1. Plus One (03:39) 2. R.U.S.M.T.S.I.M. (00:19) 3. Supervision (04:38) 4. Nine9Nine (04:52) 5. Grit Your Teeth (03:29) 6. Keep Falling Down (04:41) 7. Dual Peepholes (04:04) 8. If This is It, It isn't It, is It? (00:45) 9. Idiosyncrated (03:31) 10. The Love I Hate (04:19) 10. Pain of Existence (02:36) 10. Mindshaver (03:34) 10. I.M.S.M.T.S.U.R. / Hidden track (07:13)
'Voïvodian intractability with the sharp-edginess of Prong results in the typical Alps metal tradition of Disharmonic Orchestra. Er, Alp metal tradition? What the…?! Well, if you put Coroner, Messiah and the later works of Celtic Frost and Pungent Stench under one tag, it could be labelled as Disharmonic Orchestra. They’re all death metal bands that are too weird and obstinate to be called death metal. The band gained most attention in the death metal scene in the nineties, but if you take a look at the band picture in the booklet (intellectual glasses, artistically goatee, inconspicuous non-metal clothes) they look more like a prog band as Porcupine Tree. The music is also not your stereotypical death metal, but for a extensive analysis of the album you can check our original review. I had some troubles to get into their tacky thrash metal (it ain’t no death metal no more, let alone grind), but eventually I appreciated their ambition to be different.
Remarkably enough I fell immediately for their sound today. These days I have less problems getting in their sound, I even recognize a lot of tunes which I haven’t heard for at least six, seven years. The album doesn’t reach revolutionary heights, but the eccentric interpretation of the sometimes extremely grooving, yet sometimes also pretty obstinate thrash metal is mostly fascinating and sometimes even excelling. This album was released in 2002, and in those days already considered as a comeback album, since it was their first album since ‘Pleasuredome’ of 1994. Still Polish reissue maniacs Metal Mind preferred re-releasing ‘Ahead’ instead of ‘Pleasuredome’. Since Metal Mind also gave ’Not To Be Undimensional Conscious’ (1992) a second life last year, I think it’s matter of time when Metal Mind will burn their fingers on putting 2,000 gold (leaf) discs of ‘Pleasuredome’, and even Disharmonic’s debut album ‘Expositionsprophylaxe’ (1990). If possible, add some bonus tracks, will ya? Because there ain’t any on ‘Ahead’, except for the hidden track, which Metal Mind kept on the disc. It’s a hilarious estranging country-schlager named ‘Sunday Night’, which is sung (and yodelled!) by one Hans Messner in the early sixties and happened to be… the father of Martin, Disharmonic’s drummer.'