Jon "Desolatehope.com" kHz is a metal/rock band based out of New York. Combining raw power with heavy-hitting riffs, the band managed to gain a decent following with their first release, Reality On A Finer Scale. After a few years they are back with their second album, Disconnected.
Disconnected has been a long time coming and was well worth the wait. kHz has taken elements from their previous release, tossed in some more aggression and mixed things up into a very fresh and original formula. It takes awhile to soak in all this album has to offer. After several listens it's easy to pick up on things not heard the first few times through. The band is always in your face and you will love every minute of it.
The thing that originally drew me to the band was the versatility of Raiana's voice. She can do a very heavy, fast paced track with the best of them, and then the next thing you know you are listening to a very calm, beautiful and slower moving song. She has a sexy, surreal voice with a bit of edge to it. The band (along with Dave Navarro on two tracks) does a stellar job backing her up.
Disconnected is a bit darker then the bands last album. The atmosphere is at times haunting. The flow is extremely consistent from track to track, making it a very easy listen. It reminded me a lot of reading a good book - you keep turning the pages to see what's going to happen next even though you probably should have gone to sleep hours ago. Every song has it's place in the big picture.
Usually it's easy for me to see the bad along with the good, but I can't really think of anything wrong with this album. It's complex, compelling and fresh. The band loves what they are doing and work extraordinarily well together. All their hard work is showcased here for the listener to take in.
Fans of Reality On A Finer Scale will feel right at home with Disconnected. For anyone checking out the band for the first time, the amount of emotion mixed into the melodies will grip you right from the start, rough you up a bit during the ride and leave you begging for more once it's all over. Aggressive, beautiful, atmospheric and at times brutal - Disconnected delivers.
"JC Nonelouder.com" New York natives, kHz are set to release their second album on June 12. However, they released a fan only release of the album on April 7. They were nice enough to send me a copy so that I could do this review. A follow up to their first album, Reality on a Finer Scale, Disconnected has 15 tracks, with a guest appearance from Dave Navarro.
Our first track on the album, Disassemble, starts off with some reversed guitars. Leading in to a joining guitar and subtle drum beat. The pace picks up about 45 seconds into the track, with a slightly more fast pace beat, and guitars. An instrumental track, short, and to the point, not a bad way to start off the album, and lead us into Fake Fool.
Fake Fool, starts off sounding something similar to how a Tool song might sound, except there's a lot more instrumentation and music in the mix. When Raiana's vocals come in, we get a backing bass guitar, and drum beat that are semi-quiet up till about a minute into the song, when the guitar(s) come out full force. There's an interesting synth/effect that plays through the preverse/post chorus, not quite sure what they used for it, so I'll leave it at that. Definately a nice heavier track to start off the album with. Not heavy as in what you'd consider some metal, but definately got metal hints in it. This song definately has a good mix to it, nothing drowns out anything else, it has it's mellow points, as well as it's heavier parts to it as well.
All I Really Want, starts off with some the full musical mix going, and some interesting vocal effects. This one starts off a little slower than Fake Fool did, but still a good mix of instrumentation. Parts of this song kind of remind me of the Kidney Thieves, the vocal style that Raiana uses during part of the song, and the music. But this isn't Kidney Thieves by any means. More so, Kidney Thieves on a rampage. Has an interesting staticish outro that fades out just enough that the next song can kick in and kick your ass.
The Consequence starts off right at the end of the previous track. This song has some twinges of the Tool influences like Fake Fool, but a lot more driving guitar, and a lot better in my opinion. This song and Fake Fool are examples, in my opinion, on how a song should be mixed. You can hear the bass, drums, vocals and guitars, and nothing is drowned out by anything else, no matter how heavy the song gets. Even get some interesting "skipping" effects on Raiana's vocals in the song. That's not to say this song is electronic by any means, just good use of an effect. This song really doesn't slow down through it's entire 3 minutes and 38 seconds, only stopping once it comes to it's "matrix" type ending. I would probably for now, rank this as one of my top picks as favorite song on the album.
Fight It, gets right into the groove of things, but slows down(a little) not too long after the intro. With Raiana's vocals coming in, we get a nice backing pad(faintly but enough to hear it and add some ambience), and some drums with guitar and a little bass. The chorus vocals have a nice blend of layering.
Heavy driven guitars are a mainstay on this album, as that's how we start off Remember When, but this is our second slower song on the album. With Raiana's vocals reverbing/delaying/echoing "Remember when I gave you love I gave so much just not enough". The verse of the song has a slow melodic drum beat, with guitars to match. This might not click with those looking for the heavier side of life, however, this almost ballad is a nice bit of distortion in it, and a nice mellow track to the album. Sue me, so I'm a sucker for heart felt songs sometimes. Besides, one of the main purpose of songwriters is to convey emotion. This song does just that, and quite well. Slower song on the album, yes, but also one of my favourite songs on the album.
Detach starts off with a synth pad(I am guessing) that leads into a heavily effect guitar or another synth. This leads into a guitar over a backing almost choral pad. Reminiscent almost of a Reznorish instrumental. This song slowly(very slowly) swells and descends, falling out quietly, and into The Silence.
Starting off almost like Detach, The Silence starts off with a synth bass or heavily effected guitar, joined by a drum beat, and less that 20 seconds in, the main brunt of the song kicks in. This song is definately a good mix of some synth rock, alt. rock, with some twinges of metal. The mix, like the rest of the album thus far, is done quite well, and you can hear everything that's involved.
Our next track, Save Your Soul, starts off like it was meant to kick your ass from the get go. Fast paced guitars, over a driving drumbeat. More "skipping" vocals from Raiana. This song sounds almost like Manson back in his hey day. But unlike Manson, this song rocks a lot more. And unlike Manson, this song is more varied than most(not all) of his songs. As with the previous two, this would rank up on my top picks off this album. Unfortunately, as quickly as it began, it ends, as outside the instrumental tracks, it's one of the shortest songs on the track. But for that less than 3 minutes, it kicks your ass from beginning to end.
What If I started this next track by using the song title in some fashion other than just saying the name of the song? Anyway, What If I starts off with some driving guitars and a nice drum beat till about 16 seconds in to the song. Then we get a slow drum beat, with a backing bass and guitar. The guitars pick back back up for the chorus of the song, but keeps it's slower pace. It's mixed well, and the music's great, With a delayed guitar echoing out, thus ends What If I.
The Feeding, hits you from the get go with a driving guitar riff, and some heavy pounding drums. Unlike some other songs that have started off this way on the album, this one doesn't go into a mellower guitar riff right off the bat. This song keeps it's faster pace for most the song, only slowing down slightly during certain parts of the song. Another song that has some Tool and Kidney Thieves sounds to it. Overall the song is mixed well and the music is good.
Part I of All For Nothing starts off with a nice steady swelling guitar, joined by a guitar. More of a Toolesque feel to the beginning of this song. This song seems to have an almost mellower heavy feel to it, if there's such a thing hah. With the distorted guitars, but slower pace of the song, it's semimelodic for part of it. About 2:30 into the song, we get a nice little reversed guitar(I'm guessing) thrown into the mix, that helps lead into the solo of the song. Short and sweet, This song, ends with the guitar leading us out.
Part II of All For Nothing starts with an almost military drum beat playing in the background, with a bass, and Raiana almost whispering "All for nothing". A string pad slowly joins the fray of music, but for the most part the music in this song is kept kind of quiet. There's some interesting guitars that start playing through the background as well. Those are taken out by what sounds like a tape stopping effect. All this slowly goes out, and we are kicked at about 1:18 with the main backing music of AFN Part I, with an added solo to it. Definately an interesting accompaniment to the first part of these two tracks. The solo ends, and we're back to a bass, with the strings and Raiana's vocal whispers. This fades out, and leads us to our next song.
I Got It Now starts off with with an interesting guitar riff played over a bass, with a hi-hat beat. This song picks up pace a little about 40 seconds into the song. The chorus of the song is quite heavy for the song, where as the verse is almost the yang to the yin. Not exactly quiet, just not loud. I like aspects of this song, the chorus to verse and vice versa transitions, and the majority of the music.
Who puts the title track to an album as the last track? kHz does for one. Disconnected starts off with an alternating note guitar riff, with a backing bass and drum beat. This slowly builds, with some backing effects in the fray at some point(sorry I missed where they came in), as well as some keyboards. A synth joins in at about a minute into the song. And then all goes quiet for some piano and strings and the spoken word of Benjamin Oliver. This song definately has a nice interesting industrial and electronic feel to it. The nailsish feel of this song is interesting. The piano in this song is quite enjoyable as well. This song would have to fit in with my picks of the album. With a subtle fade out, the album ends.
The album on a whole? I liked it, the album itself was quite enjoyable to listen to.
Is it metal? Yes and no, I guess that all depends on what song you're listening to and what part. Most the songs on the album have a nice heavy feel for at least parts of the song, but then you have songs that have a nice melodic part to them as well. So, I guess if you really want to know, you can listen to the album and decide for yourself, as I can only give my take on it.