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Level

by Disasterpeace

An instrumental, 8-bit electronic concept album dwelling within the realm of progressive rock.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Disasterpeace\'s second full-length release \"Level\" is the narrative of an uphill battle, increasingly difficult and complex as it progresses, told through the sounds of the 8-bit electronic medium.

Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland) is an American musician and composer originally from the Staten Island section of New York City. He draws heavily from the influences of his favorite musicians and composers, the audio aesthetic of retro video game soundchips, and his studies to create instrumental music that varies in scope, structure, tonality, meter, timbre and theme.

Rich currently studies Music Synthesis at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


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Pete Obregon

DisasterPEACE?!? More like MASTER-PIECE!
First off this album is diffrent from their last "official" release, Atebite and the Warring Nations. There are very subtle diffrences. First off- overall and in general, it's not as heavy, nor is it exactly as fast or dramatic/epic... but this album more than compensates with the music unrestrained by a movie-esque score concept... each track/piece is a masterfully written, there's lots of variety in rhythms and harmonies between songs, and each track can stand on their own, unlike Atebite's- which were somewhat dependant on each other for the sake of the album's concept. This is a wonderful contribution DisasterPEACE has made to my CD collection and to the world of music. Thank you's to Mr. Vreeland. Also I've noticed no one mentioned the packaging, the CD came in terrific shape, and it has some pretty decent album art. Nothing fancy, it looks nice in my collection.

Steve at CD Baby

A TASTY BITE OF CHIPTUNE!
Very seldom am I inspired to write reviews for music I've heard through CD Baby, but upon the arrival of Disasterpeace's new album LEVEL, I could not restrain myself. Simply put; it's a truly amazing listen. One might call LEVEL a more soaring and expansive release than Disasterpeace's previous release, ATEBITE AND THE WARRING NATIONS, which is not to say one is better than the other. In fact, I've often asked myself while listening to either album if 8 bit has ever sounded better.

Some have cited Mr. Vreeland/Disasterpeace as being something of a modern Beethoven, but perhaps more contemporary comparisons could be drawn to modern game composers like Kenji Yamamto (Metroid) or Hirozaku Tanaka (Kid Icarus), which in my opinion are masters of their craft, and legends in their own right. Let's put our hands together for a round of applause, and perhaps a quick prayer in hopes that we won't have to wait much longer for the next album. We have a real treat on our hands here...

John Painter

I don't know how you do it.
This album is nine different kinds of electronic deliciousness.

8-bit Shinobi

Disasterpeace - Level is ROXORS
This is the Sweetest Chiptune composition ever. From the Epicness of Level One all the way to the rewarding end of Win! Disasterpeace definately knows how to Rock out the Gameboy Chip sounds making awesomeness.

You rock dude. 5 stars of sweetness!

Michael V. Flores

DP, you've done it again!
I’ve purchased and loved DP’s last couple of albums and found that they each had a strong identity But while their songs flowed nicely from one to the next, Level’s seem somehow to be even more of a single, cohesive piece. There is plenty of variety here, yet it sounds as though Rich Vreeland has really hit that coveted stride in composition allowing him complete control over what his music is to sound like and how to use that ability to masterful effect. Perhaps where a hobbyist musician might wait for inspiration or a catchy motif to find its way into the mind and work from there, with Level as evidence, Rich posseses the expertise to determine precisely what his album needs and to then create these perfect songs without losing a bit of the natural, creative spirit that can be found in all his past music. I congratulation Rich on crafting another great album, and for demonstrating that he’s a finer musician than ever!

Sam May

Purely genius.
I tend to fall out of what's happening in music every so often, so when I heard that Disasterpeace had a new album out, I was rather surprised and didn't know what sort of sound to expect. Boy, was I blown away. I've been a fan of Rich's music for a while now and when I first received Neutralite The Hero, it didn't leave my music player for a month, as is the case with Level. This time around, though, there's so much more. The instrumentation and structuring is tighter and the melodies are more memorable than ever before. The album as a whole has a slightly darker feel than Neutralite, and I like that. Plus, not only is it a concept album (I'm a sucker for good concept albums), but it's a concept album without lyrics, which may seem impossible to the untrained listener, but you can hear this epic story unfold simply through the music, you can feel it. I don't know how DP does it, but every song he writes is pure, unhinged brilliance. I can already tell that Level will be one of my top standout releases of this year, the last two songs alone are enough to put it on the top of the list. If Rich Vreeland was making this music under employment of a game developer back in the mid-80's, I have a feeling he would've gone down in history as one of the best 8-bit composers of our time alongside the likes of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu.

Long story shot: this is a masterpiece of an album, it belongs in everybody's music collection.

Kaagen Barr

Unbelievable!
That\'s about all that can be said!

Samuel Ascher-Weiss

SWEEEEET
One of the best albums I've heard in years