Mental Discipline – Constellation (review @ Brutal Resonance)
Russian Mental Discipline opened my eyes wide with his digital release ‘Fallen Stars CDM’ that was released back in 2011. Later, a physic CD release was made by Synthematik that actually had the Brutal Resonance brand printed on the back cover art. But that’s another story.
Since then, Mental Discipline has left Synthematika and releases this digital only on skyQode, a label that only has this release in its catalog, I’m curious of what more artists they are going to sign in the future.
What you need to understand about Mental Discipline is that he only do the music. He’s a great talent for making amazing Futurepop dancefloor melodies, beats and lyrics. However, he has the self-knowledge to know that he probably can’t sing, so what do he do? He brings in talented vocalist to do the job for him, and the result is amazing.
A lot of talented and known artists are featured on this album. Felix Marc returns with his “Fall to Pieces”, which is one of the better tracks of this album. Moldavian Alpha Point is featured on “Shine On Me”, Italian Pulcher Femina with “Over Horizon”, German Endanger with their “So Many Times”, Norweigan Spektralized with “WDYWFM” (What Do You Want For Me – for those who are curious) and Spanish Culture Kültur with “Disguise” where the chorus reminds me so much of a VNV Nation tune, but I can’t seem to figure out which one.
And to be honest, the tracks above also ends up being my favorite tracks as well. However, you must not forget the track “God & Devil” featuring the singer from the Russian electrorock artist Cold in May. He’s rock voice actually works perfectly together with the harder Futurepop sound and this is very much worth your attention.
The low points of the album is dAVOS’ “Different Line” where both the music and the vocals seems somewhat flat. The last track “Pray For Me” featuring !Distain is a ballad that just does not start up any emotions in your heart engine.
Due to the fact that there’s a different singer on each and every track, the album suffers a bit from the “Compilation feeling”, however, Mental Discipline execute this so very well that it’s one of the better albums of 2012.