Mentallo and the Fixer

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This article is about the band. For the Marvel Comics villains they are named after, see Mentallo and Fixer (comics)
Mentallo and the Fixer
Origin TX, United States
Genres Electro-industrial
Years active 1988 – present
Labels Zoth Ommog
Metropolis Records
Alfa Matrix
Off Beat
Members Gary Dassing
Past members Dwayne Dassing (1988-1999)

Mentallo and the Fixer (sometimes written as Mentallo & the Fixer) is the project name used by Texan electro-industrial musicians Gary Dassing (Mentallo) and Dwayne Dassing (The Fixer) from 1988 to 1999, and by Gary Dassing alone from 1999 to the present day. The band has several releases on the American record label, Metropolis Records. They are named after two Marvel Comics characters.

Biography[edit]

The Dassing brothers first began experimenting with music by the means of more traditional rock music instruments, such as guitar and drums. However, by the time the two formed their first band Benestrophe with vocalist Richard Mendez, the instruments of choice became synthesizers and samplers. Most of the two tapes worth of material they recorded subsequently became available as the releases "Sensory Deprivation" and "Auric Fires" on Ras Dva Records. After parting ways with Mendez, the two brothers began work as Mentallo & The Fixer. Their very first release "No Rest for the Wicked" saw a limited 500-copy run on vinyl by the Portuguese label Simbiose records, and also gained the attention of Talla 2XLC from Zoth Ommog records.

Mentallo & The Fixer soon after began their long-term relationship with the American industrial music record label Metropolis Records with their second release "Revelations 23". This release solidified the band's sound, which included "snarling distorted vocals, hard cutting sequencer rhythms, and a thunderous beat".[1] However, Mentallo & The Fixer changed directions with their following release, "Where Angels Fear to Tread".

At this time, in 1994, the Dassing brothers formed a side project with vocalist Michael Greene called Mainesthai. Mainesthai's two releases, "Out to Lunch" and "Mentallo & The Fixer Meets Mainesthai" were also both released on Metropolis Records, but not until 1998. The Dassings still recorded as Mentallo & The Fixer, releasing their next album "Burnt Beyond Recognition" in 1997, along with two singles, "Centuries" and "False Prophets".

After the departure of Dwayne Dassing from the band in 1999, Gary continued to use the Mentallo & The Fixer name and released several albums including "Algorythum", "Love is the Law", "Return to Grimpen Ward", and "Vengeance is Mine", along with the single "Systematik Ruin" to accompany "Alogrythum". Gary Dassing has returned once again after a five-year silence with the newest Mentallo & The Fixer release, "Enlightenment through a Chemical Catalyst", on Belgian record label, Alfa Matrix.

The last offering by Richard Mendez was "A Prayer in the Night" with brother James Mendez under the side project Jihad (named after the collectible card game based on White Wolf Publishing's Vampire: The Masquerade game),[2] which was released on the RAS DVA record label in 1996.[3]

Members[edit]

  • Gary Dassing, 1988 to present.
  • Dwayne Dassing, 1988-1999.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date Title Label
1992 No Rest for the Wicked Simbiose
1993 Revelations 23 Zoth Ommog/Metropolis
1994 Where Angels Fear to Tread Zoth Ommog/Metropolis
1995 Continuum Metropolis/Off Beat
1997 ...There's No Air to Breathe Zoth Ommog
1997 Burnt Beyond Recognition Metropolis/Off Beat
1999 Algorythum Metropolis/Off Beat
2000 Love Is the Law Metropolis
2001 Return to Grimpen Ward Metropolis
2001 Vengeance Is Mine Metropolis
2007 Enlightenment Through a Chemical Catalyst Alfa Matrix
2012 A Collection Of Rare, Unreleased & Remastered Alfa Matrix
2012 Music from the Eather Alfa Matrix

EPs[edit]

Date Title Label
1997 Centuries Metropolis/Off Beat
1997 False Prophets Metropolis
1999 Systematik Ruin Metropolis/Off Beat
2006 Commandments for the Molecular Age Alfa Matrix

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Cybernetic Biodread Transmission – LP side B track #1/CD track #5 "Brutal Rapture" (1992) Simbiose
  • The Cyberflesh Conspiracy – CD track #2 (1992) If It Moves...
  • We Came To Dance - Indie Dancefloor Vol. II" – CD track #11 "Decomposed" (1993) Sub Terranean
  • Zoth In Your Mind – CD track #1 "Sacrilege (Angel of Death Mix)" (1993) Zoth Ommog
  • Moonraker – 2xCD disc #1 track #3 "Grim Reality" (1994) Sub Terranean
  • The Colours of Zoth Ommog – CD track #2 "Grim Reality (Grimpen Ward Remix)" (1994) Zoth Ommog
  • Totentanz - The Best of Zoth Ommog – 2xCD disc #2 track #1 "Sacrilege (Angel of Death Mix)" and track #2 "Rapid Suffocation" (1994) Zoth Ommog
  • We Came to Dance Vol. V – CD track #6 "Legion of Lepers (Grimpen Ward Remix)" (1994) Sub Terranean
  • Electricity Vol. 6 – CD track #4 "Battered States of Euphoria" (1995) Ausfahrt
  • Moonraker Vol. II – 2xCD disc #2 track #3 "Sacrilege (Grimpen Ward Mix)" (1995) Sub Terranean
  • The Tyranny Off the Beat Vol. II – CD track #11 "Murderers Among Us (B.K. Mix)" (1995) Off Beat
  • There Is No Time – 4xCD disc #1 track #2 "Decomposed (Grimpen Ward Mix)" (1995) Ras Dva
  • The Tyranny Off the Beat Vol. III – CD track #6 "Peril" (1996) Off Beat
  • Neurostyle Vol. III – CD track #2 "Goliath" (1997) Sub Terranean
  • Reticence – CS side B track #6 "Psylocybin" (1997) SDS Productions
  • Something For Your Mind – CD track #1 "Legion of Lepers (Grimpen Ward Remix)" (1997) Zoth Ommog
  • The Tyranny Off the Beat Vol. IV – 2xCD disc #1 track #2 "Goliath" (1997) Off Beat
  • Apocalypse Now Vol. 2 – 2xCD disc #1 track #14 "Brutal Rupture (Re-Mix)" (1998) Sub Terranean
  • Electronic Lust V.1 – 2xCD disc #1 track #10 "Narcosis" (1998) Orkus
  • Electropolis: Volume 1 – CD track #5 "Vision" (1998) Metropolis
  • The Tyranny Off the Beat Vol. V – 2xCD disc #2 track #3 "Mother of Harlots (Tempo Chrusher)" (1998) Off Beat
  • Metropolis 1999 – CD track #14 "Scum of the Earth" (1999) Metropolis
  • Music Research Promotional CD MIDEM '99 Alternative – 2xCD disc #1 track #4 "When Worlds Collide" (1999) Music Research
  • The Complete History of Zoth Ommog: Totentanz – 4xCD disc #2 track #1 "Sacrilege (Angel of Death Mix)" and track #2 "Rapid Suffocation" (1999) Cleopatra
  • Electropolis: Volume 2 – CD track #2 "Murderers Among Us (Exclusive Mix)" (2000) Metropolis
  • Music Research/Alternative – CD track #4 "When Worlds Collide" (2000) Zoth Ommog
  • A Tribute To The Prodigy – CD track #8 "Jericho" (2002) Hypnotic/Anagram Records
  • Your Future Is My Past – CD track #12 "Goliath (Remix)" (2004) Machinist Records
  • Electro/R/Evolution Volume 1 – CD track #4 "Signaljammer (Unreleased Demo)" (2005) Static Sky Records
  • Endzeit Bunkertracks [Act II] – 4xCD Ltd. Edition Box Set disc #2 track #6 "Driving Off a Cliff With a Cult (An Old Friend Nearly Killed Me Mix)" (2006) Alfa Matrix
  • Matri-X-Trax (Chapter 2) – CD Promo track #7 "Brute Force Uploading (Mescalero Radio Edit)", track #8 "Opening The Bandwidth for the Cosmic Signal (AM Frequencies Radio Edit)", and track #9 "Brief But Violent Illness (Radio Blackout Re-edit)" (2006) Alfa Matrix
  • Mew Signs & Sounds 07-08/06 – CD Enhanced track #7 "Brute Force Uploading (Mescalero Radio Edit)" (2006) Zillo
  • Re:Connected [2.0] – 2xCD Box Set disc #2 track #2 "Brute Force Uploading (Mescalero Radio Edit)" (2006) Alfa Matrix
  • Sonic Seducer Cold Hands Seduction Vol. 63 – CD + CD Enhanced disc #2 track #11 "Brute Force Uploading (Mescalero Radio Edit)" (2006) Sonic Seducer
  • Sounds from the Matrix 003 – CD Promo track #1 "Signaljammer" (2006) Alfa Matrix
  • Sounds from the Matrix 004 – CD Promo track #16 "First Flower After The Flood (Trichocereus Mix)" (2006) Alfa Matrix
  • Sonic Seducer Cold Hands Seduction Vol. 67 – CD + CD Enhanced disc #1 track #2 "Outside The Pharmacies of Fairyland (Short Cut)" (2007) Sonic Seducer
  • Sounds from the Matrix 05 – CD Promo track #15 "First Flower After the Flood (Short-Cut Edit)" (2007) Alfa Matrix
  • The Giant Minutes to the Dawn – 3xCD + DVD Box Set disc #3 track #15 "First Flower After the Flood (Short-Cut Edit)" Alfa Matrix

Side projects[edit]

Mainesthai[edit]

  • Out to Lunch - CD (1994) Zoth Ommog
  • Mentallo & The Fixer Meets Mainesthai – CD (1994) Zoth Ommog • CD (1998) Metropolis
  • Body Rapture Vol. 4 – V/A CD track #2 "Dollars and Sins" (1994) Zoth Ommog
  • We Came to Dance - Indie Dancefloor Vol. VI – V/A CD track #10 "Exit (Stage Left)" (1994) Sub Terranean
  • There Is No Time – V/A 4xCD disc #2 track #9 "Y (Mama's Crazy Kitchen Mix)" (1995) Ras Dva

Benestrophe[edit]

  • Sensory Deprivation – CD Ltd. Edition (1994) Ras Dva
  • Auric Fires – CD (1997) Ras Dva
  • CD Sound Compilation Vol. 1 – V/A CD track #14 "Sensory Deprivation" (1994) IndustrialnatioN Magazine
  • There Is No Time – V/A 4xCD disc #2 track #1 "Shall Not Want (Unreleased Track)" (1995) Ras Dva
  • Dora Blue - The Ras Dva Fanbase Compilation – CD track #8 "Dog Lab (An Early Morning Remix), track #10 "D.C.O.", track #12 "Sleep Tonight (Remix)" (1996) Ras Dva
  • Awake the Machines - On the Line Vol. 2 – 2xCD disc #1 track #6 "Lesser of 2 Evils" (1997) Out of Line/Sub/Mission Records
  • Binary Application Extension 04 – CD track #15 "Sister Mary's Sleep" (1997) Genocide Project

Shimri[edit]

This is a Gary Dassing solo project.

Parking Lot In Drug Form[edit]

This is a Gary Dassing and Ric Laciak project

  • There Is No Time – V/A 4xCD disc #4 track #15 "Step Away" (1995) Ras Dva
  • AP: The Contest – V/A CD track #14 "So Cold" (1995) Zoth Ommog

Reign of Roses[edit]

Dwayne Dassing, Vocals and Lyrics by Scott Berens

  • In Bourbon and in Blood

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mentallo & The Fixer at Metropolis Records
  2. ^ Dora Blue CD Compilation interview track
  3. ^ Jihad at Discogs

External links[edit]