Disharmony - Goddamn the SunA great wise man once said, “You have your whole life to craft your debut album for the masses.” It’s true, though. The time taken to craft an impressive debut is, quite literally, limitless. While some bands gloriously fly against this logic, many of them take extra care to make sure their debut shines brighter than a million incandescent suns. Some bands take a few months after inception to write, while others, like Greece’s Disharmony, took a while. And by “a while,” I mean 26 years. Yes, after a handful of demos back in the early 90s, Disharmony disbanded in 1995 but were resurrected by mainman Damien King III in 2014. And now, their long-long-awaited debut, Goddamn the Sun, is in my grubby little mitts.

After a short atmospheric build-up in the intro track1, “The Gates of Elthon” gallops slowly with an intro riff that reminds me of D.R.I.‘s “Acid Rain” before launching into a pace akin to early Rotting Christ or Varathron. In fact, Goddamn the Sun would have fit right in with both of those bands’ early works. Guitarist Deathstalker fills the second half of the song with solos ranging from “meh” to “okay, that one’s not so bad,” and drummer Grim Reaper litters the song with blasts and impressive fills, recalling Themis Tolis’ (Rotting Christ) skilled battery and cymbal flourishes. King’s raspy vocals are a hit-or-miss affair, but at least Goddamn the Sun starts off on the right foot.

That right foot ends up tripping on itself as the album progresses, however. “Rape the Sun,” the “ballad” of the album, aims for a grandiose atmosphere but becomes hampered by the sloth-like tempo and hokey lyrics like “Endless seas of burning flesh and blood… Blooooood… BLOOOOOOOOOOOD!” Elsewhere, “War in Heaven” sounds like a bad gothic metal song, but with a raspy-throated Greek dude instead of some woman in a corset. Rest assured, though, there’s a backwards-sampled female vocal in the chorus. But the worst of the bunch belongs to “Summon the Legions.” The frantic pace and savage riffing are offset by a painfully basic guitar “melody” and the worst chorus I’ve heard in a black metal song yet. No lie: “SUH-MAH-NAH-SUH-MAH-NAH-SUH-MAH-NAH-SUH-MAH-NAH…” Wash, rinse, cry, repeat.

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And it’s a shame. Because some songs, like “Elochim,” feature some incredible performances and energy, especially on the drums. Grim Reaper pulls off some borderline Absu-level drum pyrotechnics here, and on portions of the album. But he can only elevate mediocre material so much. The production also serves no favors. King’s voice sits on top of the music instead of blending in. Their Facebook page lists a bassist (Echetleos of Kawir), but I’ll be damned if I could find him anywhere in the mix. And speaking of mixes, besides King’s voice, the keyboards are cranked to levels of annoyance. While Deathstalker lacks in the melody department, his riffing can be quite tight and impressive (hello, “Elochim” and “Summon the Legions”), and I would enjoy hearing that more than a keyboard playing a single note for several bars.

I get that Disharmony had an incredibly long layoff from music, having resurrected after 19 years of inactivity. But while Goddamn the Sun could be seen as a throwback to early Greek metal, I could just listen to Triarchy of the Lost Lovers or His Majesty at the Swamp for that particular fix. I sense the charm and the atmosphere presented here, but they’re not nearly enough to pull me back.


Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 9 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Websites: disharmony108.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/disharmony666
Releases Worldwide: March 3rd, 2017

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  1. Which begins with literally 15 seconds of dead air. Why?
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  • herrschobel

    yeah goddamn the sun that old Bitch…i hope spring and Summer will be over quick so it gets dark and cold again ! fuck the sun

  • Zach Ward

    26 years to make the best album you could, and it turns out like shit. How sad

    • herrschobel

      they shouldn´t have raped the sun ! not only burnt their dicks but also the little Talent that was left.

      • sir_c

        well, they stuck it where the sun didn’t shine

  • Handy Donut Hole

    Those vocals are anything but gripping. I prefer a sense of urgency when indulging in this type of metal.

  • antitayyip

    nothing impressive here…

  • ssorg

    What I want to know is what did Skeletonface do to be so rudely shunned by his/her fellow demons?

    • Innit Bartender

      My best guess: there is some Miltonian stuff going on between them…

    • sir_c

      consuming too much beer and burritos in a confined space with his fellows

    • ssorg

      “Go clean your room young man!”
      “You’re not my real dad!!”

      • ssorg

        I’ll get me coat…

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      He farted a real smelly fart.

  • contenderizer

    Weirdly enough, I am pretty okay with the sun.

    • Grymm

      I am too, believe it or not. I certainly wouldn’t goddamn (or just plain-ol’ damn) or even conceive of wanting to rape it.

      • [not a Dr]

        What if the sun is consentant?

        • Grymm

          …that’s so hot.

          *RIMSHOT, GROANING, CRICKETS*

    • Wilhelm

      you damn hippie

  • Reese Burns

    I feel like this rating is too generous, I felt that as apathetic as I was towards the music, I couldn’t match the sheer levels of “we don’t give a shit” on display from the band.

    • Grymm

      There is a bit of old-school charm in some of the other songs, which barely elevated it to “disappointing” instead of just plain “bad”.

      • [not a Dr]

        Old-school charm… maybe because this was composed 26 years ago?

        • Grymm

          Pretty much, yeah.

  • IBlackened

    Goddamn this band. Those riffs are so average.

  • Salz

    It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever heard, but it just sounded flat all around. It makes me want to listen to other stuff like this… but just not this.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I gotta say the album art is fantastic.
    Disappointing that the music isn’t as striking. Seems like your having a tough run Grymm!

    • Grymm

      I have an unexpected 4.0 in the wings, followed by an album that is so not anywhere near that.

  • IBlackened

    I have to say I like your reviews Grymm. I think you go straight to the point.

  • Tyr

    I hope they’re supplementing with vitamin d3.

    • [not a Dr]

      Like vampires: they can’t metabolize it themselves, so they get it from human blood.

  • [not a Dr]

    This answers the question: what if Therion ditched the choirs and the orchestral arrangements, but left only the simple riffs that are used to support those arrangements? Perhaps that is what they meant by Disharmony. This is not that bad, but I keep expecting violins, horns, and a bunch of singers to join in at any moment.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      This sounds like a pre-production Therion demo.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I was going to complain about how lame the torches/sunglasses combo looks, then I looked closer and realized it’s corpsepaint done with just the black paint.
    Regarding said kind of corpsepaint (black paint only) I asked if there was a particular name for it right here on AMG’s comment section and the best answer I got was: “budget”.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Goddamn The Sun? I don’t know Greek but I suspect something got lost in translation, because that sounds like quite the ESL title. Enjoy of Deep sun tan? No, me got sunburn, goddamn the sun!

    • basenjibrian

      No. It sounds like a Swans lyric!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    This actually sounds like 26 years later they released those demos from the early 90s as their debut album.

  • Tofu muncher

    I am bored.

  • zerospacer

    If only they would have done a black metal version of That Lucky Old Sun I could set next to my Cash and Brian Wilson versions.