Disco Ensemble - The Island of Disco Ensemble
Record Label: Fullsteam Records
Released: May, 26th 2010
The Finnish quartet “Disco Ensemble” have a very modern band name. It screams of noise and pretention. They came up with an equally modern fourth album name to match it. The Island of Disco Ensemble. What sort of imagery does this sentence bring up in one’s mind? Trance enhanced trees accompanied by flashing lights, drunken hardcore partying, topless islanders or maybe even an epic place to escape to. Well have your red cups ready because this is the post hardcore party album ya’ll have been waiting for, with the odd slow burner to give you enough time to refill those cups all thrown in for measure.
Album opener “Bay of Biscay” can be viewed as a microcosm for the album to come with the rousing synth work arriving at the speed of light. If you enjoy a good jogging song for your ipod, then this needs to get into your aptly titled “Jogging Play List”. The song tackles topics such as tiger sharks, waves, and giant squids. GIANT SQUIDS. The Island of Disco Ensemble is a dangerous place to visit it seems as we arrive at the vocally screaming island bay. “Pitch Black Cloud” is another tune that is propelled by speed into your mind for days to come as it is catchy beyond comprehension. The guitar work is generic but with the pace being this manic you won’t have too much time to dwell on possible instrumental improvements. This album is easily more about fun than it is about artistic integrity and you should know this from the offset.
Finland generally has been viewed as the country where metal likes to blow up a storm, and Disco Ensemble know this all too well, that is why their brand of big guitar hooks led by Miikka Koivisto’s passionate vocal delivery is so enjoyable. The band are not just one trick ponies either as on tracks like “Get Some Sleep” and “Protector” the mood is brought down to a slower pace. You can grab your lady and do the odd slow dance if you like. Disco Ensemble just want to spread the love, the joy or even that universal drunken party dance while they are still young. The second half of the album lags a bit with the songs losing some of that energy on failed efforts at changing an essentially similar sound. This is evident on tracks “Semi Eternal Flame/Undo” and the somewhat boring closer “Samantha”.
Ground breaking this album is not. Pleasant it damn well is. The Finnish outfit have a ten track offering of energetic, and somewhat generic, post hardcore that deserves to be given a chance. Give it a chance, man.