most of the songs are a theme often quite interesting: 'Adventures in Taxidermy' is based on a true story that occurred in America, namely, a taxidermist who murdered his wife and having disguised the murder in his creations. 'Falling Man' is 17 minutes long and develops a reflection on the differences between Eastern and Western mentalities background commemorating the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, with no real political intentions hear if one pays attention to the lyrics. The theme is wonderfully showcased through collages of journalistic extracts recalling the terror of the attack as well as use of acoustic timbres and percussion referring to oriental/middle eastern sounds. But the two musicians did not abandon their instruments so far, as evidenced by 'Inside Job', and quite heavy instrumental track filled with great riffs. 'Sufficient' is also a good piece dominated by major polyphony catchy and strongly reminiscent of Porcupine Tree.

"Enough Blame To Go Around" is an excellent modern prog album. With 5 pieces (including 3 over 12 minutes), ideas are fused from everywhere and the production quality is excellent. This album is sure to challenge listeners fond of music rich and searched.

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