There's always room for something different to close out the year. This Serbian project has been releasing albums for just about three years at this point in various styles, what wouldn't be intriguing about that. This was my first encounter with this project and I was intrigued to say the least upon just looking it up.
Coming into this with the idea that the project supersedes any single genre, I wasn't sure what to expect from this three song EP. Once Consequences began plodding along, you can be sure that this is an interesting idea that project figurehead Dražen Đorđević has come up with. The mixture of shoegazing textures with heavy and plodding guitars is an idea that at times calls back to artists like Jesu and The Angelic Process. While the material on here isn't quite as sonically complex as those groups, this project has a rawer and more visceral noise aspect to it that adds a layer of more rage and anger, as opposed to sorrow and melancholy. Personally, I found the more atmospheric and shoegaze sound on closer Barren Fields to stick out among the three tracks the most with a much clearer sense of identity, if that makes sense. I think that this element really is the project's strongest trait.
It's a decent release that demonstrates some interesting ideas, but doesn't really create a definitive sound on here. Each track does showcase a direction of where the sound could be taken in the future, but nothing is concrete on here. Check it out if dronegaze sounds appealing to you.

Overall Score: 6.5
Highlights: Barren Fields

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There's always room for something different to close out the year. This Serbian project has been releasing albums for just about three years at this point in various styles, what wouldn't be intriguing about that. This was my first encounter with this project and I was intrigued to say the least upon just looking it up.
Coming into this with the idea that the project supersedes any single genre, I wasn't sure what to expect from this three song EP. Once Consequences began plodding along, you can be sure that this is an interesting idea that project figurehead Dražen Đorđević has come up with. The mixture of shoegazing textures with heavy and plodding guitars is an idea that at times calls back to artists like Jesu and The Angelic Process. While the material on here isn't quite as sonically complex as those groups, this project has a rawer and more visceral noise aspect to it that adds a layer of more rage and anger, as opposed to sorrow and melancholy. Personally, I found the more atmospheric and shoegaze sound on closer Barren Fields to stick out among the three tracks the most with a much clearer sense of identity, if that makes sense. I think that this element really is the project's strongest trait.
It's a decent release that demonstrates some interesting ideas, but doesn't really create a definitive sound on here. Each track does showcase a direction of where the sound could be taken in the future, but nothing is concrete on here. Check it out if dronegaze sounds appealing to you.
Overall Score: 6.5
Highlights: Barren Fields
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Online web zine terapija.net reviewed latest Dichotomy Engine release and gave it an awesome 9 out of 10! Its written on croatian but you can use some translator tool to translate and read it.

here is the link:

http://www.terapija.net/mjuzik.asp?ID=12300
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Dichotomy Engine je ime solo/side projekta Dražena Đorđevića iz Srbije. Ono što je počelo kao hobi, pretvorilo se u jedan vrlo plodni opus od osam samostalnih izdanja. Te učešća na brojnim kompilacijama Dark Scene (sadašnji Crime Scene) Recordsa i drugih inozemnih izdavačkih kuća. Stil glazbe spada u sferu dark/ambiental/drone/noise electro sounda. Novi EP po imenu "Mass Desolation" je objavljen u srpnju ove godine i sadrži tri pjesme.

U ovom novom EP-u je primjetan jedan pozitivni pomak u zvuku. U kojem je sada, za razliku od prijašnjih elektronskih gitarskih efekata, zastupljena prava električna gitara. Te je sada za perkusivne elemente, to jest ritmove bubnjeva, izravno odgovorna ritam mašina. Taj proces izmjene stila je zasigurno i rezultat iskustva stečenog prilikom rijetkih live nastupa Dichotomy Engina. I sada je to jedno originalno ukrštavanje elektronike i live shoegazinga. A ujedno i razlog zašto je ovaj novi EP vrijedan veće pažnje. Jer nisu to su više sterilini elektronski zvukovi, koji daju osjećaj da su nastali u kasnim satima na kućnom PC-u kao ubijanje vremena. A to je zamka u koju mnogi upadaju od kako je za stvaranje "glazbe" dovoljan samo kompjuter, dobar program i nešto tehničkog znanja. Ne. Ove tri pjesme, ili bolje rečeno, instrumentala imaju svoj prepoznatljiv identitet i određenu umjetničku vrijednost. Što je svakako vrijedno pohvale. Prva kompozicija "Consequences" je ujedno i najmračnija cijelog EP-a. Tijekom njenog trajanja prožima je jedan kaotično-psihodelični osnovni elektronski zvuk. Preko kojeg se valjaju moćne distozije gitare. I daju osjećaj da se ispod zvučne površine, negdje u dubini, krije nešto užasno i prijeteće. Taj mračni i obskurni ambijent upotunjuju spori ali jaki udarci minimalističkih bubnjeva. Tvoreći na taj način jednu iznenađujuće impresivnu atmosferičnost. A atmosferičnost je i glavna i najjača komponenta ovog EP-a. Savršen dokaz za to je sljedeća "Skyline Burns". Osnovnu strukturu kompozicije čini jedna jako harmonična, mistična melodija synthesizera i izdužena epska gitarska solaža. Općenito, kompozicija prolazi tijekom svojih šest minuta trajanja kroz različite varijacije; od uvodnog "harmoniziranja" i "transcendentiranja" melodije, preko jako distorzirane i masive drone gitare u njenom glavnom dijelu, pa sve do završnog psihodeličnog prizemljenja i spuštanja natrag u ove naše niske altitude. Neupitno je da glazba Dichotomy Engina ima karakteristike soundtracka iz nekog (ili nekih) misterioznih filmova. I prilikom pažljivog slušanja, ispred duhovnog oka, poput isječenih "framova", prolaze njihove kratke vizualne sekvence. U ovom slučaju (barem za mene) to je film "Skyline". I, ne obazirući se na njegovu redateljsku kvalitetu, njegove predivne snimke panorame gorućeg neba i nebodera. Ništa manje slikovita i atmosferična je i zadnja kompozicija EP-a "Barren Fields". I ustvari djeluje kao ritmični nastavak predhodne "Skyline Burns". Ritmovi bubnjeva su brži. Dok ambijentalna, prostrana "spacey" gitara prelijeće antemičnu glavnu synth melodiju. Odlična metamorfoza iz neisprofiliranog "elektronizma" do istinske dark ambiental electro glazbe.

Šteta što sve ovo traje vrlo kratko. Nepunih petnaest minuta. Ne smijem ni pomisliti kako bi ovaj glazbeni koncept zvučao u jednom klasičnom dugosvirajućem albumu. I iskreno se nadam da će Dichotomy Engine nastaviti dalje u ovom pravcu.
ocjena albuma [1-10]: 9
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Dichotomy Engine je ime solo/side projekta Dražena Đorđevića iz Srbije. Ono što je počelo kao hobi, pretvorilo se u jedan vrlo plodni opus od osam samostalnih izdanja. Te učešća na brojnim kompilacijama Dark Scene (sadašnji Crime Scene) Recordsa i drugih inozemnih izdavačkih kuća. Stil glazbe spada u sferu dark/ambiental/drone/noise electro sounda. Novi EP po imenu "Mass Desolation" je objavljen u srpnju ove godine i sadrži tri pjesme.

U ovom novom EP-u je primjetan jedan pozitivni pomak u zvuku. U kojem je sada, za razliku od prijašnjih elektronskih gitarskih efekata, zastupljena prava električna gitara. Te je sada za perkusivne elemente, to jest ritmove bubnjeva, izravno odgovorna ritam mašina. Taj proces izmjene stila je zasigurno i rezultat iskustva stečenog prilikom rijetkih live nastupa Dichotomy Engina. I sada je to jedno originalno ukrštavanje elektronike i live shoegazinga. A ujedno i razlog zašto je ovaj novi EP vrijedan veće pažnje. Jer nisu to su više sterilini elektronski zvukovi, koji daju osjećaj da su nastali u kasnim satima na kućnom PC-u kao ubijanje vremena. A to je zamka u koju mnogi upadaju od kako je za stvaranje "glazbe" dovoljan samo kompjuter, dobar program i nešto tehničkog znanja. Ne. Ove tri pjesme, ili bolje rečeno, instrumentala imaju svoj prepoznatljiv identitet i određenu umjetničku vrijednost. Što je svakako vrijedno pohvale. Prva kompozicija "Consequences" je ujedno i najmračnija cijelog EP-a. Tijekom njenog trajanja prožima je jedan kaotično-psihodelični osnovni elektronski zvuk. Preko kojeg se valjaju moćne distozije gitare. I daju osjećaj da se ispod zvučne površine, negdje u dubini, krije nešto užasno i prijeteće. Taj mračni i obskurni ambijent upotunjuju spori ali jaki udarci minimalističkih bubnjeva. Tvoreći na taj način jednu iznenađujuće impresivnu atmosferičnost. A atmosferičnost je i glavna i najjača komponenta ovog EP-a. Savršen dokaz za to je sljedeća "Skyline Burns". Osnovnu strukturu kompozicije čini jedna jako harmonična, mistična melodija synthesizera i izdužena epska gitarska solaža. Općenito, kompozicija prolazi tijekom svojih šest minuta trajanja kroz različite varijacije; od uvodnog "harmoniziranja" i "transcendentiranja" melodije, preko jako distorzirane i masive drone gitare u njenom glavnom dijelu, pa sve do završnog psihodeličnog prizemljenja i spuštanja natrag u ove naše niske altitude. Neupitno je da glazba Dichotomy Engina ima karakteristike soundtracka iz nekog (ili nekih) misterioznih filmova. I prilikom pažljivog slušanja, ispred duhovnog oka, poput isječenih "framova", prolaze njihove kratke vizualne sekvence. U ovom slučaju (barem za mene) to je film "Skyline". I, ne obazirući se na njegovu redateljsku kvalitetu, njegove predivne snimke panorame gorućeg neba i nebodera. Ništa manje slikovita i atmosferična je i zadnja kompozicija EP-a "Barren Fields". I ustvari djeluje kao ritmični nastavak predhodne "Skyline Burns". Ritmovi bubnjeva su brži. Dok ambijentalna, prostrana "spacey" gitara prelijeće antemičnu glavnu synth melodiju. Odlična metamorfoza iz neisprofiliranog "elektronizma" do istinske dark ambiental electro glazbe.

Šteta što sve ovo traje vrlo kratko. Nepunih petnaest minuta. Ne smijem ni pomisliti kako bi ovaj glazbeni koncept zvučao u jednom klasičnom dugosvirajućem albumu. I iskreno se nadam da će Dichotomy Engine nastaviti dalje u ovom pravcu.

ocjena albuma [1-10]: 9

terapija.net / z. marković // 14/10/2011
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Check out interview for SOB netzine! Drazen talks about his inspiration, musical influences, equipment and lot of other interesting stuff.

Dichotomy Engine is side/solo project of Drazen Djordjevic from Serbia. Influenced by the sound of many noise underground, electro bands and musicians like Wumpscut, Vangelis, J.M. Jarre, Raison d’être and similiar Drazen starts to experiment with this electro sound at the end of year 2007.


How are you doing and what’s been up lately?
Hi there, I’m doing fine, life is going in its daily routine. Last few days I had a lot of different stuff giving final touches to my new Mass Desolation EP.

What was the main reason for you to get involved into industrial/noise scene ?
To be honest it was the freedom in creation. Freedom to escape from the envelope.

Who’s your biggest music influence ?
That’s a tough one for me because I listen to wide range of music genres. I tried to think about one person or band and I can’t find any.

Where do you get inspiration from ?
Inspiration is interesting thing, it comes to me in different forms. Sometimes as a reaction to experience I felt from some other art. Other times as my own emotion.

What do you think about live performances and how often do you like to perform ?
I love live performances. Its the best way to get in touch with audience and share your creation with them. To seize the moment and give them unique experience.
Unfortunately Dichotomy Engine havent had much live gigs. Mainly because I haven’t planned for it to become live band at the start. But as time passed by I gave it a shot and it was great! I hope that number of live shows will increase.

Could you tell us what kind of equipment do you use ?
Well I don’t use much of it. Its mainly software based stuff, some electronics and some guitar effects. But until this last EP guitar was just used for live performances. Now you can hear it on the new stuff also. Oh yes I got nice drum machine last month. IT will be nice to use it in new music.

How many albums do you have so far and how your fans can get to them ?

If you count this newest release then its eight releases so far (EPs, splits, albums). Everyone who is interested to hear and get all my music can do it over Dichotomy Engine’s bandcamp page. Here – http://dichotomyengine.bandcamp.com/

What’s your opinion on the underground scene today, does it even exists and
do you see some originality in bands of today ?
Underground scene exists for sure. There are a lot of bands which do some interesing stuff and make even better music. There is always some new band that surprises me and lures to listen to their music. I love to dig around internet and find new unknown bands.
Originality ? Maybe. But I am not the man to answer that question.

Do you have favorite band or project ? What do you like to listen the most ?
There is no particular band or project which I will name right now. I like to explore new genres and bands. Somehow I cannot listen to same music all the time. There is always different music in my player to keep me sane. Always different favorite band or artist.

Thank you so much for the interview !
Do you have anything to add for the end to the readers of SOB magazine ?
Thank you man, it was a pleasure. Yes I have, go to Dichotomy Engine bandcamp page and check out new and old music!


Check it out on this link - http://www.sob.cyberfarts.nl/dichotomy_engine_interview/



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Today I've put out new EP called Mass Desolation. It takes Dichotomy Engine to a completely new fields of sound. A lot of influences made this release as it is now. You can hear drone, noise, shoegaze stuff. Well it will be the best to check it out !

http://dichotomyengine.bandcamp.com/album/mass-desolation-ep
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This is the last video for a song "Spine" from Dichotomy Engine's album "Transcend". It's not the usual video stuff but I like this kind of psychedelic videos, so I made it in that manner. Just another way to promote Dichotomy Engine music until new album comes along.


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