A Dissembly

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The 1982 debut full-length from British industrial group Konstruktivists (then known as Konstruktivist) is a rough, unsettling album of post-punk experimentation in the same realm as early works by Cabaret Voltaire and SPK. Group founder Glenn Michael Wallis (who was also a contact agent for Throbbing Gristle as well as a member of Whitehouse) plays electronics and percussion, and occasionally his demonic vocals bubble up through the noise. Dave Rouse contributes piercing guitar feedback, and Adrian Grover and Dave Kenny provide tape loops and other sounds. The sound quality is very lo-fi and swamp-like, and the album often feels like being trapped in a thick, poisonous fog. Drum machine beats do surface, but this music is way too detached to even entertain the notion of being danceable. Tracks like "Karnal" and "Physikal Jerk" bury some sexually charged moaning under their reverb-covered pounding. The tracks that don't feature beats seem to melt and deform as if they've been doused in corrosive acids. Some of it seems closer to the early, darker Cluster albums than anything Industrial Records ever released. It's not ideal for listeners with weak stomachs, or anyone easily prone to nightmares, but A Dissembly is a worthy listen for anyone interested in the early, less commercial history of industrial music.

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