The movies about Superheroes always have these very heavy, rocking super-soundtracks. All of the songs from MACHINE’s new EP “Dark Birds” could go to a compilation of songs for movies about Spiderman or The Avengers and join “Hero” by Nickelback or Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise”.
MACHINE, a Copenhagen-based rock band who amazed us a few years ago with their raw, strong, 100% uncompromised rock sound. The EP “Dark Birds” released on 21. August 2014 made us come back to their music. The single announcing the release – “Black Feathers” – was giving hope for something really good to come. The song is kept in “old-fashioned” rock style and is my personal highlight of the new EP. The catchy, yet not cheesy guitar riff of “Black Feathers” combined with the melodic vocals, creates a strong, yet not too overwhelming and really nice whole.
As it turned out, the formula of making music used by MACHINE on the EP can be great, but also – sometimes a bit overused, which is why the combination of the 4 songs from “Dark Birds” is going in a somewhat colourless direction. The mix of American alternative rock band Fuel’s sound and South African alternative metal group Seether’s vibe, a bit of the post-grunge wailing of guitars and the bombast characteristic for music from superhero movie soundtracks is okay, but… However, the advantages of the EP are: the solid sound (MACHINE definitely know what they want to present!) and the strong vocals.
All in all, I enjoy listening to MACHINE’s new EP. I just like it and don’t like it at the very same time: there is a part of me which is a bit disappointed about it – but the other part digs it so much! So, I recommend you to go through these 4 songs from “Dark Birds” and figure out your own opinion. You may happen to find the rock sound that you’ve been looking for in it.