No Rest for the Wicked (Mentallo & The Fixer album)

No Rest for the Wicked is the debut studio album of Mentallo & The Fixer, released in 1992 by Simbiose Records.[1][2]

No Rest for the Wicked
Mentallo & The Fixer - No Rest for the Wicked.jpg
Studio album by
Released1992 (1992)
Recorded1990 (1990) – 1991 (1991)
Studio6 Mile Slum
(San Antonio, Texas)
GenreElectro-industrial
Length72:41
LabelSimbiose
Mentallo & The Fixer chronology
Wreckage + Ruin + & + Regrets + (Redemption)
(1991)
No Rest for the Wicked
(1992)
Revelations 23
(1993)
Alternative cover
2018 reissue cover
2018 reissue cover

MusicEdit

Mentallo & The Fixer was recognized for performing raw electro-industrial music and had already released the 1991 split album .5 Honkey/Wreckage + Ruin + & + Regrets + (Redemption) with Non-Aggression Pact. 1992's No Rest for the Wicked was the band first major underground release and while the recording was low-budget it introduced their audience to the band's dynamic energy and sense of melody. The recording sessions were completed during 1990 and 1991 but the album's release was stalled for personal reasons by the band, with founding member Gary Dassing discussing the lyrics as being about his sister's placement in an asylum.[3][4][5]

In 1997 the album was re-released on two discs by Metropolis Records and included unfinished and unreleased tracks from the same recording sessions, new mastering by composer Gary Dassing and new artwork and packaging.[6] On March 24, 1998 the set was reissued by Zoth Ommog Records and ostensibly contained identical musical content to the album's Metropolis release.[7] The songs "Telepath" and "Narcotic Calling" were left off the re-issue because they were released on the 1995 album Continuum. In 2018 the album was issued by Alfa Matrix as a music download on the label's Bandcamp.[8]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [9]

Theo Kavadias of AllMusic gave No Rest for the Wicked two out of five stars, criticizing the album for "lacking the refinement of later Mentallo & the Fixer work" but commending the band for having "abstained from the typical verse-chorus structures which still predominate most industrial music, which has meant that the interest is held largely by the dynamic energies of the melodies, and these melodies are packed with a raw energy and harsh evocative power (the first track, "When Worlds Collide," and "Schizoid Embolism" spring to mind), making this release well worth its time."[9] Lollipop Magazine reviewed the remastered two-disc edition by Metropolis and commended the band for updating the album's sound and including additional compositions.[10] In_Faction also reviewed the 1997 re-issue and said "evil, destructive beats wrap around sinister and sometimes gothic keyboards and samples, creating an atmosphere which only could have been inspired by the turmoils within Gary Dassing's mind at work."[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Dwayne Dassing and Gary Dassing.

No.TitleLength
1."When Worlds Collide"8:10
2."Critically Wounded"4:53
3."Disrupture"7:43
4."Telepath"6:01
5."Breeder"8:02
6."Lunatik"4:17
7."Narcotik Calling"7:08
8."Incantions" (Paranormal Mix)6:49
9."Divine Intervention"6:09
10."Schizoid Embolism" (Stress Mix)5:22
11."Bed Time Story" (Angel of Death Mix)2:53
12."Day of Ascention 2206"5:14
2018 digital reissue track listing
No.TitleLength
1."When Worlds Collide"8:11
2."Disrupter"7:47
3."Brutal Rapture"8:31
4."Day of Ascension"5:17
5."Critically Wounded"4:59
6."Lunatik" (Re-mix)7:23
7."Cerebral Statik (Part One)"0:54
8."Schizoid Embolism"5:23
9."Overloaded"4:53
10."Breeder"8:03
11."Worlds Collide"2:48
12."Cerebral Statik (Part Two)"1:24
13."Divine Intervention"6:06
14."Hope"6:29
15."Telepath"3:53
16."Brutal Rapture" (Re-mix)7:03
17."Narcosis"3:15
18."Story (Part One)"1:22
19."Disrupture" (Re-mix)3:01
20."Vision"7:42
21."Retribution"9:02
22."The Radium Bomb Aftermath"7:32
23."Story (Part Two)"2:57
24."Dias Muerto"14:25
25."Lunatik"4:13

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from the No Rest for the Wicked liner notes.[11]

Mentallo & The Fixer

Production and design

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Portugal 1992 Simbiose CD, LP BIO 02
United States 1997 Metropolis CD MET 055
Germany 1998 Zoth Ommog ZOT 215
Belgium 2018 Alfa Matrix DL AM3254DJ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Mentallo & the Fixer > Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  2. ^ D'Halleine, David (November 24, 2011). La Croche Lune. Lulu Press, Inc. p. 323. ISBN 9781470965204. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Litts, Daryl (March 13, 1999). "Mentallo and The Fixer: Centuries". In_Faction. Archived from the original on July 30, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Litts, Daryl (March 13, 1999). "Mentallo & The Fixer". In_Faction. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Christian, Chris (March 19, 1997). "Interview with Gary Dassing of Mentallo & The Fixer". Sonic Boom. 5 (3). Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Mentallo & The Fixer: No Rest for the Wicked". R.E.D. MusicMaster ... Deletions. Retail Entertainment Data Publishing. 2001. ISBN 9781900105217. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Barnhart, Becky (1996). "Schwann Spectrum". Schwann Spectrum. Stereophile, Incorporated. 9 (2): 173. ISBN 9781575980782. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  8. ^ Yücel, Ilker (February 19, 2018). "Alfa Matrix Releases Reissues of Mentallo & The Fixer and Side Projects, Remastered by Gary Dassing". ReGen. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Kavadias, Theo. "Mentallo & the Fixer: No Rest for the Wicked > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Best, Chris (September 1, 1998). "Mentallo and the Fixer – No Rest For the Wicked – Review". Lollipop Magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  11. ^ No Rest for the Wicked (booklet). Mentallo & The Fixer. Caparica, Portugal: Simbiose Records. 1992.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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