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.
Stream the “Dark Birds” EP via MACHINE’s BandCamp page, Spotify or buy it via iTunes.