Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Machine- Offblast! (Elektrohasch 170)

The Dutch band, the Machine is back with their 5th studio album and it is a fantastic record with a lot of diverse elements to it and plenty of intense guitar and a lot of instrumental music. I have been pretty blown away by this one. The opening track will remind you of Earthless with the super intense guitar soloing. Wow. Dry end starts slowly and bluesy with a nice wah solo and then the intensity of the riff that has been played slowly just gets massive and the guitar solo more intense as David really goes for it. This is really David’s baby as he recorded, mixed, mastered and produced the record! Anyway the tracks ends slowly just as it began. Next up is Dry End and sounds just like QOTSA, nearly a cover song, if I did not know better. The guitar sound gets a bit heavier but the way it is sung and played. The vibe is 100% QOTSA…  Coda Sun starts off with a high tempo and a sort of an eastern vibe until the vocal kicks in and  a lot of different dynamics and changes happen in the track. Very cool song and great bass and drums on this one. Gamma really get reminded of the hardest edge Nirvana sound the way the vocal and the guitar riff work. The vocal is mixed a bit low on purpose on this track (I guess). Cool double tracked guitar appears later. And the track goes into some really cool spacey stuff.  Off Course, brings the Nirvana feel back again but they do it in their own very cool way.  This track has some really intense wah guitar with an additional delay on it so it makes it more spacey and psychedelic than previous guitar solos. Come to Light is the 16min track and the highlight of the record.. This one just blows me away, heavy, rocking, psychedelic, dynamic, spaced out.. I first saw the Machine back at the Munich Swamp Room Happening when they only had one album out and they blew me away.. Still going strong today… Great band…

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