Mentallo & the Fixer

Vengeance Is Mine

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Mentallo & the Fixer has seen some changes, with Dwayne Dassing leaving the project, while Gary Dassing continued both as Mentallo & the Fixer and Shimri. Vengeance Is Mine sees Dwayne involved again in the mixing and mastering of Gary's take on the Mentallo & the Fixer sound. Mentallo & the Fixer has always been known for harsh electronica that does not play by the rules, abandoning verse-chorus structures in favor of evolving melodies that follow their own progressions. Vengeance Is Mine continues this tradition, but introduces a darker, dirtier electronic sound, both detailed and cluttered. This clutter conceals gems, and what initially may sound like too much going on actually reveals hidden harmonies, noises, and progressions. This is not an easy listening release. The dirtier sound may remind some listeners of No Rest for the Wicked, without that debut's rawness. Fans of the harsh cleanliness of Revelations 23 may not find much in the rough textures of tracks such as "Palestine," but may find appeal in the tension and release of "The Way of All Flesh" and the contrast of delicate and aggressive in "Shining One." At times, Vengeance Is Mine can sound almost too freeform, and too hard to find what holds some tracks, such as "Like a Carcass Trodden Down," together. Fans who were not pleased with the feel of other Mentallo & the Fixer releases, such as Algorythum and Love Is the Law (these releases sporting a looser style of mix in Dwayne's absence), may find that Dwayne's mixing input has tightened up the sound enough to appeal to them. On the whole, however, Vengeance Is Mine is a strong release, with a special appeal to listeners looking for something more complex than the usual electro-industrial fare.

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