Dismantled is the product of an experiment that began in late 2000 by Gary Zon, who modeled his sound after that of Front Line Assembly. After overwhelming positive feedback from online listeners, Gary began further sonic construction by drawing from other influences, as well as adding vocals into the mix. The resulting sound was a very melodic and complex mix of layered electro-industrial, merged with trance elements. This dark, brooding, futuristic ensemble continues to receive positive feedback from fans around the world.
The self-titled debut from Dismantled was released in 2002 on Metropolis Records in North America and Dependent Records in Europe. One of the songs, "Survivor" landed a place on the Dystopian Visions Resist the Command 2 compilation. Dismantled also won a remix contest for Wumpscut's "Wreath of Barbs." Gary then added two new supporting members to the live line-up; Shawn Kilmer on keyboards and Matt Kurczodyna on bass. Several media publications subsequently named Dismantled the electronic newcomer of the year for 2002.
The 2004 sophomore release from Dismantled, PostNuclear sets a new standard for aggro-electro. Not only are there aggressive and edgy songs, but there are also tracks with a softer side that help to offset the release. Atmospheric layers are drenched in crunchy synth patches, distorted beats, growling vocals, clean melodies and cleverly hidden samples. In the assembling of PostNuclear, Gary relied heavily on his PreSonus VXP.
He said, "When I was done with my debut album, I realized that for my next album, PostNuclear, I wanted a clearer, more refined vocal sound. I was looking for preamps online and ran across the PreSonus VXP. There were so many rave reviews about the device that I just had to try it out for myself – and I wasn't disappointed. The kind of clarity that preamp provided and the options I had tweaking the vocals went a long way in defining the album's mood and tone. I couldn't imagine doing it without the PreSonus VXP. Nowadays, when anyone I know is looking for a preamp, I only recommend PreSonus!"
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