Mechina
Tyrannical Resurrection


3.5
great

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (205 Reviews)
November 28th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cyber-Metal

Mechina is a relatively unknown young band, that took form in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Mechina is a metal band that stands out from the rest of today's metal scene with their own sound. They have created a style of music that recall's many legends of the Industrial scene as well as the metal scene, yet still managing to create their own niche.

Dave Holch - Vocals / Keys
Joe Tiberi - Guitars / Sound Designer
David Gavin - Drums
Anthony Havemann - Bass


Mechina previously released their first full length album, "The Assembly Of Tyrants" just two years ago. The next step they have taken in their young career was to re produce a batch of songs off that album. Five songs to be exact. I can say that the extra work they put in greatly benefited the music. Production is crystal clear. Each instrument can be heard fully as the atmosphere from the electronic work provide the base of the sound. Every song flows right into the next track perfectly. Comparisons to Fear Factory can be made due to all the Industrial effects and crunchy guitar riffs that penetrate 'Mechina's" sound Although influences from other bands can be heard greatly through the music, Mechina still has the ability and the talent to write catchy and accessible songs.

This band's strength lies not only in their instruments but because they can make each song thrive with personality. The base of the music lies in the atmosphere from the keyboards. The singer, Dave, is responsible for providing the haunting backdrop of the music. The atmosphere seemingly provides a brief glimpse of what might happen in the future. Picture a city being torn apart by napalm and bullets, buildings are falling into the ground, bullets are flying and speeding towards their next target, as the victim looks into the sky with their blank eyes. The keyboard work excels at proving a picture for the listener. As a screamer, Dave's harsh vocals are full of punch. Loud and deep and filled with aggression. His clean vocals remind me of Burton's voice from previous "Fear Factory" albums. They by no means are bad, in fact the singing works with the music well. Guitar work intermingles with the keyboard work at times. Guitar work is acceptable if not downright similar to Dino's fretwork. Joe's playing revolve around slow to mid tempo rhythms. The guitars grind and crunch with heavy grooves that catch the listener off balance with insane catchiness. Lack of solos are a problem, but one you can work your away around. On tracks like, "Clash Of Cultures" the guitars play slow riffs as the screams from Dave blend with the electronic work into one of the slower paced numbers of the album. The lack of speed is made up with memorable breakdowns that sound a lot better with the inclusion of the electronic work. Drumming is stellar, ranging from rapid paced double bass patterns, to slower tempo drum fills and cymbal crashes. The drum work is slightly lower in the mix but not enough to worry. On to the bass. Bass? Although technically Mechina have a bassist, rarely do I ever hear any interesting bass lines. No matter though, with all this going on, the need of bass is limited.

Mechina have produced solid music that die hard fans of Fear Factory can come and enjoy. The guitar work, drumming, keyboard work, and the vocals seem to be at ease, complementing each others weaknesses into one whole sound. This is an album that can be purely enjoyed by those with a bond towards aggressive music. If not exactly being completely original or insanely technical, Mechina create fun music that can be played numerous times. Those reading this and confused by the lack of songs should be warned that this is not an album, just a chunk of their first albums songs. A strong showing from a young band that has the power to dominate the masses with a varied sound. The CD is incredibly hard to find, possibly because they have no label to provide their music to a wider audience. However, those who are willing to give this a try can download all five songs off of their myspace. Get to it, cyber warriors.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2007


16496 Comments


I'm not sure if I would enjoy this album, seeing as I don't like Fear Factory or bands like Fear Factory.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why? Well, It's pretty cool regardless. Guess bands like Raunchy,Mnemic,Samael and Sybreed are out of the question.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A copy of what? this or the album.

DWittisarockstar
November 28th 2007


1501 Comments


Good review, nice to see you back in form. I'll vote.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might do that of course the pax cecilia cd I sent for never came.

Slaytan
November 28th 2007


1186 Comments


Any album art available?
That first song, Clash of Cultures reminds me a little bit of Daath. /pos

Willie
Moderator
November 28th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guess bands like Raunchy,Mnemic,Samael and Sybreed are out of the question.
Great review... I might have to check them out, especially after you name-dropped all the bands above too.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

jrowa001
November 28th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really like this, i might ask them for this. cant wait to hear a full length from them. good review BallsThis Message Edited On 11.28.07

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm honored to see that Mechina have posted this on they're myspace blog. Pretty suprising and cool at the same time. Any one who hasn't checked this out before, I suggest you to get it now.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Congrats on that. That's pretty cool. I still haven't checked them out yet...

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, yeah you should check the listening party. The atmosphere is brilliant.This Message Edited On 12.20.07

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will do that in a couple hours and report back...

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just listened to all the songs... this is awesome. Is this the album that isn't on sale anymore or something? If it is, where did you get it Balls?

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, this is I guess a remix. They took 5 tracks from the previous album, Assembly Of Tyrants, and re-produced it. Im not sure if the offer is still up but at a point you could get this free 5 track cd from them off of myspace. Or you could stream this off myspace. I'm sure once they get picked up, they might re release their debut album.

onbeat
December 22nd 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=4435510

That is the direct link to their myspace page. The guys still are giving out free copies of the re-produced and upgraded version (if you will). I just talked with the singer and as long as you let them know that you'd like a free copy they will send them out. They're really good about getting the CDs out to you and are personable.

Willie
Moderator
December 22nd 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I just downloaded whatever they were giving out on one of their blogs... I'm pretty sure it was this.

BallsToTheWall
January 28th 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes. Finally got this in the mail although I have heard the songs plenty.This Message Edited On 01.28.08



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